Joshua Bouchard - House Fire
In 2009 Joshua lost the bottom part of his left leg and suffered a spinal cord injury after his truck went over an IED in Afghanistan. After spending three years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, Joshua received his home in 2013 from a nonprofit called Homes for Our Troops based in Taunton, MA. The nonprofit specializes in building specially adapted homes for severally injured veterans.
Joshua and our family are deeply saddend over the loss of this amazing home that has done so much for Joshua's rehabilitation. At this time, Joshua could use the funds received on this gofundme for a new wheelchair, prosthetics, and all household items lost in the fire.
We greatly appreciate all of your help.
Suzanna (sister of Joshua Bouchard)
I just wanted to write a little update on the status of Joshua and what has transpired over the last week.
A few days after the fire Joshua received a new Ford F-150 courtesy of Boston Wounded Vet Run and Rodman Ford in Foxboro, MA . Joshua and the rest of our family are incredibly grateful for their generosity. Thank you so much for all you do for our military.
Homes for Our Troops, the nonprofit that gifted Joshua's home to him in 2013, has been working with Joshua and has offered to assist with building materials whenever he decides to rebuild. Homes for Our Troops has changed the lives of hundreds of veterans by building specially adapted homes across the United States.
Several people have reached out about donating electric wheelchairs. Thank you so much! Joshua received a wheelchair from the local pharmacy in Granby, MA and the V.A. is expediting him new prosthetics.
Last, over $34,000 has been donated on this gofundme page by over 560 individual donations. This speaks volumes to the community our family is so lucky to be part of. Thank you so much for your selfless donations during Joshua's time of need. The money raised will help Joshua replace material items that were lost in the fire such as clothing, appliances, and furniture.
From our family to yours, Happy New Year and may only good things come your way.
My family and I are completely in awe with the generous donations and support we have received near and far. Joshua has been checking in on the gofundme page and wanted me to pass along this message for all of you;
“Thank you for all the kind words, good vibes, and the loving show of support. I’m blessed to live in such a great nation. With your support I’ll be able to start replacing items that were lost in the fire and regain a new sense of normal. God Bless.”
As of 6:30 (18:30 for you military folk) the gofundme page has received $21,262. Above and beyond our original target goal. All of these proceeds will be going directly to Joshua.
We have received a lot of offers from people about donating their wheelchairs, At this time Joshua has received two new wheelchairs, but he wanted to make sure I thanked everyone who offered to donate.
If you’re looking for other ways to lend your support there will be a luncheon on Wednesday, January 18 starting at 11am at the Texas Roadhouse on 424 Broadway in Methuen, MA. Tickets are $25.00 and will include food and refreshments. If you would like to participate please contact; Stephanie Deveau at (603)637-2603 or email@example.com.
Thank you again for your large hearts, commitment to assisting our military, and generous donations.
With so much love,
Again, our family is so grateful to friends, family, and the community who have been so selfless during this time.
Currently deployed for the Air Force, I grew up right on school st in granby. Also I am a licensed electrician, if another house is gunna get built I would like to dedicate my time to wire it. But if not I will do what I can when I return home, for a fellow veteran in need
Talked to Josh this morning. Putting in rush requests to order him a new wheelchair and prostheses. So sorry-but so relieved he is okay. The Rehab Dept. at the VA. Please call us with any additional needs. 413.584.4040 x2270 is my number. Sandy Diamond, PT
Josh has always held a special place in our hearts. We have challenged 10 of our facebook friends to donate $25.00 and we'll match each donation of those 10 people. I hope it works. He's so blessed to have such a wonderful supportive family and community.
Your brother is a hero, he put his life on the line, there's no monetary compensation that can write off his sacrifice, I he receives enough money and more to bring him the happiness he deserves and earned. I will hope and wish for nothing but the best for him, stay strong and god bless..
Semper Fi Sgt. Your story is very moving to me. My name is Kelli and I too am a USMC veteran. I am,from CT and I work for a marketing company that supports NineLine Apparel. the apparel line works with the NineLine Foundation to help wounded veterans with jobs and handicap accessible homes. Perhaps we can look into this as a potential avenue to help??
I am a State-licensed Public Insurance Adjuster and I would like to help by offering to donate my time, skills, expertise & services to represent Sgt. Bouchard's interests in the adjustment of the homeowners insurance claim to help document, appraise and negotiate full settlement of the claim for the things that can be claimed and recovered.
I'm so sorry that this has happened to you....I can't donate $$, for I am on SS disability, but I have lots of kitchen stuff and other things I've been looking to get rid of and didn't know where to give it, I don't have a car so I can't take things to Salvation Army or Goodwill.....I would gladly give you whatever you need, plates, bowls, etc. I wear mainly t-shirts and sweat pants and have more than enough and you are welcome to some of them. Please contact me if you're interested. I live in Westfield 642-3014 Hope to hear from you !!