Fort Hood Hug Lady Medical Bills

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Elizabeth Laird is the IIICorps Hug Lady, she has met almost every deployment and redeployment flight from Fort Hood to the Sand Box since the war started in 2003. She feels that her Family in Camo needs to know that some one here at home is interested and waiting for them to come home again. It's estimated that over the span of 12 years she has hugged close to 500,000 troops. Elizabeth knows that her Lord has given her this mission, to give smiles, hugs and love to all of her troops. Since 2005 she has been battling breast cancer, after 10 years she has come to the point that the cancer is wearing her down. She has been in the hospital for 5 days and she has been told that she can't live alone any longer and she will need to go into a assisted care facility. Elizabeth will be 84 in January 2016. If you are able to help any thing will be appreciated.
I     I need to add more information to this campaign discription. I am Richard Dewees, I am Elizabeth Laird's son, I live in Copperas Cove  since January 2003, and have been working with the Hug Lady just about that whole time. The use of these monies will be for hospital/health expences, assisted care when she leaves Metroplex, and God forbid, funeral expences if that time comes.
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On December 24th. at 12:00 pm Elizabeth Laird passed away peacefully. I, with her close friend Kelly and the nursing supervisor on the 3rd. floor were with her when she went to sleep.
The Visitation will be at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, TX January 2nd. from 12 noon until 4:00 pm. then on Sunday January 3rd. at 3 pm. the funeral service will be held at Christian House of Prayer at 3300 E Stan Schlueter Loop, in Killeen Texas. On Monday the 4th of January, she will be laid to rest in the Texas State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. The grave site service will be private for Family, close friends and dignitaries.
I thank everyone for the show of love for her and the support of her family. Till we all meet again may God bless us all and may He bless America once more.
R. C. Dewees
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The Hug Lady, (my mom) is now at Rosewood nursing and rehab, next to Seaton Hospital in Harker Heights. Her voice is getting stronger, but she needs to learn to walk again. We are hoping rehab will help her obtain this goal.
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11-26-15 Thanksgiving Day. Mom is fighting the good fight of Faith. Some times she is able to speak clearly and is understood easily, and at other times it is hard to make out what she is saying. This can be frustrating for her and it just causes her to tire easily. Her remaing children, David, Susan and myself are here along with my brothers 3 children, all grown.
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November 20, 2015, the Hug Lady ( my mom ) was released from Metroplex hospital this evening. She is doing well enough to go into rehab and work towards getting back on her feet. All of her friends ( this means all of you ) have shown her so much love and given so many prayers that I believe she will get better with rehabilitation. She is in Copperas Cove Nursing and Rehabilitation. and can have visitors. And again thank you all for your love of the Hug Lady.
Rick Dewees.
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Greg Zelmer
37 months ago

If Ft Hood doesn't name the deployment center after her their wrong. Elizabeth Laird deployment center.

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Jake Guimond
37 months ago

Someone should just be a bro and marry her and let her use your health care

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Blue Hansen
37 months ago

Greg Zelmer (below) has it right. Hey - III Corps and Fort Hood Garrison, you listening? "Elizabeth Laird Deployment Center." Or whatever else with her name in it. Like his (Zelmer's) comment and mine to keep this up at the top along with the marriage proposals

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Chloe Johnson
37 months ago

PLEASE LIKE THIS TO KEEP IT AT THE TOP SO ANYONE WISHING TO SEND THE HUG LADY CARDS AND LETTER CAN. Metroplex Hospital Address: 2201 S Clear Creek Rd, Killeen, TX 76549

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Jeffrey Keith Shepard
37 months ago

Soon as my divorce is final, I'm going to pop the question!! This woman is truly amazing... I pray she feels the love from her camo family and we are able to touch her soul with our outpouring of love and support.

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Claudia Vaneza Mohead
37 months ago

I love her, I deployed teary eyed and scared (secretly) worried my almost two year old daughter would forget me, she whispered in my ear that everything would be ok, it meant the world to me. I wish I had millions to give her

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Pat Bickel
37 months ago

Please keep us updated. When she moves into her assisted living facility I know there are many soldiers & old soldiers who would love to visit. Such a simple act of giving someone a hug, repeated close to 500,000 times... has had a huge impact on soldiers deploying out of Ft Hood. I received two from her. One in 2008 and one in 2009. I'll remember her kindness for the rest of my days.

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Chris Gaultney
37 months ago

I hope any leftover funds can go to continue her good work here on earth. Name the deployment building after her TIME NOW!

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April Hamm
37 months ago

I left hood alone twice... No one to hug me goodbye. I returned twice...no one to hug me upon that...but her.., I needed her hugs... That hanger needs her name on it!!!! Many lonely soldiers needed her...

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Adam McCormick
37 months ago

Deployment is never easy, but you helped us all smile when we met you there at the airport. That final goodbye hug from the sweetest woman has stuck with me over the years and I hope more than anything you'll be better soon. Thank you for everything and I hope we can all help.

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Derrick T Rondeau
37 months ago

for what she has done, the Army should be taking care of all of this. I'll never forget my hug. It meant the world when family couldn't be there, it still was. and they should rename the base. Hood didn't touch that many lives in his career (no disrespect intended just saying)

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Timothy Dunkin
37 months ago

I never deployed from Hood, but we take care of our own. Rest easy ma'am.

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Terri Gatlin
37 months ago

May you reach 1,000,000!!

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Heather Mai
37 months ago

My husband, Kevin, made a donation and it is showing as anonymous though that wasn't his intent. Eight hugs were given to Kevin by Mrs. Laird and he still has the sticker she gave him on an ear plug case. His donation pales in comparison for all that this lady has done for every person she has hugged. Prayers and thoughts sent!

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Amy Schaefer
37 months ago

My husband had the blessing of being hugged 4 times in and out of Fort Hood and myself and our kiddos once. She is an amazingly beautiful lady, inside and out. Her spirit made me smile and her sense of humor awesome! She will be in our thoughts and prayers!

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Thomas Adams
37 months ago

I did 2 deployments out of Hood with Air Cav, got 4 hugs from this wonderful lady!!!

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Windy Sawyer
37 months ago

I agree with Jake! :) I hope that all of the men/women she has hugged are able to help out. If every one of those people were able to donate 1$ she'd be all set!

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Jamie Keo
37 months ago

My husband got spit on after his 1st deployment, for being a baby killer. According to the lady. I wished he would've flown into Killeen so he could feel the love this lady has for our American soldiers. This women is a blessing!

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Cindy Southern
37 months ago

This sweet angel gave so much love and comfort to our soldiers and loved ones I encourage everybody to keep giving back and I pray she can obtain a place in Stoneybrook assisted living in Copperas Cove so she can rest in a beautiful classy environment like she truly deserves ❤

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Amber Galland
37 months ago

Would you be willing to share an address for cards and gifts?

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So many thanks for being there for so many soldiers. Including mine. It meant alot to them. God bless you and I pray for fast recovery.

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Daniel Pena
36 months ago

She in my prayers and thoughts as well as her entire family, hopefully she gets better soon

Greg Zelmer
37 months ago

If Ft Hood doesn't name the deployment center after her their wrong. Elizabeth Laird deployment center.

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Jake Guimond
37 months ago

Someone should just be a bro and marry her and let her use your health care

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Blue Hansen
37 months ago

Greg Zelmer (below) has it right. Hey - III Corps and Fort Hood Garrison, you listening? "Elizabeth Laird Deployment Center." Or whatever else with her name in it. Like his (Zelmer's) comment and mine to keep this up at the top along with the marriage proposals

+ Read More
Chloe Johnson
37 months ago

PLEASE LIKE THIS TO KEEP IT AT THE TOP SO ANYONE WISHING TO SEND THE HUG LADY CARDS AND LETTER CAN. Metroplex Hospital Address: 2201 S Clear Creek Rd, Killeen, TX 76549

+ Read More
Jeffrey Keith Shepard
37 months ago

Soon as my divorce is final, I'm going to pop the question!! This woman is truly amazing... I pray she feels the love from her camo family and we are able to touch her soul with our outpouring of love and support.

+ Read More
Claudia Vaneza Mohead
37 months ago

I love her, I deployed teary eyed and scared (secretly) worried my almost two year old daughter would forget me, she whispered in my ear that everything would be ok, it meant the world to me. I wish I had millions to give her

+ Read More
Pat Bickel
37 months ago

Please keep us updated. When she moves into her assisted living facility I know there are many soldiers & old soldiers who would love to visit. Such a simple act of giving someone a hug, repeated close to 500,000 times... has had a huge impact on soldiers deploying out of Ft Hood. I received two from her. One in 2008 and one in 2009. I'll remember her kindness for the rest of my days.

+ Read More
Chris Gaultney
37 months ago

I hope any leftover funds can go to continue her good work here on earth. Name the deployment building after her TIME NOW!

+ Read More
April Hamm
37 months ago

I left hood alone twice... No one to hug me goodbye. I returned twice...no one to hug me upon that...but her.., I needed her hugs... That hanger needs her name on it!!!! Many lonely soldiers needed her...

+ Read More
Adam McCormick
37 months ago

Deployment is never easy, but you helped us all smile when we met you there at the airport. That final goodbye hug from the sweetest woman has stuck with me over the years and I hope more than anything you'll be better soon. Thank you for everything and I hope we can all help.

+ Read More
Derrick T Rondeau
37 months ago

for what she has done, the Army should be taking care of all of this. I'll never forget my hug. It meant the world when family couldn't be there, it still was. and they should rename the base. Hood didn't touch that many lives in his career (no disrespect intended just saying)

+ Read More
Timothy Dunkin
37 months ago

I never deployed from Hood, but we take care of our own. Rest easy ma'am.

+ Read More
Terri Gatlin
37 months ago

May you reach 1,000,000!!

+ Read More
Heather Mai
37 months ago

My husband, Kevin, made a donation and it is showing as anonymous though that wasn't his intent. Eight hugs were given to Kevin by Mrs. Laird and he still has the sticker she gave him on an ear plug case. His donation pales in comparison for all that this lady has done for every person she has hugged. Prayers and thoughts sent!

+ Read More
Amy Schaefer
37 months ago

My husband had the blessing of being hugged 4 times in and out of Fort Hood and myself and our kiddos once. She is an amazingly beautiful lady, inside and out. Her spirit made me smile and her sense of humor awesome! She will be in our thoughts and prayers!

+ Read More
Thomas Adams
37 months ago

I did 2 deployments out of Hood with Air Cav, got 4 hugs from this wonderful lady!!!

+ Read More
Windy Sawyer
37 months ago

I agree with Jake! :) I hope that all of the men/women she has hugged are able to help out. If every one of those people were able to donate 1$ she'd be all set!

+ Read More
Jamie Keo
37 months ago

My husband got spit on after his 1st deployment, for being a baby killer. According to the lady. I wished he would've flown into Killeen so he could feel the love this lady has for our American soldiers. This women is a blessing!

+ Read More
Cindy Southern
37 months ago

This sweet angel gave so much love and comfort to our soldiers and loved ones I encourage everybody to keep giving back and I pray she can obtain a place in Stoneybrook assisted living in Copperas Cove so she can rest in a beautiful classy environment like she truly deserves ❤

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Amber Galland
37 months ago

Would you be willing to share an address for cards and gifts?

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