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ONLY ON 3: Leland couple won't accept donations, sells possessions to pay medical bill

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Times are tough for a lot of people, but a Navy veteran and his wife are trying to stay afloat, while keeping their pride and a positive perspective.

As the bills continue to mount this holiday season, Robert and Linda are trying to make the most of an unfortunate situation. They have lived in their home on Lanvale Road in Leland for nearly 20 years.

The couple did not want us to use their last name, but they say because of their mounting medical bills they have no other choice but to sell personal items they worked so hard to get.

"Instead of taking cash donations, we want to sell the things we have that we're not using and make it ourselves," Linda said.

Robert, a Navy veteran, is recovering from a series of medical procedures, including brain surgery. It slows his speech, but not his resolve.

"Anybody who stops and talks about the service, they won't get my husband to be quiet, because he will talk and talk and talk about the service, and you will be lucky to get a word in edgewise," Linda said.

Linda says both she and her husband are thankful for the roof over their head and the clothes on their back, but now they need to focus on paying for the check up Robert needs to make sure his cancer does not return.

"That will create a lot of medical expenses, and as you know, that can wipe out a lot of people's resources," Linda said.

But even through their own personal struggles, Linda knows there are others out there who are much worse off.

"My prayer is that the world will be a better place for a lot of people," she said. "The middle class,seniors,disabled veterans, other veterans that have served our country; that they won't have to go through what we're going through."

Robert and Linda say they're outside every day weather permitting from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you would like to stop by and purchase a few holiday gifts, they are located on Lanvale Road next to Life of Victory Everlasting Ministries.

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It is sad

It is sad to see this veteran standing out so much of the day regardless of the weather and most of the time anyone passing by can see there has not been a lot of people stopping by. It doesn't hurt to just stop and see if there is something that someone wants and if not at least they stopped to see and I am sure that would be greatly appreciated as well as when someone buys something.

No Medicaid for veterans

IF Gov. McCrory and the NCGA had simply expanded Medicaid for North Carolina, this poor man could get the help he obviously needs. These stories are going to multiply from the coast to the mountains because our Governor and the ideologues in the GA are cruel, incompetent and oblivious to the needs of the poor, veterans, elderly and children.

SHAMEFUL!!

Common Sense

This has nothing to do with Gov McCory! The issues are due to "YOUR" idiot President Hussein and the other self righteous dummycrats, How do you figure this is an issue caused by our Gov? The current administration and the likes of Pelosi are ruining everything that American ever stood for period! He will bow to other foreign leaders and shake hands with other thug leaders around the world. Every person who voted for that piece of crap will find out that he is "MUSLIM" and that he played all you dumb democrats for a FOOL. He has done everything under the sun to destroy what this great nation was founded upon. You can take this to the bank just please print this email, place on your fridge and WAIT because you will soon see, history will soon show what the current admin and other dems have done to destroy this country.

I think there is a lot wrong

I think there is a lot wrong in BOTH parties! But if you think the Republicans are going to make this country better for the middle class, seniors, or veterans then I don't think you are listening to what they are saying and most of the Democrats are not for the middle class, seniors, or vets, either, in my opinion.

No to Dem's

Well as a 25 yr Veteran of the US Army. I would much rather have a Republican steering the ship vs a Demcrate I have served under both and the Military is far better off with when the Dems are not in control. I would agree that neither party is perfect but the Dems seem to want to take to much from the working class and give to those they deem needy. really all the need to do is get off there CAN and go get a JOB. This only applies to the ones who are able, not grandma who has worked her whole life, not talking about her. But there are too many wanting a hand out instead of making it on their on and working for what you have.

I have no problem with not

I have no problem with not giving benefits to those that can work but I do have a problem with giving subsidies to corporations, bail outs for wall street, etc. I come from a family of veterans, too, my brother one of them served his country and worked out in the heat until the day he died for not having enough money for his medical care. If you feel all the breaks should go to the top one or two percent where most Republicans feel it should go fine, but I feel sorry for you if you believe the Republicans want to help seniors or the working people that are in the middle class or below! I believe in defending OUR country but I also see nothing wrong with peacemakers that don't want to start wars in other countries. You must not be listening to what most Republicans want to do to grandma and grandpa that have worked most of their lives for their earned benefits! And it's NOT the news media giving me my information but straight out of the Republicans mouths that have made such comments as they will stop talking about medicare when there is no medicare, etc.

One of the major problems in

One of the major problems in this country is that the Republican voters cannot see that there is not much difference between the two major parties. They either have blinders on or their heads in the sand. I do think that the military personnel and veterans are worse off when there is a democrat in White House.

I have to disagree regarding veterans being worse off

For sure many Republicans don't see or don't want to see all the wrongs in their party as well as in the Democratic party but as far as veterans being worse off with a Democrat I totally disagree. It was the Republicans that would not allow another one time check to go through when there was two years of NO cola for vets and seniors! But I also know many Dems would cave and cut the big3, too, along with Republicans.

same way

I was raised the same way. Take nothing. There is always someone else who needs it more. I hope they do file for assistance through the hospital or claim bankruptcy but I seriously doubt they will. The assistance is a hand out and bankruptcy is what my old boss used to call "legalized theft". Take care folks and my mom would be proud of you.

Lanvale Road

We would like to visit the yard sale, but Lanvale Road is a long road and we are not sure of the address. An internet search of "Life of Victory Everlasting Ministries" yields zero results. Can someone provide a house number for the yard sale?

I don't know their address

I don't know their address but that church is near a flashing yellow caution light at the old fayetteville road and lanvale road intersection and there is only one flashing caution light on lanvale road that I know of.

Leland couple selling possessions to pay medical bills

I sure hope WWAY is contacting Social Services on behalf of this couple. They need help and I don't think WWAY needs to be notifying its viewers every 30 minutes to go to this couple's home to buy their belongings.

All those against the Affordable Care Act do need to see the sad situation so many of our elderly are in because they currently can't pay their medical bills but that was not the focus of this story.

Not trying to be a downer

but seriously this guy might want to get his brain rescanned for serious injury. He has zero hope of ever getting those bills paid even if he sells everything and if he sells his house he will be homeless. Obviously this poor guy got a raw deal as a vetern the VA should have been taking care of him and helping him out but seeing how others have been treated Im sadly not surprised one bit. I was fortunate enough to have ok health insurance for a serious injury I suffered and still owed nearly 10k. The same situation without insurance would have been well over 250k!!!. If this guy has no insurance he has zero hope of ever paying off his bills. I respect and admire his attempts but realistically he's fighting a losing battle. With the ACA maybe he can get decent insurance but seeing how the prices are insane and supposed credits are either non existant or a joke he maybe out of luck there as well.. The bottom line is he would be just better off filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy due to medical hardship and be done with it otherwise he'll owe likely 10s of thousands he will never be able to pay and could end up losing everything anyway if the greedy collection agencies get involved or worse lawyers who will slap leins and levys on anything and everything including the roof over their heads.

God bless you, Robert and

God bless you, Robert and Linda.

Charity care

If any of the medical bills are with NHRMC/Cape Fear then they should
complete a financial aid application. They do have a charity care & indigent
program. They may qualify to have the bill completely written off or
qualify for a reduced payment. Its
worth looking into. Call 343-7050 &
request an application.

If "the bill completely

If "the bill completely written off" then guess who eventually pays their bill for them....yep, you got it right, someone else!!!

I agree with the person who

I agree with the person who posted about the charity care for New Hanover. If you can't pay past medical bills, any and every hospital I have ever dealt with, all the way to Duke and Chapel Hill, all have charity care programs where they can either make very small payments or write the balance off. Also, if medical hill go to collections, they can agree to make small payments of even 5.00 per month. But you have to do the charity care application BEFORE it goes to collections. Also since he is a veteran I don't understand why he cannot get his future care through them. I know any veterans that go to the VA in Wilmington, Fayetteville, and Durham. The Dyrham VA has great doctors and they also use Duke doctors. He needs to apply if he hasn't already and worse case he might have to pay them 50.00 each specialist visit and 9.00 per medicine . Please send this information to them WWAY.

Reply regarding veterans doctors, hospitals

Our understanding was when we inquired about Veterans going to their hospitals and doctors is that it has to be proven service related before they will treat veterans.