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Veteran Flood Victim

$19,365 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 224 people in 2 months
Created April 19, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Wilmer Valles
As those of you may have witnessed or heard north-bound and south-bound 287 was shut down 4/17/19 due to flooding and debris. What you may not have seen is at the bottom of that flooded valley was a home. The home was being rented by Wilmer Valles and his fiancé Catherine Roberts. In the home was a German shepherd, Onyx, and their four cats, Luna, Zeus, Elvira, and Pauly. While the cats were able to find higher ground Onyx was locked in his crate. When Wilmer Valles was finally able to make it to the home it took him and a DPS Trooper to push in the door where they discovered nearly 3ft of water in the house and Onyx up to his neck in water. All animals in the home were removed to safety but all of the major appliances, electronics, Wilmer Valles's vehicle, and other personal belongings were a total loss. The area where the house was located had not ever flooded according to locals to the area who had lived there for 20+ years. The large creek beside the house had become impacted with debris so there was no way for the water to travel under 287 as intended. This blockage, as well as downed telephone lines, had been reported 3 times to the county. They did not have renters insurance but renters insurance would not have covered flood damage anyways. The home in uninhabitable as it is caked in mud and standing water.
Wilmer Valles is a combat veteran in the United States Army. He has 3 overseas tours under his belt and 13 years of military service. He is still in the United States Army Reserves.
Catherine Roberts is a Corporal at the Wise County Sheriff's Office Jail and has been with Wise County for a little over 4 years.
Both are being assisted by the Wise County veterans office and red cross. A storage unit has been provided for donated items at the Decatur Storage.
They are not in need of clothing or food at this time. What they really need is some cash money to help get all this stuff dealt with and try to get back on track. Find a new home for them and their pets.
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Thank you everyone for your donations and I pray every day for the Lord to bless each and every one. I'm so grateful, but as some of you know, Catherine was given a substantial amount of the funds and has moved on with her life to a better living situation than me. I still have a huge weight to be lifted off my shoulders. Many people have help me in donations and I am grateful, but some of the legal process of some of those donations are still pending and I'm still awaiting to secure a stable normal life again. I pray that I'll be able to finally shut my eyes and all this will be over but it's not that easy as I see. Thank you again for your donations and may GOD bless you and your families. Thank you.
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I am shutting this page down. I don’t know these people but tried to help this veteran out because of his service to our country. His ex has messaged me wanting money and it’s not for her! I had to block her on messenger. She has a home and car and everything she needs to survive. He does not and she said so herself. Thank you again for your donation to him. Here is her messenger message to me.....
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So I just got it set up so Wil can access his money whenever he is ready! I think he is a bit overwhelmed but very very very thankful! Y’all are all amazing!
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Wilmer is one blessed man! This is amazing! Thank y’all so much for supporting him!
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$19,365 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 224 people in 2 months
Created April 19, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Wilmer Valles
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