"As Hurricane Harvey barreled down on the city of Houston, Matt Meloni, a 38-year-old ex-Army ranger who was visiting from Oklahoma for a procedure at the Texas Medical Center, hunkered down at his extended stay hotel, approximately two miles from the Houston VA.
"I recently found out I popped positive for prostate cancer," said Meloni. "I flew to Houston to get treatment and undergo surgery, I was scheduled for surgery on the 28th, but then the hurricane hit."
Having not anticipated how long he'd be confined to the hotel, Meloni ventured to the closest grocery store for food and supplies.
"I went to Fiesta across the street and stocked up on food," said Meloni. "After returning to the hotel and having dinner, I felt pain in my lower abdomen. At the onset I thought it could just be a stomach ache, but I soon realized that wasn't the case. I googled 'appendices' and realized it was a very serious situation. Immediately, my training as a ranger kicked in and I knew I needed to get myself to the VA."...