With the passing of Retired Master Sergeant Nicholas Oresko there were a few things that I believe should be brought up. One is about some of the hardest challenges that War Veterans can face is after the war is over. But even with our Nation’s increasing numbers of Combat veterans, there are things that people assume and take for granted that would never happen. For Retired Master Sergeant Nicholas Oresko it was outliving all of his immediate family .
I tried to imagine that I was in his place. Advance age with wife and children no longer living going into a high risk surgery. I mean with all of that retaining the will to live and not just ‘give up” would be extremely hard. It seems that there were others who shared this concern.
“They understood the type of person we were talking about and said, ‘We can’t let him die alone,’” Robitaille said, adding that people have come from as far away as Maine and Maryland to visit Oresko during the week. “He’s loved throughout the Army. He’s an American hero.”
Oresko had no living immediate family, but he was never alone at the hospital after being taken there earlier in the week from a Cresskill assisted living facility, Carbone said. Veterans and young members of various branches of military service were at his side, with more than two dozen at the hospital Friday afternoon before he was taken to have surgery.
“The kids held his hand and prayed with him,” Carbone said.
The support that he received in light of this heart breaking challenge is what makes this a story.