Extreme Team and advocates help Spokane Valley veteran in need
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — One phone call from KXLY’s Mark Peterson, and they were in.
“When we have a situation like this its very cathartic to step in and help,” said Scot Frazer, interim President of Washington’s Fallen Heroes Banner Project.
In need, was a Vietnam and Korea vet from Spokane Valley, who’s front yard had overgrown to the point where there were people hiding and staying in the evergreens.
Crews removed the overgrowth and flattened the front yard out, filling it in with wood chips.
Paul, who served for nearly three decades and has been awarded some of the Army’s top medals and commendations, including a Bronze Star and Purple Hearts, suffers now from PTSD and dementia, and was fully founded in being concerned about strangers in his front yard.
“My uncles served in the army and they said if you really want the experience to join up,” Paul said. “They said, if you speak English, thank a teacher, if you hate war, send an American into the war to stop it.”
He’s proud of service, in what was a difficult time for the country.
“It was worth every minute of it, every agonizing night, I had one of the best teams in the world, they never let me down, because I never let them down,” he said.
And now his team has grown with volunteers like Frazer and others from the area’s Veterans Community Response.
“I see a lot of younger veterans with survivors guilt and with PTSD,” said Frazer, “being a part of a team and seeing a quantifiable goal, its good for the heart,”
The entire project was also made possible by local businesses like Lance Pounder Excavation and Wittkopf Landscape supply.
“I am very grateful,” said, “there is no way I could have done the work myself.”
Now he has a nice view from his front window.
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