Vet Center retirement: A shoulder to lean on
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#1 Aug 2, 2009
The effect that this man had on my husband and subsequently my family put him in a category of sainthood. Thank you Farrell Udell and thank you AnaMaria for covering the everyday heros.
#2 Aug 2, 2009
It was my great pleasure to have had Farrell as a Social Work Professor. Congratulations on your retirement Farrell. You are an amazing person!!
#3 Aug 13, 2009
I did my MSW graduate internship/practicum with Farrell.
I have worked and interacted with many other social workers along with vet center counselors, but none of them came to the level of professionalism as what Farrell showed the veterans everyday.
Thank you for your service in Vietnam and the Marine Corps along with the Vet Center.
You'll never be forgotten.
#4 Aug 3, 2011
he was no hero to me at first, for sure...but the more I met with his face and character at his famous desk in the corner overlooking all of Santa Fe plains...wide open ...yet next to artwork that Viet Nam vets like myself had painted then gifted to his life there...I was continually amazed at what he could effect upon humanity's humble veterans so so forgotton that ...speaking up was a crime anywhere else ...it seems.
he always always came to the table honestly a marine, all the way.
he didn't waiver in both ugliness seen or heard when performing this very formidable job there at Santa Fe Vet Ctr, NM, brothers road...exceedingly.
my own story wasn't his experiences in that awful conflict but he took it as if it was his story adn never demanded it be differently scribed.
I am one of the many Navy Nurse Corps women he helped realize that war just doesn't end at the bus home to families totally in the dark over issues accompanying their bags out from under the bus...
and that a man's sensibilities are pretty much the same as a woman's...maybe more so when war is done. he never compared the two but he admired all women whom tried ot participate for their country's image & lives of the freedoms we all went for. no matter our roots or educations.
Marine Corpsimages everywhere on posters now spaek of that "commitment and honor"...thus describe his ways on all levels. simply, a Farrell Udell's life
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