Friday 19 January 2018

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 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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