What happens when one loses a spouse and can’t afford to live in his home any longer? Is a disabled veteran?

Roger Peterson does what others have not: donated his home to other disabled veterans, having paid out of his pocket for much of the construction while awaiting a 503 charity status.

I know Roger, I recalled when his wife passed away. He hardly had funds for a basic funeral and was lost without her. Now, he is giving from his heart.

These are days when it is tough to give, especially to someone you don’t know. I know where my finances stand and I can barely scrape enough money together to pay my bills, but I will give what I can even if it’s 5 bucks. And, spread the word. There is surely a good soul out there or many who have a heart for the disabled veterans.

This is the GoFundMe page to help him finish work on the home for vets.

Losing one of our own…

I live in rural Oregon, Josephine County to be specific. All of rural Oregonians appreciate the dangers of fire and give love and support to ours, whether volunteer or with ODF.

This means we have firefighters, men that work one of the most difficult and dangerous jobs on earth. It is also a thankless job.

So, it is with heavy heart that I bring the news of the death of Rick Boatman, a firefighter who lost his valiant battle not to fire, but to cancer.

Being in and out of chemo and radiation, the insurance didn’t cover everything. He rallied then relapsed, the cycle repeating over and again. Now, there is nothing for funeral expenses.

For a dedicated soul, a man with a family, loved ones, and the respect of our community, the loss is huge. His wife’s struggle is now overwhelming with trying to fund and plan a funeral and pay for medical bills not covered.

I pray that this might move you, to tears, to prayers, to comment on your sadness and prayers on GoFundMe, and if you can, to give.