Organization: Senior Helpers
What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues?
Rev Alfonso Jackson became a life member of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) in 2012 and dedicates his time as the Chaplin of the Regional Orange County division of the BVA serving over 6,000 blinded veterans. With almost complete vision loss in 2013, Rev Jackson has had to adapt and overcome life’s hurdles and believes his calling is to serve his fellow brother and sister Veterans.
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Born February 6th 1938 in Birmingham Alabama, raised by his mother after losing his father at three years old. Alfonso Jackson entered into the United States Navy in 1955 at the young age of 17 and went on to serve 3 tours in Vietnam. In 2012, Alfonso started losing his vision and within the next few months most of his vision was gone. Rev. Jackson had to relearn how to see, this time not with his eyes but rather with touching and feeling. He first attended rehab in Augusta Georgia, where he also became very active in the Veteran community. He knew right away he wanted to dedicate his time to helping other veterans with their disabilities. Rev Jackson continued his rehabilitation in Long Beach Ca and went on to graduate the rehab program in 2015.
Now currently serving as the Chaplin of the Long Beach BVA and assisting over 6,000 veterans throughout the Orange County region, Rev Jackson is very active in the veteran community. He attends the VA multiple times per month, is an active speaker and recently volunteered for the White Cane Walk. With a contagious laugh and a heart of Gold, Rev Jackson can bring out the best in anyone and is passionate for caring for his fellow vets. He believes everyone including veterans should be loved and cared for while they are still here. Find the humor in life and make the best out of it while you still can, are just some of the words of wisdom he so often likes to share. He says, Veterans never give up they only fade away.
“Get your roses while you can still smell them and see them” – Rev Alfonso Jackson