Today, I was coming out of my VA appointment and as I walked out of the building, I noticed a gentleman wearing a WWII cap who was slowly moving with his walker towards the parking lot. I immediately approached him, shook his hand and thanked him for service and asked if anyone was coming to pick him up or have a ride. He pointed out that he drove himself and that his car was parked in the lot, and was going to walk there since there was no one with a golf cart or means to get him there faster..now, the heat here in Texas is enough to make anyone feel it and today was no different. I didn't feel concerned because we know how tough our WW2 veterans are, but you never know. So, I asked if I could at least walk with him towards his car..and so we did.
On our way there, we got to talking about his service, shared some stories from his time in the Army, a little bit about his family, childhood memories and what not, in fact, he lives near Leander, TX and my town of Pflugerville is actually very close to him. As a Marine veteran myself, I always took the time to learn and appreciate from those who have gone before me. During the conversation he asked me "How is the VA treating you?" I replied: "I can't complain". He then paused and said "I can't say the same"...and this is where the story begins.
In short, he has medical bills that have been piling up for over a year due to some medical procedures he had undergo outside of the VA. Medicare covered most of it, but the remnants was up to the VA, and we all know how long that takes. As time went on, his medical bills keep coming and he's trying to work through the red tape. I asked how much he needed to cover and said $4000.00
I offered to help but he refused and understandably so, he just met me 5 minutes ago. But, for those of you who know me personally, know how far I'm willing to go for our veterans. So, I've decided to set this up and because I put my money where my mouth is, I've donated the first $1000.
This is not a publicity stunt or sales pitch, I don't work for some fency corporation, but I am merely a veteran helping another and a sole member of society paying dues to the Greatest Generation..and they are dying at an alarming rate, and since everyone is always talking about helping veterans, here is your chance to do your part as well. I plan on running this for 7 days. It took God 7 days to build the world, and I think we can do the right thing in the same amount of time.
All funds will go directly to him so that he can pay off his medical debts that have accrued, and anything extra, I'm sure he can spend it for what he needs..after all, he has earned it.
I ask to donate if you can or share and spread the word. I plan to present the funds to him personally once the campaign is done as a surprise since he doesn't know that this is happening. I hope you can join me in giving back to those who gave it all.