Americans Donate to Help Keep Oldest Living Veteran in His Home

Americans Donate to Help Keep Oldest Living Veteran in His Home

While Americans may be divided by a great many things in 2017, one of the few things we can almost always all agree upon is that our veterans deserve our support, especially when they fall on hard times.

Richard Overton is the oldest living United States veteran. At 110, Overton is in constant need of home care, and his family has started a GoFundMe page to help with his expenses.

The goal of the page is to raise $200,000 and as of Thursday morning, more than $157,000 had been donated by more than 3,450 people. The page has been active for roughly one month.

Overton was honored by former President Barack Obama and has been recognized by many people not only for his age, but for his service to his country during World War II.

CNBC noted that over 60 years ago Overton actually built the house he wants to live out the rest of his life in.

“We all know that moving him out his house will put him in the grave,” explained Volma Overton, Overton’s third cousin and the person who created the GoFundMe page.

In an interview with Fox News in 2013, Overton credited his long life to whiskey, cigars and yard work — a rather unorthodox way of extending your life expectancy.

“I got good health and I don’t take any medicine,” he explained. “I also stay busy around the yards. I trim trees, help with the horses. The driveways get dirty, so I clean them. I do something to keep myself moving. I don’t watch television.

“I may drink a little in the evening too, with some soda water, but that’s it,” he added. “Whiskey’s a good medicine. It keeps your muscles tender.”

It is heartwarming to see so many Americans chip in to help an American hero live comfortably for the rest of his life.

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