Social worker helps make Veteran’s final dream come true

As a little girl, she dreamt of Hawaii as she paged through her parents’ photo albums and heard the story of how they first met. As a woman, she day dreamt of sandy beaches and a tropical paradise as her plane flew over Oahu en route to Taiwan. But, at age 60, Rebecca Golden was diagnosed with lung cancer and given a prognosis of less than 12 months to live. Her dream appeared as if it would only be that: a dream.

With the help of one of Phoenix VA’s many unsung heroes, Golden, a seven-year U.S. Air Force Veteran, would realize her dream.

Lisa Terry, an oncology social worker, approached Golden about the Dream Foundation’s “Dreams for Veterans” program.

“They are a wish-granting foundation for adults with terminal illness, and have a special program for Veterans to grant them an end of life wish,” Terry said. “It’s a wonderful program that provides a lot of hope and inspiration for Veterans at the most difficult time in their life.”

Golden became the third Veteran Terry helped to realize a lifelong dream. Terry volunteered for a national training certification so she could help Veterans with the foundation’s application process, but she said any VA social worker…

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