18yr Veteran Firefighter with PTSD Needs Your Help

Royce Van Every is experiencing the worst time of his life, and he hasn’t got much time left. An 18-year veteran volunteer firefighter with 2 service animals has been left abandoned with no job, friends, or family in this world.

 

Royce needs help as his bank will take whatever steps necessary to collect on a $58,000 secured line of credit by October 24th, 2020. Royce purchased his house in 1985, it is mortgage free, and has never missed a payment! On top of this, Royce has 2 service dogs (due to his trauma) which has become increasingly more difficult. Royce seems to keep falling through the cracks and is receiving no help from Wounded Warriors of Canada or the National Service Dog Foundation, who had approved Royce for a fully trained Service Dog in 2015 but then lost the paperwork leaving Royce to do the training himself. 


With the global pandemic in effect, it is unjust for his current Bank to be doing this. Royce is on permanent disability with a fixed income, and his yearly expenses are thousands of dollars more than his income. The bills and cost of living keep rising but the income stays the same. Royce has a medical condition by the name of Raynaud’s syndrome that he got from fighting fires in frigid ice conditions, which is a rare disorder of the blood vessels, affecting the ears, nose, fingers and toes. Royce can no longer tolerate our Canadian winters and is forced to sell his home and relocate to a warmer climate in the southern United States. Royce needs all the help he can get to relocate to a place with better living conditions where he can finally live his life in peace, without fear of anything.



Being a First Nations Mohawk and Ojibway, who volunteered with the firefighters for 18 years to protect and administer first-aid, he does not deserve this treatment he is getting from the town he swore to protect. 



On August 30th, 1993, Royce fell 4 stories at the massive Sherman warehouse fire, also Royce was blown by a pipe glass window at a huge downtown fire in Kingsville. Royce also jumped 60 ft from an aerial ladder at a lumber yard fire when his long coat caught fire and survived. Royce also suffers from another medical condition called CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). Royce had been misdiagnosed in 1996 as being psychotic, delusional, bipolar, schizophrenic, and severe depression when his true diagnosis in 2018 is OSI (occupational stress injury) better known as PTSD. Can learn more about this condition by watching the movie: Concussion starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu.

 

 

This fund is established to help Royce get back on his feet, by providing money for him to cover his expenses - any donations would be greatly appreciated.

 

More about Royce:

~Royce has been subjected to identity theft, ruining his credit

~Had to learn automation, electrical, and plumbing by himself because of the pandemic/costs of such services

~Royce suffered a lot of head injuries while on the job and was given no medical attention, but continued anyways because of the love for the job

~Trying to fulfill his grandmother's dying wish of correcting his uncle's name at the Chester Blacon War Memorial Cemetery in Chester, England, which led him all the way to a retired brigadier general at the War Graves Commission in Ottawa costing Royce $3,000 of his own money

~Royces' brother Rian, who was the only brother that ever helped Royce, took his own life on Thanksgiving Day, October 14th, 2013 due to our unjust Canadian Court system. In Canada, it seems criminals are rewarded while victims are punished


**Disclaimer: this fund is set up and managed by Eric Oriakhi**

Donations

  • Russel Ramos 
    • $5 
    • 21 d
  • Eric Oriakhi 
    • $5 
    • 21 d

Organizer

Eric Oriakhi 
Organizer
Mississauga, ON
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