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Richard Post joined the Army in January 1971 and served in the Army Security Agency, which was the Army’s signals intelligence branch from 1945-1976, where he went to school to learn morse code. Although he requested to stay in the Army and continue to work, they chose to medically discharge him in November 1971 due to back problems from polio he contracted at age seven.
To support himself, he started working as a bartender and cook, until he was able to get into the medical field and worked as an ER tech for three years. Richard then went to school to become a Registered Nurse working mostly in the Emergency Room and the Intensive Care Units before his retirement in 2015. He then continued working in Home Health as a nurse and in tele healthcare and became the Director of an Alzheimer's Unit in an Assited Living Facility, before his second retirement in 2019.
Richard was diagnosed in 2017 with kidney failure from complications of diabetes and hypertension. He started hemodialysis three days a week in 2020 where he battles very low energy the day of and regains some strength the day after. He still does some gardening and yardwork even though his strength is limited.
Richard and his wife, Carrie, have been married for 48 years, have three boys and five grandchildren. Before his kidney disease, he coached Little League, American Legion baseball and refereed High School sports. As an adult, Richard was an athlete himself playing racquet ball and softball and was good enough to win awards for his achievements along the way!
A new kidney would give him the health to enjoy his love of outdoors and gardening; his desire for Carrie and he to be able to travel; and play sports with his grandchildren!
Richard has enlisted the help of a Veteran's organization called DOVE Transplant that is helping in his outreach to find his life saving kidney donor. DOVE will assist all prospective donors throughout the process and make sure they do not incur any out of pocket expenses related to the evaluation or surgery.
A healthy person can live a normal life with one kidney and save this Veteran's ! Please click on the link below if you would like to learn more OR call 551-449-8319. Thank you.
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