When Richard Overton was much younger, he faced challenges few of us could barely even imagine. He was a young man during the middle of World War II and as the oldest living veteran of that war, he continues to be a force in life and among those who know him. However, he does have some challenges, as any 110-year-old would, but he’s outlived his closest family members and the need for in home care is real.
Even though Richard Overton can still get around well enough on his own, he needs to remain safe and at his advanced age, there are questions about whether he can remain safe. His current support system is a person who is in their 90s who’s also living with him, and friends and relatives know he needs more.
A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for home care. The initial goal was to raise $50,000 for the fund and during its initial few days, it seemed as though there wasn’t going to be a great deal of support, but when publications like the Statesman began running the story, there was a spike in support.
As more coverage is created for this story, it’s believed there will be more support. Mr. Overton has had his share of struggles and triumphs in his long life. As reported by Ben Wear for The Statesman in the article, Donations spike in home are push for 110-year old vet Richard Overton:
Richard Overton celebrated his 110th birthday in May at the home not far from Huston-Tillotson University where he has lived since shortly after coming back from the war in 1945. Overton traveled to Washington and Arlington National Ceremony for Veterans Day in 2013 where President Barack Obama personally honored him for his service and long life. He ate breakfast with the president the morning of the ceremony and posed for pictures with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the White House.
While Richard Overton credits some of his longevity to whiskey and cigars, he needs support in the form of a home care aide and for those veterans unable to afford it, it’s great to know there are options available to help raise money for it.
Currently, looking ahead, his options are getting proper support and care from an in home care aide or moving to a nursing home. It looks right now like we won’t need to worry about that latter option.