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VFW Post 322 - No one does more for veterans
As yesterday's defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.  Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service in the Persian Gulf, Korea, Kosovo, the war on terrorism or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns. Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace.
 

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The Jayden Project

 

There is a gentleman I served with that could use some help.  Let me tell you about Joshua Thornton.  Thirteen years ago, Josh was a member of the Colorado Air National Guard and a first responder in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He is married to a great woman named Sarah, and she was pregnant with their first child.  Tragedy struck, and their first child was born prematurely.  Sarah gave birth to a son named Jayden.  Jayden had to be flown down to Children’s Hospital here in Denver due to how premature he was born. 

 

Fast forward 13 years to today.  Jayden is now thirteen and has blessed their lives in so many ways.  Those blessings have not been without their challenges.  Josh moved his family down to Aurora Colorado and became a full-time member of the CO Air National Guard to better provide for his family.  The challenge now is that Jayden uses a wheelchair and needs a bathroom where he can function in by himself.  They were working with a contractor that allegedly specialized in making the required modifications and working with insurance companies to get the project covered.  This company has stopped communicating with the Thornton family. 

 

The Thorntons started a GoFundMe account to ask for help, but that has stalled.  I reached out to Josh to see if they would accept the Post’s help.  He graciously accepted.  I drafted a letter to Lowe’s to see if they would be willing to donate the materials required to the Post; we would turn the materials over to the Thorntons while helping to raise money to pay for the labor for the project.  We have not heard back from Lowe’s yet. 

 

I also learned from Josh that the insurance provider for military members has stopped covering vehicle modifications for wheelchairs.  When I talked with Josh, I reminded him that we have both been civilian first responders, and in that role, we have been miracles for so many people in their greatest hour of need.  But when we needed a miracle, people tend to forget about us.  We hope you will be willing to help be a part of a miracle for the Thornton family. 

 

You can contribute directly to the Thorntons with this GoFundMe link:

 

 

 

If you want to contribute to our Jayden Project to help them, click the link below (we will cover the card processing fee cost so they will get the full amount of your donation):

 

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 GI Bill Richard's Relief Fund
 
Bill is a military veteran who lives northwest of Fort Collins, CO, and is going through several personal issues. In 2020, Bill injured his back while at work and was on workman's comp for a year until his employer said he had to resign or get fired. They told Bill that if he resigned, they would help him get a short-term disability. That was about four months ago now, and his disability has not kicked in, so he has zero income.  

Rewind to October 4, 2021, his wife Tammy leaves to seek mental health treatment in New Orleans, LA. Her reasoning is that her parents are there and can be a support network for her. Despite the fact, she could get the same treatment locally with her husband Bill and their two fraternal twin children, Micah and Micayla, to lean on as a support network.  

In November 2021, another financial issue hit them. Tammy signed them up for the COVID-19 mortgage deferment program in 2020 since they had reduced income due to Bill being on workman's comp. However, after a year of deferred payments, the bank wanted all the deferred payments in one lump sum with interest. Tammy talked Bill into signing a quick claim deed to her parents, and they would pay off the mortgage. They would just make payments to her parents, which he did because he did not know what else to do and just wanted to save the house.  The 70 plus acres of land and house are valued around $850,000 to $900,000 and there is just under $300,000 owed on the VA loan that was used to get the land and house.  If Bill does not get help, he stands to lose not just his home, but also the equity as well.  

February 15, 2022, Tammy informed Bill that she wanted a divorce. She enlisted the aid of a prestigious New Orleans law firm, the very same firm that did the quick claim deed, to file for divorce in Louisiana. He received the divorce papers on March 25, 2022, which shows the legal date of separation of October 4, 2021, and the filing date of March 4, 2022. Louisiana law requires six months of separation before couples can file for divorce, but if they have children, it's 12 months. 

Bill still can't work, let alone stand for more than 20 minutes at a time due to his back injury. However, he has zero income as he is still waiting on his short-term disability to kick in. The kids are in Bill's custody. Tammy told him he and the kids need to be out of the house and off the property by April 30, 2022.  

Bill is a US Military Veteran who served in the Louisiana Air National Guard. Bill was a medic in the 159 Medical Group out of Belle Chase Naval Air Station. Bill was posted in the Superdome during Katrina. Bill took fire several times while trying to execute his duties as a medic to save lives.

Our goal is to raise enough funds to at least cover a lawyer's retainer fees for Bill to have legal aid in Louisiana and here in Colorado. In Colorado we want to help him with a lawyer for the workman's comp and short-term disability legal issues.  We hope you will help us get to our goal of $10,000 to help Bill and his children fight this injustice!  
 
 Any Donation Made Is Tax-Deductible 

Funds will go directly to the attorney's office who takes the case and for King Soopers Gift Cards so he can feed the kids.  

Update (5/19/22):
We have reached 20% of our $10,000 goal and raised $2,000 to help Bill and his children.   We have extended the goal deadline.  

Bill and his children have received a summons to appear in court on Thursday, May 26 at 8:15 AM, before a judge in Larimer County Court in regards to the children's grandparents initiating the eviction process.  The post commander will be there.  If anyone, especially any veterans, wishes to stand with Bill and his children along with Cmd Fort (VFW Post 322 Commander), the address is 201 LaPorte Ave, Fort Collins CO 80521.  As a clarifier, Bill took his wife's family name so the court docket will show him as William Knesel.  
 

Update (5/23/22): 

 

On Friday, May 20, 2022, we secured a small team of lawyers to help Bill and his children here in Colorado From TNS Associates. The team includes a lawyer handling property issues and a lawyer for marital issues. While TNS Associates worked out a special deal for Bill and his children for the money we raised and a lean on the marital assets, we still need to help with an attorney in Louisiana. Although both TNS Associates owner Thomas Scheffel and some of our post members are working on finding a Louisiana attorney for pro-bono work, we cannot rely on that. We still need funds for a retainer fee for a Louisiana attorney if we do not find one for pro-bono.  


 
Our Building Has Been Damage and the Insurance Will Not Help
 
Due to a burst pipe, our building was severely damaged.  The insurance company has refused to pay for the damages because they have a clause in our policy that allows them not to cover the damage of soil erosion. If you would like to help the post with veterans or repair our post, click the link below to donate and share it.
 

 
 
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Serving the following items from 5pm to 7pm.
Tacos:                                 $2.00
Bean Tostadas:                   $2.00
Bean & Beef Tostada:        $2.25
Nachos:                              $2.00
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As yesterday's defenders of freedom...

 ...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

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The Jayden Project

The Jayden Project is to help a veteran family remodel a bathroom for their 13-year-old son Jayden who uses a wheelchair. The bathroom needs to be renovated so that Jayden can access everything on his own, including the shower.

GI Bill Richard's Relief Fund

Bill is a military veteran who has his some financial and personal hardships with the last year that needs help.

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