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Monday, 21 January 2013 13:14

Huffman explains why he avoids being judgmental of others. 

“My father was an alcoholic with a history of abuse; my mother had emotional illnesses with suicide attempts, and there were other types of abuse in my family.  All of my siblings and I spent time in orphanages or foster homes.  Myself, I spent 8 years in an orphanage from 5 to 13 years old in New Britain, CT.  I spent 3 years in the projects in DE. I saw discrimination on both sides, white and black.  I was a bully and was bullied.  I flunked 7th and 9th grade and dropped out of school believing it was dumb to be intelligent; and worked for a year or 2 for a TV and appliance store and was a volunteer fireman.  I joined the Marines and was blinded in Vietnam in 1968, then was paralyzed for a short time with some permanent neurological damage from a car accident in 1970.

As a result of my history, I could have been a homosexual, a pedophile, a criminal, an alcoholic, a drug addict, lazy, homeless, etc.  Somehow with the help of the VA, family, and friends I dodged those kinds of problems, although at times, I fumbled through life and made mistakes as others do.  I know what it’s like to accuse and be falsely accused.  Being totally blind and accomplishing all I did during my lifetime, I’ve realized the most important thing:  I did not do it by myself; I did it with the help of God, with the assistance of VA and other agencies, family, and friends. 

When I came back from Vietnam hyper-vigilant, I was on the edge.  I can’t explain why I didn’t do drugs, why I got involved in martial arts, received an education, and helped others.  I got there because of you.  How can I judge you; I did my own fumbling along the way just as you have.