Jake Mitchell, a 22-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran, is reportedly fighting for his life in an intensive care unit in San Antonio after his lung collapsed on May 27, San Antonio’s KENS5 reports.
Left without health insurance, Mitchell reportedly drove himself three hours from Del Rio, Texas, to Audie Murphy Memorial Veterans Affairs Hospital, the nearest VA facility.
Now in critical condition, Mitchell isn’t just facing hours of fear and uncertainty in the Audie Murphy ICU — he has to face them alone.
Mitchell’s solitude is a product of circumstance rather than familial callousness. The young vet’s girlfriend, who is from Del Rio, came to visit him in San Antonio but had to return to work over Memorial Day weekend, and he reportedly doesn’t have close family nearby. His mother, lost her job and can't afford to buy a plane ticket to San Antonio from her home in Ohio.
"I'm a little nervous about it just because anything could happen," Mitchell told KENS5.
In an effort to help, family friend Victoria Bartkiewicz-Stansberry set up a YouCaring fundraiser to reunite Stine with her son. So far, more than 150 people have donated over $8,000, and Stine has been overwhelmed by the kindness of others.
“Andrea currently is trying to coordinate things on her end and as fast as humanly possible,” Bartkiewicz-Stansberry wrote on the YouCaring page.
If you want to help, the YouCaring page is still live, and there are a number of organizations, like the Fisher House Foundation, which help provide military families housing and assistance when their loved one is hospitalized for an illness or injury. And you can always contact Audie Murphy Memorial Veterans Affairs Hospital through the VA: No veteran should have to experience something like this alone.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.