Veteran needs help after theft.

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Raised by 44 people in 17 months
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My name is Matthew and I have run out of options. I seek help from sympathetic members of the public who have been through similar circumstances.

Let me thank you now for clicking on my page. 

 I am a 70% disabled veteran who has been in the military since 2005. Because of my mental health and physical issues obtained from serving  I have a hard time working full time hence I work for the National Guard on a part time limited basis.

I have served during the Hurricane Katrina humanitarian relief effort in 2005, was deployed during Operation OEF Afghanistan 2006-2007, Operation OIF Iraq 2009-2010 and Operation Saber Guardian in Romania summer of 2016.

In Novenber of 2016 I was away working out of state on TDY for the Oregon National Guard. My new storage unit that I have only had for one week at A+ storage at 2200 N Pacific Hwy, Woodburn, OR 97071 was robbed. Both of my locks were drilled through and over $11,000 worth of items were stolen. My unit was ransacked and all of my tools were taken as well as my electronics, household goods and irreplaceable items that I collected through both deployments. The remaining items that were left were smashed, broken and the boxes were torn open with utter disregard. The management was not helpful and confessed to taping open the security doors because the locks were inoperable. They also stated that no security footage was avaliable.

On November 27th upon the discovery of the theft I  filed a police report with the Woodburn Police. The Case Number is #16-13969. Later I contacted JAG, three newspapers and three TV stations in my local area. On December 28th 2016 I was interviewed by Christine Pitawanich from Channel KGW8 news. On December 29th I was also interviewed my Mr. Simon Gutierrez from Fox 12 PDX TV. Thank you all for helping me get my story out to the public. 

Unfortunately, I waved the insurance on the unit when I first rented it on October 23, 2016. I was moving on a limited budget and could not afford any other expenses.

As far as what was stolen I am only looking to replace the basics. My tools were my lifeline. Not only did I use them for work I also used them at home to work on my 40 year old truck and motorycle that provide all of my daily basic transportation needs. Without them nothing can happen. I am struggling to replace them piece by piece.

I never thought that I would have to ask anyone to help me rebuild my life and recover what has taken over 20 years to build up. I have always been resilient and have been able to bounce back after many issues in my lifetime. This time is different.  I need help.

I thank you once again.
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Hello. I just wanted to take a minute and let everyone know how great of a year its been. With the generous support from everyone I was able to start purchasing all of the tools that I need. I was even able to complete my first project of the year. During the last winter storm a few weeks ago my front wheel bearing went out and destroyed my front brakes. I was able to fix them in no time. THANK YOU ALL
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I am truly touched by everyone who has pitched in to help me walk again after stumbling.
From the emails, kind words and financial help. You all have.gone above and beyond.
I plan on thanking everyone individually, so it's going to take me a while.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Have a Happy New Year and god bless.
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A many thanks to everyone for the generosity and kind words. Also another thanks goes out to KGW Channel 8's Christine Pitawanich for featuring me on tonights 5 and 6pm's news. Thank you for all the support!
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This afternoon I was interviewed by Journalist Christine Pitawanich from KGW8 news in Portland. My story should air sometime this evening.
I want to thank everyone for the generous support.
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Jill Firewater
17 months ago
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Matt I read your story. I am so sorry this happened to you. I worked for a storage place for many years as a property manager and it sounds to me like an inside job. There are some things you need to ask and check into that will help you get some help out of the storage place. There are certain rules that all storage places follow. And it sounds to me they think if they ignore you you will go away. If you would like to contact me I can tell you what to ask and what to do to get you help with getting them to step up. Send me a message on Facebook and I will pm you how to get to them. I don't want type it all out here. You don't want them to see that you know this stuff My name is Jill. I will be glad to help you.

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Karen Howard
16 months ago

Hello Matthew, Please see a lawyer and Sue storage containers. You can't lose. I live in Silverton too. Thanks for your service. Karen

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Jill Firewater
17 months ago
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Matt I read your story. I am so sorry this happened to you. I worked for a storage place for many years as a property manager and it sounds to me like an inside job. There are some things you need to ask and check into that will help you get some help out of the storage place. There are certain rules that all storage places follow. And it sounds to me they think if they ignore you you will go away. If you would like to contact me I can tell you what to ask and what to do to get you help with getting them to step up. Send me a message on Facebook and I will pm you how to get to them. I don't want type it all out here. You don't want them to see that you know this stuff My name is Jill. I will be glad to help you.

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