Dying Vietnam Vet Says Goodbye to His Horses Outside San Antonio Hospital

Lupe Hernandez/South Texas Veteran's Health Care System

On May 21, an ailing Vietnam veteran, Roberto Gonzalez of Premont, Texas, got to see his beloved horses for one last time. The horses, Sugar and Ringo, were brought to the doors of Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio so they could spend some time with Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is paralyzed from an injury he incurred while serving in Vietnam. Coincidentally, May 21 marked 46 years exactly since he was injured overseas. According to KSAT, he was initially taken to Audie Murphy Hospital for a back injury. However, once admitted, he suffered liver issues and his kidney’s began failing.

Not knowing how much time he had left, his wife Rosario Gonzalez arranged for him to say goodbye to his horses. As she says, “Horses are his life. We’ve been training and raising horses for 30, 40 years.” Gonzalez is actually one of the few disabled registered horse trainers in Texas.

Vietnam Vet Says Goodbye to Horses
Lupe Hernandez/South Texas Veteran’s Health Care System

Photos taken of Gonzalez’s meeting with his horses show his family and close friends standing around him, holding his hands while Ringo and Sugar stood beside him.

“When the horses came up to him, he actually opened his eyes,” Rosario told KABB. “They came up to him and I think they were actually kissing him.”

Rosario hopes that people seeing this understand that they too can have their last wishes granted, no matter what.

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Dying Vietnam Vet Says Goodbye to His Horses Outside San Antonio Hospital