Ken Sutherland has Parkinson’s disease.
He is no longer able to toss a ball with his grandson, hold a paintbrush or play music on a piano. His wife, Laura, is an ordained minister and also works for Advanced Spine & Sports Medicine in Dallas to support them.
But that’s not the story here. Sutherland doesn’t want pity.
Why did I choose to go into the military? While I wish I could share with you a patriotic story, unfortunately, I cannot. I was simply intrigued by the Navy.
I was born and raised in Texas with my brother until we were taken from my mother for severe abuse and neglect and placed in a children’s shelter. I vowed at 14 that no matter what I had to do, I would not become my mother – pregnant at 16 and addicted to drugs and alcohol.