Dedicated Iwo Jima veteran continues serving those in need
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CREEDMOOR, N.C. -- It's a war story many of us have heard, but for retired U.S. Marine Col. Bill Henderson, the Battle of Iwo Jima was his life's mission.
"The best friend I've ever had died I was holding him in my arms when he died," Henderson said. "When we captured it, we had a group that took and raised the flag, that was my battalion that raised the flag on Iwo Jima."
And while the incredible recollections and memories are often tough to talk about, he continues to share them with a special audience back at home.
Stories of faith and courage in hopes of inspiring these men to push through their own hardships.
"Since my life is limited, I am not going to waste it. I'm not going to spend one day in frustration and anger and those things that don't produce anything, life is too important,” Henderson said to the two handfuls of men.
Each Monday, Henderson wheels his way into Converting Heart Ministries, sharing words of wisdom with those battling addiction.
"They've been broken, their self-esteem has been damaged, they feel like no one cares about them and then to have people like Col. Henderson who are heroes... to spend time with them, to teach them, to share with them, it's invaluable,” said CEO Shawn Saunders.
Talks that are truly making a difference. Community Hearts Ministries has more than 50 volunteers like Col. Henderson who donate their time to the organization.
"He's willing to come out here at 89 years old and beside all his ailments, just willing to give back has really touched my heart,” said former meth addict Paul Bryant, who completed the program and is drug free.
Over the years, a stroke and heart attack have confined Henderson to a wheel chair, but there's nothing that's going to stop the hero from continuing to serve.
"I'm going to live as long as I'm alive, so I'm going to be doing something until I die,” he said smiling. "Don't waste one day, don't waste one day."
For more information on Converting Heart Ministries visit their website here.