Belcher committed to helping others, community
By Debbie Hall
Harless Belcher is the first to admit that he is not a therapist, but as the number of suicides among veterans increase, he is more than willing to offer an empathetic ear.
“The key to it all is being a good listener. Let that (other) guy talk, if he will. That’s what he needs to do. He needs to talk and get it out of his system,” Belcher said. “I don’t have the expertise to help, but if he’ll talk, I’ll listen.”
In Vietnam or his native Patrick County, Belcher is committed to serving his country – a commitment he made to honor his fallen comrades and those who did not come home.
Belcher was 19 when he was drafted into the Army. He served in the 25th Division Triple Deuce, Second Battalion, Americanized Infantry, 22 Infantry Regimen.
“I was drafted right away from the sawmill” where he worked, Belcher said, and recalled the look his boss had when Belcher explained he had been drafted and had to leave his job.
His boss had served in WWII, Belcher said. “I never forgot” that look, Belcher said, adding. “I didn’t know what it meant…

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