INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 1, 2016) - A Hoosier native spent more than 70 years serving our nation and the heroes who defend it.
Ted Wells enlisted in the Army just weeks before his 18th birthday during World War II. He and 250 classmates at Arsenal Tech got their high school diplomas early and set out to serve.
For Wells, it was the beginning of a unique and impactful career in the military.
He served in the Army, Navy and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force.
He was a do-it-all service member. He went from swabbing the deck, to serving coffee, to earning top security clearance and serving on secret missions during the Cold War.
In the 1990s, Wells helped create the Tri Care for Life program that protects the benefits of millions of retired military vets and their families still to this day.
In 1994, Wells successfully lobbied to keep Grissom AFB open. It was a move that saved millions of taxpayer dollars.
Wells doesn't consider himself a hero, but for a man who dedicated his life to serving his country and those who work to protect it, many argue that Ted is nothing but a hero.
“I just did what I chose to do and what the nation needed me to do which is the innate responsibility and duty of any citizen in my judgment,” said Wells.
And he’s still serving veterans and military families today.
Today, Wells lives at American Seniors Communities, American Village in Indianapolis. He works with vets on gaining financial assistance through the VA Aid and Attendance program. A program Wells says only 30 percent of those vets who qualify to use it actually take advantage of it. The program adds an additional $1,000 to $2,000 of income a month to those who need it.
Wells also helped raise five children with his high school sweetheart wife, Dot.
For information on the VA Aid and Attendance program, click here.