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On Thursday, November 8th 2018 my father was viciously assaulted in front of my parent's home in Boise. He was outside doing yard work when an unknown knife wielding assailant brutally attacked him. He was knocked to the ground and a struggle ensued for more than 10 long minutes. During the assault my father's face, neck, hands, fingers and throat were all severely damaged. Major tendon and nerve damage to his hands and fingers took place while frantically trying to shield the knife attacks from his face and neck. He was unable to block all of the strikes to his face, the worst being a blow to his right cheek that severed the facial nerve to his mouth, limiting his facial movements on that side. The attack only let up when Boise PD arrived, thanks to several neighbors calling 911 shortly after the attack. He survived, and we are very grateful for this, but he will never be the same. We are asking for support to try and put the pieces back together and give him a decent quality of life moving forward. My father is a model citizen, diligent American, Vietnam Vet and most importantly has the characteristics of a good man. He did not deserve this. I simply ask, if you have the means, to help our family in this critical time of need. Thank you.

Sincerely,

The Vinsonhaler Family

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Update 2: First of all, we are very appreciative of so much support from far and wide. We will never be able to personally thank everyone as your generosity has been a remarkable effort, so THANK YOU! Gary is doing ok for the time being, there is still constant pain in his left hand which remains in a full wrap, and the middle finger of his right hand is very painful to the touch. The continual pain only serves to remind him of the incident, and he no longer feels safe or secure in his own home, which is very difficult to come to terms with. The stitches have now been removed from his face, and he looks more like himself again. There are 4 or 5 very large lacerations that will need extensive treatment to reduce the scarring though. We are doing our best to keep him in good spirits but there are still angry/bitter moments that are tough on him and our family. This is just the beginning of his recovery and we are willing to do whatever it takes to get his quality of life somewhat closer to where it was just a few weeks ago. Thanks again for everyone's support and prayers.
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Update: Gary is now home. He has settled in as best as possible and we are doing our best to keep him comfortable. He is very frustrated with the hand wraps and limited ability to eat/drink, but he is staying positive. Neighbors from all over have stopped by to say a kind word and bring goodies which he appreciates more than you know. A group came by and raked the leaves and that brought Gary to tears. He wants everyone to know that the attack was "not what Boise is about" and that this great show of support is "the real people of Boise". Reading through the comments/donations has been emotional for him, and he truly had no idea that this many people would step up in his time of need. It has been humbling for our whole family. These last few days have been tough, but the support has been a positive light on an otherwise dark situation. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
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