American veterans make up some of the most vital, yet undervalued and underrepresented populations in the United States. Many of them have been drastically injured, made sick or aged, and are forced to seek treatment at area VA hospitals.
Cambridge Who’s Who member Paul “Sequence” Ferguson started his professional career in the military in 1978. After he left the military in 1990, he had an experience at a VA hospital that changed his outlook forever. As he lay injured, bedridden and isolated, a stranger came over and asked him how he was feeling. He saw such a big difference in his life from the personal attention that he decided to devote his life to the cause of helping VAs everywhere.
Paul started Yes We Care Inc. to expressly help veterans, and give back to the individuals who strive to protect and enhance their lives. The 501 (c)(3) organization accepts tax-deductible contributions, which pay for informative flyers and literature. The funding also covers the cost of organizing visits to VA hospitals and organizing veteran meet-ups.
Yes We Care Inc. hosts guest expert speakers, providing information to veterans and organization leaders striving to improve the lives of veterans. Yes We Care Inc. operates prostate cancer hotlines to ensure male veterans have access to accurate and up-to-date information for their health. Additionally, Yes We Care Inc. constantly donates goods to our nation’s heroes — in the past several months, Paul donated 1,000 pairs of socks to veteran amputees.
Paul has had a prolific musical life as well. He has been playing guitar and keys since he was 12 years old and has performed alongside musical luminaries such as Isaac Hayes, George Benson and Dr. Donald Byrd. Whenever he can he provides smooth jazz concerts at VA hospitals all around the county, he enjoys playing and bringing smiles to veterans’ faces. He also enjoys singing and dancing with them. One of the most important aspects, though, is knowing that he has personally touched the life of an individual, much as he did coming out of the army. Paul will never forget how, when he gave a blind veteran personalized attention, he replied, “Thank you so much, that was the best. I could see and feel the music.”
Paul has also applied his talents to his photography interests and has more than 400 photographs for sale, including framing. Each and every sale assists Yes We Care Inc. in their impassioned endeavors to help vets. Paul also has a collection of music CDs and relaxation DVDs, where he has assembled compositions and performances on several albums with progressive and soulful jazz sounds. As enterprising as he is dedicated to a positive cause, Paul has started a brand new website, www.relaxationtools.net. After reading up on his fruitful music career, visitors may browse and purchase these DVDs, music CDs and a host of other relaxation products available for download. Proceeds go straight to Yes We Care Inc.
Paul is also the executive producer of a radio show named Public Matters, which is on more than 11 AM and FM stations. Public Matters is Long Island’s own 30-minute, public service radio show, which strives to raise awareness of the issues relevant to the environment, families, education, the arts and the beauty of the Long Island region. Public Matters is hosted by Jeanne Fontana. Most recently, Paul was featured on Heroes on our Island, a show that presents Long Island-based residents who are making a positive difference and doing exceptional things within their communities.
To watch the video and learn more about the organization, visit the Yes We Care Inc. website http://www.yeswecare.net/info-gallery.html.