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Help a local veteran and family in need


Last updated 7/20/2022 at 11:42am

Mental Health First Aid/National Council for Mental Wellbeing

(Names omitted to protect privacy)

FOUNTAIN – A local couple with 10 children is going through a crisis and asking the community for help with meals, school supplies, and more.

The husband is medically retired from the Army, with a history of severe PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and suicide attempts. The wife is working two jobs and trying to maintain the household while he gets much needed care.

Together, they have five biological children and five adopted.

"We love this community and are glad to call it home," the wife said. "We appreciate anything that is offered. We have an extra fridge and freezer in the garage so we can also freeze meals. Thank you for considering our family while we try and navigate this difficult time."

After a recent mental health crisis with suicidal ideations, the family is working with a few nonprofits focused on veterans' health and mental health. They haven't had time to get connected with services that can help with other basic needs for the family.

Her husband has lost his job and was one month shy of being able to qualify for FMLA, so his leave was not extended any further and paychecks have stopped on that front.

The wife is working two jobs to try and keep financials covered and is not home a lot. Two family friends are staying there to help care for children, but the ability to buy and prepare food is lacking.

"We are not picky at all and are super appreciative of anything," she said. "The only food allergy is shell fish, farm raised fish and anything fermented (kombucha, beer, wine, etc.).

After reaching out to community members on social media, the family was advised that a meal train and Amazon wish list online would be some of the easiest ways for people to help.

They have added a number of items to the wish list, and provided ideas for meals and sign-up dates on the meal train page. See links for both here, and share with anyone who might be able to help.

Amazon Wish List:

Meal Train sign-ups:


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