GySgt. Larry Newton (RET), a USMC Vietnam Veteran is in desperate need of help.
We are raising money to help purchase him and his grandson a new mobile home & clean up his land. Larry is a dedicated family man after his wife and daughter's passing he took custody of his grandson. Now at the age of 67 with his health rapidly declining he needs our help.
We have teamed up with some amazing folks to complete this mission Omar “Crispy” Avila & Heroes Sports in San Antonio, TX.
Please read the rest of his story below.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) became involved with the family and removed his grandson, because of the condition of the home and concerns that Nick (grandson) was inadvertently being neglected because of Larry's medical condition. Larry completed the initial tasks required of him by TDFPS and Nick was returned in December of 2017. Since that time, Larry has been working with various organizations and accepting training and support from various entities to ensure that he maintains his promise to his wife that Nick will remain with the family and be taken care of. Although he struggles at times to figure out how he will maintain his promise, his devotion and commitment has remained. You can read his story below. (Information provided to us) A Marine, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a great friend and neighbor is a simple man that has weathered through many storms while remaining dedicated and true to his family and his eldest grandchild. Gunny Newton was born in Mississippi on October 18, 1951. This Marine grew up with family and when he transitioned into adult hood he made the decision to enlist in the United States Marines in April of 1971. He served for four years and received an honorable discharge in 1975, when he met and fell in love with his wife. It was at this time that this Marine decided that he would re-enlist to provide and support his newly formed family. While in the Marines, he traveled the world with his wife and their 3 children serving his country through many tours stateside and overseas. He retired from military life in October of 1993. When this Marine retired from the military in 1993, and he expected his journey through life to be on cruise control, his journey led him through a much harsh terrain of tragedy and trauma. His work ethic and drive led him to once again, this time being in service to the United States Post Office. This Marines post military career included continued working, continued guidance and rearing of his children in their late teenage and young adult lives, as well as enjoying time with his wife. On May 21, 2010 he lost his wife of 39 years in her sleep to an undiagnosed Aneurism. Although he was grief stricken over the only women he ever loved, he persevered and tried to stand in the gap for his family in his wife’s stead. Before her death, this Marine Corps family had taken on a big responsibility in helping their daughter, Nicole co-parent, as she was a single mother. Now, he was the only parent remaining to his daughter Nicole, but he dutifully continued his commitment to helping raise her only child. Nicole, who suffered from bi-polar disorder was in great despair due to her mother’s unexpected death, combined with other mounting factors within her life. The burdens became overwhelming for Nichole, and on December 27, 2010 (the same year in which he lost his wife) she attempted suicide by a gunshot. She was taken off life support on December 27, 2010 and passed away that same day. Her funeral was held on January 4, 2011. Despite the rough year, he continued to work at the Post Office to take care his grandson who had now been orphaned. This Marine eventually accepted an early retirement with the Post Office, because of his growing obligations to his grandson would not allow him to continue working. Tragedy once again struck the Newton family on June 21, 2015, when he was involved in a motor cycle accident. This accident left him with a traumatic brain injury that impedes on his short term memory. He was hospitalized for six months, until he discharged himself from the hospital against doctor’s orders, because of his undying loyalty to his grandson. During the time that this Marine was in the hospital, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) became involved with the family and removed his grandson, because of the condition of the home and concerns that Nick was inadvertently being neglected because of his medical condition. This Marine completed initial tasks required of him by TDFPS and Nicholas was returned in December of 2017. Since that time, he has been working with various organizations and accepting training and support from various entities to ensure that he maintains his promise to his wife that Nicholas will remain with family and be taken care of. Although he struggles at times to figure out how he will maintain his promise his devotion and commitment has remained.
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