Community Unites to Help 91-Year-Old Purple Heart Vet Robbed at Gunpoint

by Michael Freeman

Experiencing an unfortunate streak of luck, to say the least, a 91-year-old Purple Heart Korean War veteran was robbed at gunpoint this week. However, the hero’s luck appears to be turning around after a GoFundMe was set up for him, and is receiving a ton of support.

The New York Post spoke to the veteran, Walter White, about the incident and the events after. Two people showed up at White’s door in Harlem, New York. After he opened the door to them, one held a gun to White and wanted his cell phone and cash. “It was just one of ’em things,” Walter stated. “I opened my door for this guy and come to find I have a .38 in my face.” Recognizing his contributions to our country and attempting to help, a GoFundMe was created to help support him.

“This 91-year-old War veteran (82nd Airborne Korean War) was robbed in his Harlem apartment at gun point,” the GoFundMe page states. “His cell phone and money robbed from him. He was sleeping on a duffle bag as a bed until recently when someone gave him a bed. The money would help him get a new phone, get some furniture and any everyday necessities he may need.”

As of now, it’s at $2,000 of the wanted $5,000. Additionally, other institutions are helping White. A local non-profit gave him $400, a bed, pillows, a kitchen table set, and other amenities. My Brother Vinny, an organization that aids homeless veterans, also provided furniture.

Overall, White is humbled and honored by the effort. He doesn’t even harbor ill will against the man with the gun who robbed him. White tells The Post he hopes the robber does “good with the money he got with me.”

Gary Sinise is Giving ‘Forever Homes’ to Veterans

With Veterans Day having just passed, the support for them is coming out in full force. In light of the holiday, renowned actor Gary Sinise recently announced the Gary Sinise Foundation would give away “forever homes” to wounded veterans.

Talking to Fox News on Veterans Day, Sinise announced the initiative and his reasoning. “Life can be very, very challenging for somebody in a wheelchair,” Sinise told the news outlet. “It can be very, very difficult just trying to function in an apartment or a small house that’s not built for somebody with physical challenges like that.”

This reasoning led to the Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (RISE) program. RISE gives wounded veterans mortgage-free smart houses to aid them with living. Further, it helps with the smart home’s modifications. Finally, the organization gives mobility devices and adapted vehicles to both veterans and first responders.

Moreover, “What we try to do is provide everything that you could possibly think of that would help to make the life of the veteran and the family be more independent,” Sinise explained.