Many years ago, my husband and I took a trip to Puerto Rico. Many people pass briefly through on the way to other Caribbean destinations. We talked with people with ties to Puerto Rico and decided to see more of the island by staying for two weeks and renting a car, staying in some of the smaller towns. Here are a few of my photos, while dated, show the beauty we found along the way.
I share this because I can validate the descriptions of the island as a special place with extreme physical beauty and proud and welcoming people. The people of Puerto Ricans have suffered due to Hurricane Maria and the lack of support from the federal government. It is a different response than was given to other US disasters.
A co-worker of mine tells me her family, including her 98 year old father, get by day to day with food and water not a sure thing, and they are not in a remote location. I don’t believe her story is unusual.
Take a look at this interesting story of Jason Maddy, who with a group of US veterans that call themselves “Grunt Rescue” took it upon themselves to go to Puerto Rico and help those in the isolated towns to get the assistance they need. You can look him up on Facebook, it seems to be legitimate. There are multiple posts from concerned family members who can’t get to family in remote areas of the island.