Save a US Marine's Life

$28,070 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 56 months
First of all, thank you for taking the time to read my story and for considering donating to my campaign.

My name is Keith Williams and I am a Retired United States Marine Sergeant Major. I spent over 24 years serving our great country and I am a very proud American. However, this story is not about me. This story is about one of my best friends, whom I met and served with in the Marines. My friend was also a Sergeant Major and served for over 27 years. He was recently forced to retire from the Marine Corps due to his declining health.  His name is Sergeant Major William "Bill" Hines.

As Marines we live by Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Honor to us means integrity, responsibility and accountability. Courage defines doing the right thing, in the right way and for the right reasons. Commitment is devotion to our Nation, the Marine Corps and our fellow Marines.

Bill is a very proud Marine and would never ask anyone for assistance. This is why I am asking for him.  He has no idea I am trying to raise donations for him.Bill served in the Marine Corps for over 27 years. Throughout his career he upheld the highest professionalism and dedication as a Marine. He worked very hard to achieve the rank of Sergeant Major which is the highest enlisted rank you can obtain. He served all over the United States and he served in combat in Iraq.

Bill is what we would call in the Marine Corps, "A Marines, Marine". He took care of his Marines like they were his own children. He would do anything he could to ensure they were trained properly and had everything they needed to be successful. He sacrificed daily. He would be the first Marine to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at the end of the day. Bill set the example for others daily. He was a physical fitness beast. He could run three miles in under 18 minutes. He maxed our physical fitness test, worked out daily, coached his children in sports and was a sponsored semi-professional raquetball player. I was often jealous of his physical abilities and when I needed a partner to push me to run or to work out with he was always there.

Bill sacrificed time with his wife and 2 children to take care of his Marines, to set the example and to serve our nation in combat. Please help me take care of him so that he and his family can find peace.  As I mentioned earlier, Bill has declining health. The Doctors are struggling to diagnose his symptoms and to find a cure. He has been hospitalized numerous times with difficulty breathing and extreme fatigue. They have been able to diagnose him with chronic fatigue syndrome and Lupus. They also suspect he may have ALS or "Lou Gehrig's Disease."

Bill is in his mid 40’s and has difficulty walking up the stairs in his home, struggles with catching his breath when walking, and wears a oxygen mask. His family life has been virtually destroyed, as he can’t leave his home to do activities with his wife and children. He was able to obtain a job after retiring from the Marine Corps, however his health is increasingly causing him to miss work and he is unsure how much longer he will be able keep employment.

Please read this recent article about Bill. Tampa Bay News Article  

Even though SgtMaj was forced to retire because of his declining health, he WAS NOT rated as 100% disabled by the Veterans Administration. The appeal process could take 3-5 years with the VA. His inability to work consistently and his numerous health issues have strained his finances. He is at risk to lose his home, cars, his family and most importantly his life.

He desperately needs financial and medical assistance. I would like to raise $30,000.00 to help him avoid financial ruin, to save his home, and to allow him to seek medical care at the best facility the United States can offer. 

We owe this to an American Hero, a United States Marine, a proud husband and father and to a man that has sacrificed his time and energy to protect our nation and our way of life.  Please help me show him that as Americans, the Honor, Courage, and Committment  he lives by is worthy of our Honor, Courage, and Committment. 

Anything you can provide will show this Sergeant Major that we will never forget, and that his sacrifice to our nation is worthy of our deepest admiration and support.  Please donate today. His situation cannot wait months for assistance. He needs us now. Thank you, God bless you and please pray for SgtMaj William Hines and his family.
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This past weekend presenting Bill with his 1st check of hopefully many more to come. Bill was overwhelmed and so very thankful. Please pass to all!
Presenting 1st Check of more to come!
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This morning I was escorted by the Tampa Bay Patriot Guard Riders to Bill's house to deliver a check from the American Patriot Heroes Fund for 25 thousand dollars. Bill was overwhelmed and humbled by the show of support from his local friends and all the donors that have contributed through this site to date. As I finally got to sit down with Bill I was overwhelmed by his on-going medical condition and his financial needs. The current funds raised to date will provide some well needed financial peace. I'm sad to say that I learned that this is only a quarter of his needs. I have changed the campaign goal to 100K. In addition to the 25K donation made, Doug's foundation www.americanpatriotheroesfund.org has pledged that all donations received for the next 2 months on their website will be sent to Bill. Please share and donate. Thank you!
Presenting current donations to Bill
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Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to donate. Please continue to share this page with your friends.

It amazes me that it is so difficult to get Americans to donote to a cause like this. I promise you this Marines condition is real and he is struggling everday. He has not been able to work for over 3 months now and is still struggling with his health. It amazes me that people will donate over 80 thousand to help a guy learn how to make potato salad but won't donate a few dollars to help a Marine that put his life on the line defending our nation and now because he did that, he is losing his life and dignity and is at risk of losing his home and everything he worked so hard for to provide to his family. Please help. donate and share this page. Semper Fidelis
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Please read the updated campaign and check out the link to the news article done on Bill by the Tampa Bay Times.
Sergeant Major William "Bill" Hines
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Tommy Childress
54 months ago

Reach out to wounded warrior project.

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Charles Stilwell
54 months ago

As National Commander of Warriors and Vets I thank you for your concern. Also who is this Bill and where does he live? We may be able to help you, but we need some facts, i hope you understand, there are so many scams out the taking advantage of our vets. You can contact me at warriorsandvets@gmail.com

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$28,070 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 56 months
Created November 2, 2014
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$50
Anonymous
53 months ago
CA
$25
Corporal Avey
53 months ago

This Armorer wishes you God speed Marine!

JT
$50
John Tway
53 months ago
SJ
$100
Sam Johnston
53 months ago

Semper Fidelis

$10
Anonymous
53 months ago
$1,000
Anonymous
53 months ago
$200
Anonymous
53 months ago
CL
$100
chad and Danielle Logue
53 months ago

Praying for you Bill!

DP
$25,000
Doug Perinchief
53 months ago (Offline Donation)

Through his Foundation www.americanpatriothereosfund.org

$50
Patti Johnstone
53 months ago

Thank you Sir, for your service to our country. We are all very proud of the leadership and commitment you have given to your brothers and sisters in the Marines Core. I pray that they can come up with the solution for your illness soon. You have given 27 yrs. serving our country. Too much for the VA. to let you down at a tie like this. God bless you.

Tommy Childress
54 months ago

Reach out to wounded warrior project.

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Charles Stilwell
54 months ago

As National Commander of Warriors and Vets I thank you for your concern. Also who is this Bill and where does he live? We may be able to help you, but we need some facts, i hope you understand, there are so many scams out the taking advantage of our vets. You can contact me at warriorsandvets@gmail.com

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