Monday 26 June 2017

Family of disabled veteran trying to raise $5,000 to make dream come true

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

The family of a disabled veteran are trying to raise $5,000 to make his dream come true.

Edward L. Deupree's dream has always been to visit the Vietnam memorial in Washington, DC.

He is a wheelchair-bound veteran of the Vietnam war, which makes travel difficult for him.

Explaining on the gofundme page, his son wrote that his father is "overweight" and, as a result, it is "expensive to fly him".

"I want him to have his wish but am unable to fulfill it on my income or his".

Deupree's injuries include a dermal hematoma bullet lodged in his back. He was shot in the head and thigh during his service from 1970 to 1974.

The family explained to Independent.ie that the target of $5,000 would cover a new wheelchair and round-trip for him and his son to fulfill his wish to see the monument in Washington. The family currently live in Arkansas.

So far, the family have raised $160 towards their target.

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