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Antonio...

Meet Antonio -- Afghanistan war veteran, disability discharge with honor, homeless, denied disability payments for 3 years, living in Riverside Park, age 41, father and mother both died of cancer, wife and love of his life died of cancer, alone but for the people he meets on the street. Hoping for a resolution to his disability payment status, and then will move to Brazil to be with his daughter in Sao Palo. I brought him a Wendy's special #2 and sat with him awhile he struggled to eat with only a few teeth. He told me of his life story while I sat with him inside Wendy's. We both cried a bit, he said, "don't worry, it takes a man to cry and I have PTS too so sometimes I just can't help crying alot." He told me of the statue on the next photo. I promised I would tell his story. But I will have to write a long essay on that, not for here.

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Taken on September 24, 2007