When our office first began assisting the disabled veteran that lost his home I never would have imagined that I would have taken this fight so personally but after 4 months I can honestly say that my life will never be the same. How many times do you pick up the newspaper and skim over a story about someone losing their home? I know that I am guilty of paying more attention to the squirrel that can ride on skis than taking the 2 minutes to read a story of how someone’s life will forever be changed after losing their home. There is a social stigma that is attached to the word foreclosure and when people hear that word they assume that the fault lies solely on the shoulders of the homeowner but the underlying reality is that this isn’t the case. I can safely assume that anyone that reads this has known someone, whether it is a family member or an acquaintance, that has had to relocate because they could not afford their mortgage and a financial institution foreclosed on them. There are many stories that have never been afforded the luxury of being told, stories that would change your definition attached to the word foreclosure and by all accounts this is one of those stories.
This is a story of someone that exhausted every available resource to save his home, a perfect storm of sorts where when everything that could have went wrong did. With substantial certainty I can say that this veteran did everything within his power to save his home, a home that he has lived in for over 17 years and raised a family in. Life throws curve balls at all of us at some point throughout our lives and we are faced with two choices when something like this happens; we can lie down and quit or we can muster up the strength to fight for what we believe in. This veteran has chosen to stand and fight for what he believes in and in my opinion it takes a stronger person to reach out to others when they cannot accomplish a goal by fighting alone.
Every day people throw loose change from their pockets into a jar or into the console of their vehicle and that change sits there for months or years never being thought of. As of 2013 the U.S. Census Bureau reported that there were over 184,000 people that resided within the boundaries of Livingston County and if a third of those people allocated that loose change collecting dust we could save this home. By no means am I saying that the task before us is not, at first glance, an insurmountable hurdle to overcome but the ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy. And if all of us want to be remembered for one thing in our life it should be that we stood for something that we believe in, something that took a little effort from all to save one.
Please take a moment to read the stories below and if you believe this to be a worthy cause please pass this message along for others to read and please know that any amount given is one step closer to keeping someone in their home.
Here is a picture from our Veterans hospital room with his "Get Well" balloon!
Our Veteran was released from the hospital and is now back at the rehabilitation facility and is doing very good. I brought him his birthday cards that were sent in to our office over the last week and the smile on his face was priceless. Our office is pursuing several possibilities that could allow our Veteran to stay in his home and I will provide more updates as they come along but for now please pass this story on to your friends and family.
We are really close to hitting $ 10,000.00 so let's share our veterans story and keep this fight going.
I went to a local store on my lunch and as I was walking back to my vehicle I was stopped by a woman with her young daughter. The woman said that she saw me on the news about a week ago and she wanted to thank us for our efforts to save our disabled veterans home and that her daughter had been saving up her money so she could donate. The daughter pulled out 5 $1.00 bills and asked me to give this to our veteran so he could stay in his home. Sometimes in life we feel as if the tasks that we want to accomplish are insurmountable but it only takes one example like this to give you the strength to carry on and accomplish your goal. Let's help keep our veterans story fresh in the minds of everyone and keep sharing and spreading the word until we reach our goal.
I drove over to the Rehab Facility today to drop off all of the Birthday Cards that were sent in for our Veteran and I was informed that he was transported to the Hospital to be treated for pneumonia. I was informed by the staff that he wanted everyone to know that he truly appreciates the fact that so many people are thinking about him. One of the nurses told me that they are confident that they caught the pneumonia before it progressed and that he should be back to the Rehab Facility in a few days. I will hold on to the cards until then and when he gets back I will bring them to him and update the site with his progress. I am including a few pictures of the cards that were mailed to our office because I feel that it is important to show the large amount of support that he has been receiving in this unfortunate time. Just like all of you reading this, my family and I will keep our Veteran in our prayers for a speedy recovery.
It is the Veterans birthday today and it would be great to show our support in his fight to save his home. Please feel free to leave a personal message and share his story. I will be visiting him later on today to drop off some of the birthday cards that I have received and it isn't too late to stop by our office to drop off a card. We are located at: 2300 E. Grand River Suite 109, Howell, MI 48843. The outpouring of support is wonderful and I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your support.
It's our Veterans birthday tomorrow and if you are in the howell area please stop by 2300 e. Grand river suite 109 and drop off a birthday card. I am going to stop by the rehabilitation facility tomorrow afternoon to drop off any birthday cards I receive and I know he would love some words of encouragement.
Our office received several birthday cards yesterday for our Veterans birthday that is tomorrow 16-July-2014. If you would like to send in a birthday card for him it isn't too late and I plan on bringing all of the cards to him tomorrow to raise his spirits a little. Let's keep this story alive by passing along to friends and family and I know that we can achieve our goal of keeping him in his home where he belongs. Again, it is because of all of you that he is one step closer to making his dream come true and as our Veteran has said before, "I believe in Miracles." So, let's make this miracle happen!
We are so close to the $6000.00 mark! Please share and let's keep our veteran in his home.
It is impossible to thank you all enough for your generous donations! Ross and I sincerely appreciate all our fellow Veterans, their families and other supporters! If you would like to help Ross more, please consider:
1. Forwarding the link below in an email to ALL your friends/contacts,
2. Send the link below to any Veteran’s groups you may belong to,
3. If you are on LinkedIn, consider posting the link on your LinkedIn page,
4. If you are on Facebook, consider posting the link on your profile page and/or on any Facebook groups you belong to,
5. If you have a Twitter account, please Tweet the link, and
If you know of any celebrity willing to publicly support Ross and/or any company or entity that supports Veterans and may be willing to sponsor Ross, please let me know. Thank you again!
PLEASE HELP A VETERAN SAVE HIS HOME! http://www.gofundme.com/KoreanWarVeteran
I just got off the phone with a Vietnam Veteran that our office assisted last year and he mentioned that he had just received some unexpected money and the first person he thought of was our Veteran that lost his home. He said that he wanted to donate because when he needed help our office went above and beyond in assisting him and this is his way of paying it forward. Most of us don't ever get to see just how big a difference we make in others lives just by simple actions and it is nice to hear that you changed someones life for the better. Please take a moment to read our Veterans story and pass it along because everyone deserves to have a place that they can call home.
I spoke to the Veteran this morning and his physical therapy has been going very well. He wants me to tell everyone that he says HI and that he can't stop grinning because he says that he finally has a sense of hope that all of the unfortunate situations that have been happening to him are going to take a turn for the better. Again, please remember that his birthday is on the 16th of July and if you could please take a moment to leave a message on the site wishing him a Happy Birthday I know that he would love it. Let's make this miracle happen and pass this story along to anyone that is interested in helping keep our Veteran in his home. Thanks again for all of the support and I will post more updates in the next day or two.
I am in disbelief at the generosity of everyone who has donated to this cause so far. When I woke up this morning I couldn't believe we raised over $2000.00 in 24 hours. We are a long ways away from our goal but we are getting there so please keep sharing this story to everyone and let's keep this veteran in his home.
The Veterans Birthday is on July 16th and I think it would be great if we are able to get to $5000.00 by then and without all of you sharing his story we never would have been able to get to where we are at today. We have a long way to go but I know that we can get there. From the bottom of my heart we want to thank each and every one of you for your generous donations. This is a quote that I thought of when I first starting helping our Veteran and I think it is appropriate to share with all of you.
"Things are OK when you believe in something greater than yourself in this world."
We just surpassed $3000.00!
So close to reaching $3000.00. Let's see if we can hit it by the end of the day today! Thanks for all of the support and please feel free to share this story with any one you feel should read it.
Just got off of the phone with a person that has offered some very encouraging words of support that has breathed a breath of fresh air into this fight for the Veteran to save his home. All of this is overwhelming to say the least and I feel very blessed that we are receiving so much support from everyone. As I have said before, any amount that you can donate whether it be $5.00 or $500.00, in the end it all adds up and gets us closer to saving this Veterans home. The Veterans Birthday is July 16th and I would love to be able to visit the Veteran in the rehab facility and show him how much we have donated. In the next 6 days let's make it a birthday that he will never forget! God bless all of you for the support that has been given.
We just surpassed $2000.00 this morning! Over $1000.00 raised in 24 hours. Let's keep the support and donations going until we reach our goal. I spoke with the Press & Argus yesterday and they are going to publish an article in the newspaper in the next day or two. When people ask me why I am doing this for someone that I don't know I simply respond, "because I may need help someday and I hope that there will be someone to lend me a hand if I need it." We are only on this earth for a very short period of time and if we all look out for each other it will make our time here that much more enjoyable. God Bless all of you.
We have raised almost $1000.00 in 24 hours and that is amazing so please keep sharing and let's see if we can't raise another $1000.00 by this time tomorrow.
We received an email from a person that lives in Australia that was interested in donating to save the Veterans home and I just wanted to share that the Veteran is in disbelief that his message has reached so many people around the world. He wanted me to tell all of you that he is so appreciative for all of your support.
I wanted to take a moment to extend a very big thank you to FOX 2 News for giving us the opportunity to allow the Veteran to be heard and to tell his story the way that it should be told. The end goal that we are working for is that the Veteran wants is to stay in his home because that is what he knows and what he is comfortable with and with all of the generous donations we are heading on the right path to make that dream a reality. Again, thank you so much for all of the donations and let's not stop until we reach our goal.
We just hit our $1000.00 mark today and I know it might not seem like a lot but to the veteran it is one step closer to the goal of keeping him in his home. Please make sure to tune into FOX 2 News tonight at 10:00 p.m. to watch the interview.
FOX 2 News will be coming out to our office today for an interview and I was informed that it should be on the 10:00 p.m. news tonight. Please feel free to pass the message along and please tune in tonight for updates on the story. Thanks.
I just wanted to give everyone an update on our Veteran. He is in high spirits after a surgery to remove an infection in his foot and he wants me to pass the message along that he is very appreciative at the out pouring of support from everyone. FOX 2 news will be contacting our office today to arrange an interview to help tell the veteran's story so please stay tuned. Thank you again for all of the support and I will update more soon.
Spoke to our Veteran on the phone today and he should be released from the hospital tomorrow. Please remember to keep him in your prayers.
FOX 2 News will be coming out Tuesday afternoon to do an interview for the story on the veteran that lost his home and I will provide more updates as they come along. We are also very blessed that milive chose to pick up the story also and if you have not read the article yet i encourage you to do so. It was a very well written piece that gives an accurate look into the current situation that the veteran is in. Someone had made a comment about moving the veteran into an assisted living facility and I wanted to address this because the veteran and I have spoke at length about this. The veteran wants to reside in his home because it is his home and he feels comfortable there. As veterans advocates we will do whatever is within our power to keep him in his home and when we raise the funds needed to save the house we have a plan in place to coordinate with a local business that assists homebound veterans and has the ability to provide in home care as needed. Again, thank you so much for all of the support and please feel free to pass this along to anyone that may be able to assist.
On this day I thank all of the proud men and women that sacrificed their lives for this great country we live in. We have received a large amount of support in such a short period of time to help our veteran stay in his home and please remember to take a photo of the fireworks tonight and post them on this page so we can show him and give him the opportunity to experience the 4th of July festivities.
Wishing a Happy 4th of July to everyone and remember to thank a veteran today!
I wanted to provide a quick update on our Korean War Era Veteran who lost his home in a sheriff sale a few months ago. For those of you who do not know the Veteran needs to raise $132,000.00 to stay in his home and we have a little over 3 months left to raise the funds. I started a gofundme site for the veteran to solicit donations and I am currently working with several businesses in the area to donate for a benefit golf scramble that my wife and I are putting together for the Veteran. I was interviewed by WHMI the other day and was also contacted by the Ann Arbor news and they plan on publishing a news article on the Veteran. I am taken aback by the out pour of support that has been given to the veteran and I receive daily words of encouragement to pass along to the Veteran. These are the positive things that have been happening in the last week and now down to the not so positive. I called the Veteran two days ago to give him some updates on where we were at in saving his home and he informed me that he had to be transported to the hospital for complications that arose from toes that had been amputated last year. The Dr. was cautiously optimistic but informed the Veteran that he may have to have his left leg amputated below the knee. We are crossing our fingers that he doesn’t have to have it amputated but if he does we are setting up a plan to have the V.A. in Ann Arbor coordinate with our office to provide in home care for the Veteran. Please keep the Veteran in your prayers and if any of you would be so gracious to take a few pictures of fireworks for the 4th of July and email them to me I will pass the pictures along to him so he doesn’t have to miss out on the 4th of July festivities. Below is a link to the site to make a donation and if you feel more comfortable sending a check please make checks payable to Ross Dahlberg and send to 2300 E. Grand River Suite 109, Howell, MI 48843. We appreciate all of the support and I hope all of you have a safe and happy 4th of July!
News Article WHMI
Fundraising Efforts Underway to Help Veteran Keep Brighton Home
July 1, 2014
Fundraising Efforts Underway to Help Veteran Keep Brighton Home
7/1/14 - It’s no easy mission but some members of the community are coming together to raise funds in hopes of keeping a Veteran in his Brighton home. 82-year-old Ross Dahlberg is a Korean War-era veteran who has suffered from a lot of medical problems over the last year and is now confined to a wheelchair. He fell behind on his mortgage after several surgeries and despite efforts to obtain assistance through a state program as well as efforts to intervene by the Livingston County Department of Veterans Affairs; Dahlberg’s home was sold for $132,000 at a sheriff auction. Veterans Benefits Counselor Joshua Parish tells WHMI he wholeheartedly feels an injustice has been done to Dahlberg in that he’s been overlooked and essentially taken advantage of by the system. He says Dahlberg sought assistance and believed he had been accepted in the state program but was hospitalized at the time recovering from a triple bypass surgery. Dahlberg learned upon returning home that he had actually been denied due to a clerical error. Parish says an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order was filed in the local court system to try and prevent the sale that day but it was denied and a private investor also fell through. There is a six month redemption period for Dahlberg to come up with the full amount owed of $132,000. Parish says they’re soliciting donations through the Go Fund Me website and planning fundraisers to try and help. The department is also accepting checks on Dahlberg’s behalf from any businesses for tax write-off purposes, which can be mailed to: Livingston County Veterans Affairs, 2300 E. Grand River Suite 109 Howell, MI 48843.
I spoke with the Veteran this morning and he is in good spirits. He doesn't think that he will be out of the hospital by the 4th of July and wanted everyone to know that he is overwhelmed with appreciation at the amount of support that has been pouring in lately. If you can please read the Veteran's story and donate to the cause if possible. Any amount is greatly appreciated and 100% of what we raise is going towards paying off the amount owed so the Veteran can live out the rest of his days in his own home.
Update: Veteran is currently in the hospital for complications from a past surgery. The doctors are doing some exploratory work and they may need to amputate his left leg. Please say some prayers for him and he wanted everyone to know that he is so appreciative for all of the support. I will post more updates as soon as I know more.
WHMI just broadcasted our interview so tune in for any rebroadcasts in the future. Thanks for all of the donations thus far and keep em coming. We cannot quit until we reach our goal of keeping the veteran in his home.
Yesterday afternoon I was interviewed by WHMI 93.5 Livingston County so please tune in to listen to the interview. We are not sure when it will be on air but I will keep everyone updated. Please feel free to pass the link along to anyone that may be willing to donate to the cause.
We were just contacted by a News Reporter for the Ann Arbor News and she is interested in covering the story on the Veteran. We feel that a terrible injustice has been done to the Veteran and his story should be told. Step Forward Michigan initially approved the Veterans request for help but then sent a denial letter a week before the Veteran lost his home informing him that he was denied due to a clerical error. Please feel free to share to anyone you believe may be able to help.
If anyone would feel more comfortable sending a check to donate to the fund to keep the Veteran in his home please send to: Livingston County Veterans Affairs, 2300 E. Grand River Suite 109, Howell, MI 48843.
If anyone in the Livingston County area of Michigan is willing to donate or would like to discuss the situation of the Korean War Era Veterans loss of home please feel free to email me on this site. Thank you again for all of your support and please continue to share the link to the donation page.
Working with a local business to set up a fresh whitefish fry in the next few weeks. I will post more updates of the time and location.
We have received our first few donations and I am overjoyed at the support that we are receiving. I have contacted the local paper to see if they would like to do an article on our Veteran and I will keep you updated throughout this entire process. Thanks again for all of the support and hopefully at the end of this the Veteran will be able to pay off his mortgage and own the home outright.
Here is a picture of the Veterans home that he has lived in for the past 20 years.
Photo of Veterans Home
Please feel free to share this with anyone. I work for a county veterans office in Howell, MI and I am a veterans benefits counselor.
I am new to this and not entirely sure how it works and I can answer any questions or concerns that you may have. The main goal is to keep the Veteran in his home and we are currently working on fund raisers for the Veteran to raise money.