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Walter Yost - Veteran Needs Help!

$7,450 of $50k goal

Raised by 65 people in 6 days
Roger Beck
on behalf of Valerie Ruminski
 TALLAHASSEE, FL
I am Roger Beck, a retired Army Ranger and friend of Walter Yost.  I created this page to assist in raising funds for one of America’s heros.

Walt Yost, Jr. is a Viet Nam veteran who served with Co C, 5th SFG(A), RVN assigned to A-109 Thuong Duc SF/CIDG Camp.  He served two tours in Viet Nam and was awarded a Bronze Start Medal w/V device, for actions during an ambush on 2/25/68, and a Purple Heart for his injuries suffered during the ambush.  The firefight was intense and two Special Forces solders lost their lives and a third had to be medevacked out of country.  Walt served his country as an Enlisted man before going to Officer Candidate School and becoming a Commissioned Officer.   Walt eventually left the Army during the draw down, in 1972 after bravely serving his country for almost 7 years.

On December 9, 2016 Walt told his wife Val, that he wasn’t feeling very well.  They went to the hospital where Walt underwent major heart surgery.  Sometime during the surgery, six bypasses and two repairs to a torn aorta, Walt suffered a series of mini-strokes.  His body is recovering fine from the heart surgery but the mini-strokes left him in an unconscious state.  He was transferred from Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s ICU to Select Specialty Hospital-Tallahassee, FL where he can remain for up to 40 days.  A group of former Ranger and Special Forces veterans are doing their best to assist Val in navigating the VA and looking for after-care options for Walt.  The road to recovery is going to be a long one and Walt is going to need specialized care for some time.

Funds raised will be used to pay for the mounting medical expenses, provide funds so that Val can visit her husband (their house is 50 miles from the hospital) and if any remain, then make some much needed repairs on their house for when Walt eventually comes home.

I will post updates periodically to keep you up to date on Walt and Val’s situation.

Thank you for your generosity and support.
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Update 4
Posted by Roger Beck
2 days ago
Tonight (1/12) Update from Ranger Croushorn: When I went into his room his eyes were closed. When I got up to his bed I said, "Captain Yost, this is Ranger Croushorn." He opened his eyes. He kept his eyes open while I talked to him. He blinked his eyes but I could not tell if his eyes were moving when I moved. I am encouraged.

The recovery continues!!!!!
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Update 3
Posted by Roger Beck
3 days ago
Update from Ranger Lindley: Walt's condition no longer warrants ICU and he has been moved to another room. He's off the monitors, but he still is breathing thru a trach tube. The staff says he continues to recover well from the heart surgery and is physically strong. He remains unconscious. His in-laws stated that at one time Walt kept his eyes open for an extended period of time. They said his pupils still look dilated and he doesn't seem to be able to properly focus, but they also said he moved his eyes back and forth as if trying to examine his surroundings.
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Update 2
Posted by Roger Beck
4 days ago
Here is a picture of Lt Walt Yost with USAF FAC pilot CPT Jim "Big 07" Sisemore. The man on the left is who you are helping. I'll see him tonight, read off the list of donors and hope that will spark something inside and maybe get a little smile.

Never leave a fallen comrade...RLTW/DOL
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Update 1
Posted by Roger Beck
6 days ago
Walt's wife, Val, is humbled by the support from those that personally know Walt, friends and members of the Spec Ops community. We continue to pray for Walt's recovery. On my next visit to see Walt I will be reading off the list of current donors. Thank you so much...Roger Beck RLTW/DOL!
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$7,450 of $50k goal

Raised by 65 people in 6 days
Created January 9, 2017
Roger Beck  
on behalf of Valerie Ruminski
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God bless you, give you strength, and watch over you, Walt.

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