As a Vietnam veteran approached the end of his life from a hospital bed, he had one wish: to see his beloved horses one last time. Despite his paralysis, Gonzales has made a living out of his passion for horses and is one of the only registered horse trainers in Texas who is disabled, his wife said.

Gonzales was shot and paralyzed while fighting in Vietnam. On a recent visit to a hospital for a back wound, Gonzalez found out he had also developed liver issues and that his kidneys were starting to shut down. Whether by coincidence or fate, Gonzales’s final meeting with his two horses took place May 21st – the same date his life changed forever in Vietnam some 46 years ago. Gonzales was wheeled out into the fresh air. Friends and family held his hands and stroked his hair as Sugar and Ringo were led to his bedside.

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Dying Vietnam veteran says goodbye to his beloved horses

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