Disabled Veteran Needs Help

$2,009 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 43 months




This special fundraiser has been established to help 74-year-old veteran, Ken West, from Mackay, Idaho.



Ken is a proud Veteran and served in the Air Force and Army during the Vietnam War.

Ken has a serious heart and thyroid condition that needs immediate attention. He is currently still eligible for an allogeneic hematopoietic congestive heart stem cell therapy; however, such a treatment is not available in the United States. His treatment can be performed in Thailand, but the treatment is not covered by medical insurance and with travel and medical expenses cost about $25,000.

This is the main reason for this fundraiser, since Ken is destitute after losing everything due to the medical bills, as well as his age and condition preventing him from being able to work. Ken is currently 100% disabled and on welfare.

The proposed stem cell treatment shows great promise in restoring Ken’s health and vitality back to a normal level of functioning, and he desires to once again be a productive member of his community. Ken was always an avid outdoor enthusiast, as well as being an active contributor to the well-being of society.

He is inventive, with a good business mind, and brought a lot of process improvements to the health & human services processes over the years. He also served as a probation/parole officer and federal grant writer.

He was working until 2009, when it was discovered he needed a heart valve replaced. When the Veterans Administration replaced his heart valve, Ken contacted a staph infection and his health plummeted. After that operation, Ken spent two more years in and out of the Veterans hospital, during which he had 3 open heart surgeries because of the staph. The VA will not offer any further treatment other than just a maintenance level of assistance.

Ken has done everything in his own power to help his health improve, but his welfare check doesn’t provide anything extra for even basic nutritional supplementation. He does not drink, smoke, or take drugs. He can walk a limited amount each day to maintain a level of exercise. Without this special stem cell treatment, there is no prognosis of improvement in his condition, and his life expectancy is very limited.

This treatment could add more than 10 years to his life.

An interesting tidbit about Ken is his past ability to paint stunning portraits of the West – primarily famous Native American chiefs. He was previously the winner of several awards, including Red Lion Corporation's "Northwest Artist of the Month", and was also profiled in the 1983 edition of "Who's Who in the West".

Ken has offered his remaining paintings in exchange for donations, while they last, as follows: “Crazy Bear” and "Rain in the Face” are beautiful, large (20” x 24”) graphite paintings, and you can receive your choice for any donation of $1000 or more.

These are "Signed Limited Editions". Also, there are smaller (8 ½ x 11) "Sitting Bull", "Navaho", "Shaman", and "Shot in the Eye". 

These are also "collectors editions” which are signed and dated. Ken’s art can be seen at www.kenwestart.com  

Please note that most of these are no longer for sale, because they were donated to the Historical Society, due to Ken’s illness and inability to continue painting. However, there are still a few available for sale to help toward Ken’s cause.

Please also note that even a $1-$5 donation would be helpful to this fundraiser, and extremely appreciated. Ken will not be handling any of the monies donated.

This Fund Raising Project is being organized by people who care about him.  Any extra funds remaining after his treatment would go to the next person needing funds for the treatment, not to Ken.

                        Some of Kens Original Oil Paintings



Rain In The Face (Itonagaju)



Original Graphite - Chief Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotake)


Watercolour - Pueblo Woman - Santa Clara Pueblo



On behalf of Ken West, we thank you for your attention and generosity to this cause. God bless.

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Ken West
39 months ago

Thank you for the donation , I don't know your name but the $70 is very generous of you. Thank you very much, I you would like a picture you can send me your email and I will send you a nice "signed" 81/2" x 11" , Ken (kw2001@gmail.com)

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Jane Babcock
41 months ago

Ken why aren't you using the VA? They can provide much of your needed primary care, hospital stay, therapy, even in-home care if needed. If your heart condition is under the Ischemic Heart Disease category and you were in Vietnam, on specific airbases in Thailand, along the DMZ in Korea or even in a few scatter places else where they VA could be paying you compensation up to $3000+ a month. If you were not Agent Orange exposed you may still be eligible for some funds from the VA's war-time veterans pension benefit. You need to meet with your nearest CVSO (nacvso.org - Find a Service Officer) or VSO from any national veterans organization. They can hook you up with the VA healthcare, determine if you should be filing a compensation or pension claim, connect you with other community resources that can help. God Bless & Thank you for your Service!

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Ken West
41 months ago

Thank you to those that are donating anonymously, I really appreciate it. If you would email me your address I would send you a nice packet of cards you can send out or frame, the are (I think) about 4"x6" or 5"x7". thank you all, it is building and I think in about 10 years I should have enough. Ken

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Georgia Love
42 months ago

I can not help you financially just now as just had my pension cut by $500 dollars yes I too am a pensioner and trying to get by so have had to go back to work too life is a challenge I wish you the very best in your endeavours and do hope you talk with Royce Holleman - Redneckradioman@comcast.net cheers for now and many blessings

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Georgia Love
42 months ago

you can connect with Royce Holleman and be interviewed by him re your health as he is in the same boat you are in and he too needs help just to live for now he is worth listening to on his shows Talknowradio or Revolution Now and it would be a great chance for you to tell your history why not give it a try

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Ken West
42 months ago

I am hoping you will help, If you only bought me a cup of coffee, I could raise enough money to get my heart treatment and save my life

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Ken West
42 months ago

This is Ken West. Just a note about my site and the pictures, I don't have the 5x7, that was an error when the constructed the web page. Ken

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BJ
$5
Ben Jones
37 months ago

My prayers are with you, Ken.

$70
Anonymous
39 months ago
GP
$500
Gary Perron
40 months ago

I'll send it out bud hang in there

JW
$500
John Wenger
40 months ago

Best to you, Ken. As another 100% disabled veteran, I know the frustrations from working with the VA. Let us hope you find eventual relief and your health returns. John Wenger

$50
Anonymous
42 months ago
JK
$50
Joanne Kitchin
42 months ago

Best of luck to you Ken

$100
Anonymous
42 months ago
DS
$300
Doris & Gary Stackhouse
42 months ago

Always upsetting to me when our Government is not willing to take care of it's Veterans that gave of their time and effort for our country. Especially upsetting in this case where additional damage was done by the VA hospital!!!

$200
Anonymous
42 months ago
Ken West
39 months ago

Thank you for the donation , I don't know your name but the $70 is very generous of you. Thank you very much, I you would like a picture you can send me your email and I will send you a nice "signed" 81/2" x 11" , Ken (kw2001@gmail.com)

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Jane Babcock
41 months ago

Ken why aren't you using the VA? They can provide much of your needed primary care, hospital stay, therapy, even in-home care if needed. If your heart condition is under the Ischemic Heart Disease category and you were in Vietnam, on specific airbases in Thailand, along the DMZ in Korea or even in a few scatter places else where they VA could be paying you compensation up to $3000+ a month. If you were not Agent Orange exposed you may still be eligible for some funds from the VA's war-time veterans pension benefit. You need to meet with your nearest CVSO (nacvso.org - Find a Service Officer) or VSO from any national veterans organization. They can hook you up with the VA healthcare, determine if you should be filing a compensation or pension claim, connect you with other community resources that can help. God Bless & Thank you for your Service!

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Ken West
41 months ago

Thank you to those that are donating anonymously, I really appreciate it. If you would email me your address I would send you a nice packet of cards you can send out or frame, the are (I think) about 4"x6" or 5"x7". thank you all, it is building and I think in about 10 years I should have enough. Ken

+ Read More
Georgia Love
42 months ago

I can not help you financially just now as just had my pension cut by $500 dollars yes I too am a pensioner and trying to get by so have had to go back to work too life is a challenge I wish you the very best in your endeavours and do hope you talk with Royce Holleman - Redneckradioman@comcast.net cheers for now and many blessings

+ Read More
Georgia Love
42 months ago

you can connect with Royce Holleman and be interviewed by him re your health as he is in the same boat you are in and he too needs help just to live for now he is worth listening to on his shows Talknowradio or Revolution Now and it would be a great chance for you to tell your history why not give it a try

+ Read More
Ken West
42 months ago

I am hoping you will help, If you only bought me a cup of coffee, I could raise enough money to get my heart treatment and save my life

+ Read More
Ken West
42 months ago

This is Ken West. Just a note about my site and the pictures, I don't have the 5x7, that was an error when the constructed the web page. Ken

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