At the New England Center and Home for Veterans, BHCHP staffer Sharon Morrison encourages patients and those who work at the center bringing in photos of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen from every conflict going back to World War II to decorate the walls of the center.
Danny Lanigan, a Marine who had seen better days, was standing there, staring at the wall.
It was like he was looking at that wall in Washington, the one inscribed with the names of his buddies who didn’t make it back from Vietnam.
But it was a bare wall of the clinic on the second floor of the New England Center and Home for Veterans downtown.
Lanigan turned to Sharon Morrison, the nurse who runs the Boston Health Care for the Homeless clinic at the vet center.
“If I bring in a picture,” he said on that day four years ago, “will you put it up on the wall?”
Morrison smiled. “You bet I would, Danny.”