A get-well campaign for Robert Weeks
QSanAntonio, June 9, 2012
Robert Weeks, a gay San Antonio veteran, president of the San Antonio
Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights, and a much-loved friend
to many in the community, has been hospitalized for the past three weeks.
Weeks, a Viet Nam veteran, served in the United States Army for 20 years.
He is also one of the founders of the Wes Guiles color guard which participates
in Pride Parades around the state of Texas and at local San Antonio events.
Weeks' good friend and fellow veteran, Ron Clarke, told QSanAntonio that
Weeks initially went to the hospital for a blood clot but ended up having
a leg amputated and having open heart surgery. He's been breathing with
the help of a ventilator. Clark added that Weeks has no family locally.
After seeing Weeks in the hospital, Clarke says, ""Bob was so
glad to see me he held out his arms for a hug and ruffled my hair. His
mind is perfectly sharp but needs cards and balloons . . . he needs to
know people care about him. He is in for a long tough fight."
Eric Alva, another veteran who's a friend of Weeks, paid him a visit in
the Intensive Care Unit. "Though he is barely talking because he
was intubated for three weeks, he did recognize me when I walked in and
with what little strength he had, raised his right hand and gave me a
salute," Alva wrote in a Facebook posting on Wednesday.
On Friday, Alva had updated news about Weeks' condition.
"Bob had to be re-intubated yesterday morning. He is awake and alert.
He squeezed my hand and knew I was there."
Alva says that Weeks, "needs our thoughts and prayers." To that
end, he has started a "get-well-card" campaign, asking the community
to send their get well wishes to Week's hospital room.
"He is starting to get cards from around the country
now and I read two of them to him today," wrote Alva in his update.
"One from New Mexico and the other from Georgia."
To send a get well card to Robert Weeks:
Patient -Robert Weeks SICU
c/o Audie L Murphy Veterans Memorial Hospital
7400 Merton Minter
San Antonio, TX 78229-4404
Robert Weeks (standing right with Rainbow Flag) marches
with the Wes Giles Color Guard in the 2006 Pride Parade in San Antonio.