I met Rivka on the internet when she posted a question on a forum for Ford Flexes. After hearing her story, I offered to help by starting a fundraiser. It took me more than two months to convince these proud young people to accept help.
Here is their story, in Rivka's words. I hope you will decide to help a vet in need. As a veteran myself, I felt it was my duty to do whatever I could to help. Every dime given will go to the Keith and Rivka to help them get back on their feet.
Keith and I have known each other since ’92 when I was just 18 and he asked me to have a cup of coffee with him at college.
Our lives have been entwined ever since, even though it took me 12 years to grow up and see that I should be dating him!
We reconnected as he was deploying to Iraq as an imbedded Combat Medic in a Heavy Armored Unit.
After more than a year of writing back and forth to the war zone Iraq, we started dating when he finally came home.
We now have been married more than 10 years and have gotten thru 2 Combat deployments and more base moves than I can count.
Our wonderful little twins born at Walter Reed Military Hospital.
Their Dad worked downstairs in the same hospital taking care of wounded soldiers.
Deployments were hard, Keith is a caring soul and that is what drove him to be a medic.
He lost more than one friend in his own arms while trying to save them.
He fought to save local school kids that had been bombed, lost some of those innocent children in his arms as well.
No one should ever experience this.
He has never been the same since.
Keith was medically retired from the Army with 17 of the 20 years needed for full retirement.
With severe PTSD and numerous other injuries, he just could not keep going, we have planned to be “lifers”.
His VA rating is now 90%, Combat Related Disability
We now focus on healing him.
In February, the engine of our fairly new ’13 car failed us.
After fighting for months with Ford about what came first and who caused what, all our warranty claims were denied.
Our family was financially devastated as we drained savings accounts and maxed out credit cards to pay the more than $9,000 in engine replacement and rental care bills.
I shifted to full time work at the expense of time to care for my husband and family to make ends meet.
This summer Keith disability ratings and retirement was made officially permanent and I have been told not to expect him to work in any meaningful way in the foreseeable future.
I hope and will strive to prove them wrong, but also need to accept our current struggles and accept help.