Last November, at the Savannah Night Stalkers – 30th Anniversary Celebration, I was able to reconnect with a lot of my brothers-in-arms through the events of that week. From fellow pilots & crew dogs to past commanders & staff officers, our docs & maintainers, both military & civilian it was a huge homecoming event for so many of us. One of the guys I was able to reconnect with was Neville Andre Anson, aka Dre.
As you will find out as you listen to our talk, Dre was a crew dog in the unit, and we flew many missions together. After we saw each other at the 30th Anniversary Celebration we exchanged contact info and agreed to catch up after the New Year. Once we did and I was able to catch up with Dre I was in shock. I was in shock because I never knew his full story, the tragedies that were part of it, and that he was a close as someone can be to taking his own life as one can. Even during this recording, I had trouble holding it together when Dre talks about one of the darkest days of his life.
Out of those life events Dre has taken it upon himself a mission to help others like himself, veterans who are in trouble and need help. Dre started an organization called Red Tape Warrior to pursue this calling. Dre is also working with the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Richmond Hill and the Savannah chapter of the NAACP. You can catch Dre on his Facebook page or feel free to drop a comment to him on this page.
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