Walter Yost - SF Vet Needs Help!
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.
Walt has been in the hospital for the last week being treated for problems stemming from the piss poor care at Heritage Healthcare, Tallahassee. Since he was transferred to that facility he's only spent two days there due to lack of care which has earned him two separate hospital stays.
NOW, the hospital wants to discharge him and Heritage doesn't want to take care of a trach patient unless Hospice assists with the care. Medicare will cover Hospice....Val must cover the copay for Heritage and they are demanding $6,000 up front for a 30 day stay. She is using funds raised but she can't cover another 30 days unless we raise the money.
The VA still has not decided whether or not to increase Walt's disability. Until they decide we must help this family out.
***Please ask people or business who might be so kind as to help us help them. If you find that you have a few extra dollars please help.
You can contact Roger Beck via this fundraiser if you have any questions or suggestions.
Please share, donations are still needed.
Please keep Val in your prayers. This woman has endured a lot and still is trying to keep everything together while she waits for the VA's decision on benefits.
Please continue to share so that we can keep the donations coming in as they are sorely needed!
Has anyone contacted the DVA who can assist him with his care.?
Walter is my only brother & because we were the closest in age growing up, we were also partners in crime stealing meatballs from mom's special sauce, we built snow forts & rode sleds in the snow & swam in the "crick" in the summer. We played with the cats in the hayloft of the barn, worked in the garden & had tomato fights. As adults we always had each Other's back & each of us was the first call we made when something earth shattering was happening in our lives. When he led for the army I was terrified that he wouldn't come back. He was wounded & I was traumatized. Then we went on with our lives. I. Ever would have thought that all of these years later he would still have such a battle to fight - one still from the war in Nam. Damned Agent Orange got him & he didn't even know it. It snuck up on him like a sneaky enemy & attacked. Well this guy is a strong warrior & will win this fight too. This time there will be no bronze star or Purple Heart. We just need to get him his life back. I know it won't be the same. Some quality of life is what we want for him & to hear his laugh & for him to tease me again. I want to disagree with him on a myriad of subjects , then realize that we always were & always will have a bond stronger than a lot of people understand. He's inspired younger guys in our family to become amazing men & his flirtatious teasing made the cousins, and nieces giggle. He has been a friend to many including family members & inspired young people with his work with the YMCA as a young man himself. He won swimming & track awards in high school but mostly he's "just" and most importantly, my brother.