Walter Yost - SF Vet Needs Help!

$16,000 of $50k goal

Raised by 180 people in 2 months
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 27
Posted by Roger Beck
6 days ago
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It's been a week since the memorial service for Walt. I can still remember every part of it and those who attended. The comments about Walt and Val were touching. Dedication to the community was the common thread...selfless dedication. Jim Croushorn did the best job putting together the service. The two Sergeants from the Georgian National Guard did an outstanding job performing their duties and presenting the American flag to Val.

Unfortunately we now move on to the next phase of taking care of our own and that is continuing to raise funds for medical bills and moving expenses. To date Val has received almost $40,000 in medical bills. We must continue to stand by her and assist as possible. Val is also preparing to move from Barwick, GA. Destination not determined yet but organizing, packing, yard sales and such are all part of the ongoing work.

If you can help please do so. Your donations are truly needed.
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Update 26
Posted by Roger Beck
15 days ago
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Attention all friends and veterans!

Who: All family and friends
What: Memorial Service for Walter L. Yost, Jr.
When: Tuesday, March 14th, 1100 hrs
Where: Whiddon-Shriver Funeral Home, 10451 Us Highway 84 E, Thomasville, GA 31757
Why: To honor the life of Vietnam Veteran Special Forces CPT Walter L. Yost, Jr.
SF and Rangers bring berets.
There may be a lunch afterwards...location not confirmed yet.
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Update 25
Posted by Roger Beck
19 days ago
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Funeral arrangements have been made for Walt Yost.
Walt will be cremated and a memorial service/celebration of Walt's life will be held Tuesday, March 14th at 1100 hours in or around Thomasville, GA
Location to be determined but will publish as soon as it's finalized.
Ashes will be placed at a National Cemetery at a later date.

You can contact me, Roger Beck, via Facebook, Twitter or email if you have any questions.

RLTW/DOL
Never Leave a Fallen Comrade
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Update 24
Posted by Roger Beck
20 days ago
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Walt's wife, Val Ruminsk, informed me this morning that at 0400 Vietnam veteran 5th Group Special Forces CPT Walter Yost, Jr. passed due to breathing complications at Heritage Healthcare, Tallahassee, FL. She was informed of his passing by Hospice at 0420. She has chosen Whiddon Shiver Funeral Home, 10451 US Hwy 84 E, Thomasville, GA 31757 to take charge of his person. This is so that she and family from out of town can be closer to him instead of driving to Tallahassee. Walt’s sister, Sally from Arizona, is scheduled to fly into Tallahassee tomorrow on a preplanned trip to visit her brother. Val said that she will make decisions on Walt’s funeral with Sally.

Her is her mailing address for cards and/or donations:
Val Ruminski
PO Box 145
Barwick, GA 31720

I am leaving the GoFundMe page up so that we can continue to assist with the debt has has been incurred and any other expenses that arise.

I will post funeral details are they are made available to me.

RLTW/DOL!
Never Leave a Fallen Comrade

Roger Beck
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Nancy Fiederlein
1 month ago

Has anyone contacted the DVA who can assist him with his care.?

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Sally Yost-Youngker
1 month ago

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.

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$16,000 of $50k goal

Raised by 180 people in 2 months
Created January 9, 2017
Roger Beck  
on behalf of Valerie Ruminski
DB
$80
Donna Bugme
2 days ago
$100
Anonymous
5 days ago
AM
$100
Andrea Moore
6 days ago

Blessings...

AA
$20
anonymous Anonymous
6 days ago
SH
$122
shewanna Herwaltback
10 days ago

We are really gonna miss you Walt.

$50
Anonymous
12 days ago
LO
$20
Lawrence D Obrist
14 days ago
AA
$100
Anonymous2 Anonymous2
14 days ago
AA
$100
Anonymous Anonymous
14 days ago
RF
$10
ROBERT E FOTI
15 days ago
Nancy Fiederlein
1 month ago

Has anyone contacted the DVA who can assist him with his care.?

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Sally Yost-Youngker
1 month ago

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.

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