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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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