07 May 2012
What Is Your Support Worth?
Do you support the troops? Do you care about veterans? Wear red on Fridays? Have a yellow ribbon on your car?
Let's take it to the next step: digging in and helping one specific veteran.
I've got one: a guy who served in Croatia, who helped rescue the Drin Hospital patients, who has a number of injuries, especially PTSD. Veterans Affairs made an error in 2004 and deprived him of his pension for months. By the time he got what he was owed, his house was in ruins, his finances in tatters, and he'd attempted suicide. Eight years later, after a high-profile hunger strike, he has a letter of apology from VAC. Until this month, he had been homeless. His home is still in ruins and his finances still in tatters. He still owes a mortgage on the uninhabitable property, which is in foreclosure.
It was his grandparents home.
As if that wasn't enough, we have discovered a very active campaign has been working to discredit him. A few people have been contacting potential donors and telling them his plight is all a scam.
Every word of his plight is true and can be checked by anyone. Google: Fabien Melanson Veteran *
$5000 gets his property back in his possession. That's where we start, now.
So the question I have is this:
Will you help me with this one veteran?
The entire time I've been trying to throw him a rope, others have been reeling it short.
Will YOU help rescue just one veteran? Please? You wear the red every week, you wear the ribbon with pride, you talk about heroes... will you do something to help one?
Or is that all just talk?
Anyone can help, every donation counts. If 5000 give a loony, this vet gets his house back from the lawyers. If 2500 people skip coffee, we can do it. If 500 people skip the drive-thru... you get the idea.
Paypal/email transfer to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations can be made to TD Bank (direct or wire transfer)
Transit #: 05023
Institution #: 004
Account #: 6418137
Name: Jeff Rose-Martland for Fabien Melanson
Cheques & Money Orders
Payable to: Jeff Rose-Martland for Fabien Melanson
Fix Fabien's House
4 Neville Pl.
St. John's, NL
We will accept everything from copper pennies to gold bars. But please, no rubber cheques.
*there's another Fabien Melanson who is a musician and all over the net. Include 'veteran' to find the right one.