Warrior Relief Fund helps Marquette County veteran

A veteran diagnosed with stage four cancer received a generous gift from the Warrior Relief Fund.

Joshua Lehigh served in the United States Army for 12 years including one deployment to Iraq.  He lived a normal life until he got some heartbreaking news last year.  “Back in October, I got pretty ill with some issues.  I ended up having to be transferred from Marquette General to Milwaukee VA and they did a surgery and found out I had stage four colon cancer,” said Army veteran Lehigh.  “It was a surprise with my age and kind of shocking that I have cancer at such a young age.”

At 37 years old, unable to work and with two young boys to take care of, Joshua’s money problems became overwhelming.  But Thursday,  they are slightly more manageable thanks to the Warrior Relief Fund which gave Joshua $1,000 dollars to keep going.  “I just can’t state how amazing it is to have something out there for us vets and to help us out.  I mean it warms my heart and it helped me out so much.  That’s all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Lehigh.

The Warrior Relief Fund started in 2001.  Money raised helps veterans or active service members during any difficult financial situation, just like Josh.  Dale Akerley, part of the Warrior Relief Fund, said, “He earned it and I truly, in my heart, feel that way.  To see him come in here with his kids, how attentive he is to his kids, and how important he is to them kids.  Yeah I feel really, really good about it.”

And the help doesn’t stop there.  A second check was also presented to the Sons of American Legion for the veterans living at the D.J. Jacobetti home in Marquette.  For more information on how you can donate or get help, call the American Legion Post 349 at 906-346-6000.

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