Disabled Veteran Needs Help

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Raised by 19 people in 49 months
Robert Stohler MAJ(retired) entered the Air Force July 1, 1983 and continued on to complete Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He has served in a number of leadership positions as an AMEDD officer. His assignments include: Chief of Quality Management Division with Europe Regional Medical Command in Heidelberg, Germany from 2010-2012; Company Commander of the 50th Med Detachment at Camp Humphries, Korea from 2009-2010; Regimental Nurse with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment at Vilseck, Germany from 2006-2009; Clinic Chief Nurse of the Babenhausen Health Clinic at Babenhausen, Germany in 2006; Mother/Baby Unit Labor and Delivery Nurse with Heidelberg Medical Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany from 2003-2006; Flight Trauma Nurse with the Public Health Service working with the Kotzebue Health Clinic in Kotzebue, Alaska from 1999-2002. With the U.S. Air Force he served as a Vehicle Operator at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi from 1986-1987; and Vehicle Operator with 40th Transportation Squadron in Aviano, Italy from 1984-1986.

He was injured serving with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom .

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, U.S. Air Force Good Conduct Medal, U.S. Air Force Basic Training Ribbon, U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal, U.S.P.H.S. Hazardous Duty Medal, and U.S.P.H.S. Isolated Remote Service Ribbon.

Robert (Robbie) served his country and cared for his fellow soldiers with pride and courage for many years. Yet returning to civilian life with disabilities has been painfully depressing and exhausting, fighting government red tape and the sluggish process to obtain VA and disability benefits is a never ending battle. Robbie and his family have been living with Robbie's parents since August, 2013. The little income he receives pays his current obligations, with almost nothing left over. Robbie is unable to work due to his injuries and increasing health issues and his wife has been unable to find gainful employment, so she is currently in school for certification in medical billing and coding.

We are seeking other avenues to help raise the funds to pay for the transportation fees for the household goods, and storage for 6 to 8 months while waiting for settlements from VA and disability benefits. Once the benefits are received they will be able to afford an apartment or a house.  Here is an opportunity to say thank you to a brave soldier who served you and his country; a nurse who cared for his fellow soldiers unselfishly on base and in combat. Any amount will be gratefully appreciated.
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No bad news this week, but no good news either. We are still navigating the red tape that the world calls "benefits". Aren't benefits something that we have already earned? Why does a broken soldier have to "navigate" anything?

Rob had a good week, mentally, and returns to the Pain Management Clinic this week. The injections don't seem to be working. It's hard enough to have all these medical issues, and no home, but to have the constant money issues make things much worse. Thank God for family letting us live with them until the "benefits" kick in.

We can't give enough thanks and love to those that have reached out to us with financial and prayer support. Please keep up the prayers!

If you can't help with a donation, please pray for us. Please share and spread the word of need.


God Bless.
Negotiating the red tape
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Why are we homeless? Ask the government....how can it take over a year to complete VA Benefits and Disability?
Homeless
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I found this picture of Rob after his back surgery. The Navy Doctor put a rod and a cadaver bone L5-S1. We call the cadaver bone "Doug". Doug has adjusted well to Rob's body. However, Rob has horrible pain and nerve issues. He has been seeing a Pain Doctor and probably will for the rest of his life. Some days are better than others. This combined with the Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease is just too much some days. It's hard for him to keep his spirits up.

Every penny helps. We are very slowly progressing, but need to raise so much more. If you can, please give and if you can't, please share and pass the message that this American Veteran and his family need help.
Robs back surgery
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If you've ever rode with someone who has been deployed...you will understand this picture! It took Robbie months to actually STOP at a stop sign!
Driving with someone who's been deployed
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Maria Sotebeer
47 months ago

Check your Facebook messages! I was able to get in touch with a man where your belongings are stored today.

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Christopher Carrigg
47 months ago

I'll be donating some with my next check. Love you

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Maria Sotebeer
47 months ago

Tracy, it was my pleasure! We love you guys to death, and I will do anything I can to help!

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Tracy Stohler
48 months ago

Maria, you've lifted his spirits with you phone call! Please feel free to call us anytime! Miss you guys!

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Maria Sotebeer
47 months ago

Check your Facebook messages! I was able to get in touch with a man where your belongings are stored today.

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Christopher Carrigg
47 months ago

I'll be donating some with my next check. Love you

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Maria Sotebeer
47 months ago

Tracy, it was my pleasure! We love you guys to death, and I will do anything I can to help!

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Tracy Stohler
48 months ago

Maria, you've lifted his spirits with you phone call! Please feel free to call us anytime! Miss you guys!

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