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Army veteran discharged from Milwaukee VA after battling COVID-19

Posted at 9:19 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 22:19:40-04

There's no greater feeling than going home after beating the novel coronavirus.

After being admitted to the hospital for nearly two months, Army Veteran Joe Williams received a hero's send off from family and healthcare workers after winning his battle against COVID-19.

When asked about his thoughts of heading home, Williams remains ecstatic about his discharge, but thankful for the healthcare team at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

"Mr Williams has been here for almost two months, and it's a win for everybody here, for the whole team," said Dr Sarah Nickoloff.

A team that included siblings and loved ones who never stopped praying for him.

"Every phone call that come through twice a day, it was a scary call," said sister Sally Williams, because it could have gone the other way."

The 62-year-old Williams doesn't know how he picked up the virus. His message to others about coronavirus is simple.

"This ain't no joke," said Williams. "This is serious."

Now he's going home, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. "The toughest battle I ever fought was this COVID-19. That's the toughest battle, said Williams.

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