After a distinguished career in both the United States Army, as well as the United States Air Force, with two deployments to Iraq and one to Africa, this Veteran has suffered some major life struggles. Mark faces eviction from his home due to foreclosure and also hopes to be reunited with his two beautiful daughters. Please consider supporting a Veteran in need and lending a helping hand to Mark. Thank you.
In 1986 I joined the US Army. I was a Tank Crewman during the Cold War. After that, I served in the Florida Army National Guard and was activated during Hurricane Andrew. After a 10 year break in Military Service, I re-enlisted in the California Army National Guard after 9/11. I served in Operation Noble Eagle guarding Camp San Luis Obispo in central California. Then in 2004 I was Mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom. I came home a changed man in January, 2006.I was awarded a Combat Action Badge and I had lost two friends to IED's and I survived a rocket attack when the rocket bounced past me, but failed to detonate.Shortly after my return I was diagnosed with PTSD and eventually my wife divorced me. I lost physical and legal custody of our 2 daughters and I fell into severe depression. I was hospitalized twice in the Phoenix VA hospital for suicidal ideations.After struggling with alcohol abuse, I finally got sober and eight months later I went to Truck Driving School in September 2019. I landed a job in March 2019 with Schneider National as an Over-the-Road Trucker in the 11 Western States. The pandemic was just ramping up as I hit the road. I delivered much needed freight, bottled water, paper products, medical supplies for Wal-Mart, CVS, and Target, to name a few.It was very stressful, learning to drive a big rig during a pandemic while managing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the Iraq War. I started having chest pains in June 2019 and while in Colorado Springs I was hospitalized. They found no evidence of major heart disease and assumed my chest pains were from stress. So I got cleared and continued trucking, but the pains continued. I made it back to Phoenix and Parked my truck thinking I may have COVID19, so I went and got tested, but that was negative. The pains only got worse and the VA couldn't get me in to see a cardiologist for another 30 days. I purchased a heart monitor from Amazon and discovered my chest pains were actually irregular heart rhythms. They got so bad that I started passing out with syncope. I was rushed to the hospital at least four times and hospitalized three times. They had trouble diagnosing me. Finally a cardiologist suspected I had Coronary Artery Spasms, which is a rare condition and can be fatal if left untreated. He put me on proper medication that actually helped alleviate the symptoms. The cardiologist still won't clear me to go back to driving trucks, and so my company had to let me go because there was no telling when I could be cleared. They said they would hire me back if I could get medically cleared.My CDL medical certification expires September 30th, 2019, and I don't think I will be cleared by then, as I am still having bouts of chest pains (angina). As for now, I am struggling on my VA disability and I have lost my car. I am hoping people will get together so I can buy a cheap, dependable used car. My Blog SGTCROWLEY.COM
We work with veterans assisting them with training their own service dogs at no cost to them for our time or services. Our trainers have over 50 years of combine training experience. We are currently searching for a safe indoor facility, so that we may train with veterans and their dogs year around. We are a non-profit organization, all help are volunteer and no one receives a wage, so that all money can be dedicated to our mission. servicesupportdogs.org
David’s laugh, smile, and goofiness were contagious to everyone he encountered. He served in the United States Army from 2003 - 2013 during which he did a tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In returning home he became an advocate in supporting veterans to help change legislation to provide veterans with more resources. He also went on to receive his Associates Degree in Political Science. He was a huge community supporter wherever he was and did anything he could to help in whatever way possible. My beloved son lost the long time battle with his demons while in Florida on August 29, 2020 and I am left with saying goodbye to another son. The financial hardship of getting his body back home along with being able to cover unexpected expenses during this time has put a strain our family. We have already received an outpouring of support for our family and for that I am grateful. Anything you can contribute will be appreciated. David is survived by his grandmother, Ruth Primett; mother and step father, Laura Goodpaster and Sean Kelly; sister, Michelle Ahrarian; nieces and nephews; Evan Keller, Miguel Perez, Madelina Ahrarian, Mia Ahrarian, Maddox Ramirez; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family. David is preceded in death by his brother, Joe Perez. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Quantico National Cemetery.
This campaign is for an Army Veteran who suffers from PTSD. He is not ready to come forward and talk about it with the general public. He reached out to me and expressed the need for a PTSD service dog. He currently suffers from social and crowd anxiety along with other medical issues. This PTSD service dog will be trained to help him cope with his anxiety and other medical issues. The funds of this campaign will be used for acquiring the dog and the countless hours of training that he will need before and after he is placed with his veteran. Our program is different in that our veterans train their dogs along with us. Our training facility is located in Naugatuck CT. Here the veteran and his service dog will be able to learn the skills need to work and continue training with his service dog.
All contributions go towards helping the brave men and women who are deployed overseas. We are a non-profit organization that helps send care packages to deployed troops, overseas. Due to COVID-19, they have shut down many facilities, and there are many limitations on normal activities, that we often take for granted in America. We are seeking donations to help send out more packages during these hard times to boost the morale of our brave men and women deployed. With your help, you can make a difference and they’ll never forget your generosity. You matter to them, show them, they matter to you! Thank you to our supporters, and Fund the First for giving us this opportunity to reach out to patriots like you, to help us reach our goal in funding this mission.
Please donate to help with end of life expenses for a fellow veteran and family member. My brother made an impact on many, and was loved by all. Early Wednesday morning we received a call of my brother's sudden and untimely passing due to heart complications. Marc was only 44 years old and loved by so many. His passing has rocked all of our worlds as he was such an amazing person. Marc is survived by his significant other Jacquelene, his two daughters Almira and Yazmine, his sister Terri, and his mother Debra. Please find it in your hearts to help support such a beautiful and wonderful man. Every little bit helps.
Dear contributing patrons, My name is Roberto I am a US Marine Vet who has fallen into tough times. I served in 2015-2019 of August I had plans to reenlist but sometimes plans don't go accordingly. Im a college undergrad still but am working hard to get my Bachelor's all by myself with the help of amazing people helping me along the way to a successful life. I recently had gotten evicted and had found a place suitable for now. I hope to use this goal to help with my financial status in life. I have never been a person to ask for help in my life but that's just how we Marines are kind of made. I appreciate any amount of donation and hope to do everyone proud to bounce back from this current hiccup in my life.
**Update** Thanks everyone so far who donated. My first goal was reached in only 8 days! My name is David Perez and I am a disabled combat veteran that served in OIF. While traveling for work on July 15th, I totaled my jeep, and it has left me feeling pretty hopeless. I travel for my piece-meal contract work, and had my Jeep for 10 months. The bank payment I need it to make is roughly 15,000 and USAA is only paying out the worth of the vehicle, which is 11k. This is what's breaking me currently. I am in the process of opening a homeless Veteran housing program and all my capital is tanked into this and other projects. Right now, I've got too many plates in the air to clear this out on my own steam, and I need my community to help me on this one. Anything you can do to help me pay off the approximately $4000 the bank wants for the remainder of my loan. If I can pay off the bank, I can be done with this rental car, and have a vehicle again for this next deployment. I can also salvage my credit that is being worked on. It's a gut punch to lose the first car I've had since 2017 especially when the bank requires more money than what I paid for it. Thanks so much for your consideration, whereas I know this is a rough time for many.
On Friday July 17, 2020, the Yu Family lost a devoted husband, father and grandfather. An American hero and patriot, David Yu passed tragically away from 9/11 cancer. David enlisted in the United States Army in 1987 and honorably for 26 years. While serving, he conducted a combat tour in Iraq from 2002-2003 and retired from the Army in May 2014. In 1996 David joined the NYPD 1996 where he was assigned to 103th Precinct and served the south Jamaica community both on patrol and community affairs. On August 2, 2011, he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to Strategic Response Group 4. He retired from the NYPD in 2017. David leaves behind his beautiful wife, Damaris Yu of 31 years together, his daughter Tamara Yu, son David Yu, Jr. and three lovely grand children who will forever miss being held by the most amazing grand papa in the world. David was 54th years old at the time of his death. He was strong enough to serve in two unique uniforms joined by a common bond to serve for our Country and our City. On behalf of the Yu Family, this campaign is to raise funds to assist with hardship expenses for David’s family. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear
At the beginning of 2020 I created a goal list for the year. I called it my 30 for 30 list. 30 things I will accomplish by December 30. Running a marathon and donating to charity were on the top of the list. I heard through the grapevine that the Marine Corps Marathon in Virginia would be a good place to start for a new long distance runner. I signed up right away and got to work. I had a few friends join me in preparation for this event, namely my buddy Russell D’Agostino, who gave me the idea to utilize this event to raise money for charity. Our military and first responders make the hardest sacrifices to keep us safe and we thought what a great opportunity to show our appreciation for the work they do for our country. That's why we are choosing to raise money for Team Red, White, and Blue (Team RWB). Our veterans face many challenges after coming home from service and Team RWB does fantastic work to keep our veterans connected and restoring their sense of purpose in the community. No amount of money can repay the sacrifices made but every little bit helps in building a better future for those who have given so much for our country.
There are around 22 veteran suicides every day which is 22 too many. The brave men and women that fight and defend our freedom as a nation deserve better care and support. This is a huge problem in our country and will NOT be fixed until that number reaches ZERO. As an active duty Marine Corps spouse of 14 years, I have witnessed the effect that veteran suicide has on the surviving family members, friends and fellow brothers and sisters in arms. The families of service members sacrifice so much over the course of their loved one’s military career and are oftentimes overlooked in the wake of a veteran’s suicide; which should have never happened in the first place. To raise awareness for veteran suicide and the surviving family members, I challenge each person to participate in the #22pushupchallenge, share on social media with the hashtag #22forTAPS, and give at least $22 to contribute to our campaign goal of $2,222 ! We must work together to not only end veteran suicide but to support the surviving family members as well! Proceeds from this campaign will go directly to TAPS which provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. As an organization, they have supported more than 14,116 suicide loss survivors and have a dedicated team for suicide pre-postvention. Read more about TAPS here. Let’s do this! One Family. One Mission. Here’s how the 22 Push-up Challenge works: · Once you are nominated and accept the challenge, your 22 days starts · Once you accept the challenge, donate $22 to the #22forTAPS Suicide Awareness fundraising campaign · Every day, record yourself doing 22 push-ups- Do them any way you can. Effort is what counts-not form · Every day you must nominate a different person · And finally, have fun with this. This is a simple, interactive way to shed light on this and stop the stigma surrounding mental health while proactively removing the guilt, shame, or resistance which stands in the way of seeking care. Confidential Military Crisis Line: 1 (800) 273-8255 (Option 1) or Text 838255 TAPS National Military Survivor Helpline: 800-959-TAPS (8277) TAPS: https://www.taps.org/jointaps