Help a disabled Vet

John Ramsey is a 79 year old disabled vet about to be jailed for helping his wife.
Mark Lamber
Clover, South Carolina
United States
1 Team Member

John Ramsey is a 79 year old disabled vet about to be jailed for helping his wife.


My name is Mark and I am passionate about taking care of our vets.  Every month we hear about vets not being able to fly an American flag, or how the “system” seems to have forgotten them.  Now we get to hear of an abusive city enforcement agency trying to have one jailed.  And while I do not know him, I want to help him.

A veteran of the Korean war, with an extremely limited income and benefits, John refurbishes other peoples junk to sell to be able to make enough money to pay for his home and his wife’s medicine.   The “junk” he restores is neatly organized in his front yard.

John was convicted by the small rural town of Clover South Carolina of a misdemeanor of keeping “junk” in his yard.  He was ordered to clean it up or face 30 days in jail.  So he cleaned it up.  But the enforcement agent said it wasn’t good enough, and contempt charges were brought to court.  He was convicted of contempt and given two weeks to pay the fine of $500 or spend 30 days in jail.

John has an income of $898 in Social Security and Veterans benefits, and between paying for shelter, food and medicine for his wife, has no way to pay a fine.  He barely gets by on daily life with his utilities and other expenses in caring for his disabled wife.

His yard is neat and orderly now, and he keeps rocking horses and a miniature carousel on the lawn for kids to play on.  While there are still items for restoration in his yard, it appears that no neighbor has complained about any of this.  It seems only the Code Enforcement Officer cares about the situation, which he started to begin with.  John deserves a little better.

What we need

We are trying to raise $2,500 to help John with his legal situation, and to assist him in getting ahead just a little so that he and his wife will may have a chance to live in dignity and peace.

● John needs $500 for his fine, to stay out of jail so he can tend to his wife

● we would like to raise an additional $2,000 in cash to help them in their old age

● Once we meet the initial $500 contribution balance, we will pay the fine to the court

● All of of the funds will transferred to John and his wife, deducting only Indiegogo fees and the court fine.

● Our belief is that all vets have the right to spend their aging years without conflict

What you get

            ● The satisfaction of knowing you have helped a disabled Korean War vet with a random act of kindness

The Impact

Your donation will assist John and his wife in getting a little ahead in life, stop the legal problems and help ensure that they have a home and medications.  We are not trying to make this a windfall for them, just enough to help.  This will also assist Jonh's  Son to not have to worry about his father while he serves in in the armed forces in Afghanistan.  Your donation will help ensure that:

  • Johns wife will not worry about him being jailed
  • John will have a small reserve of cash for emergency and rainy day needs
  • A veteran will know that Americans have not forgotten them, and that we care.

Other Ways You Can Help

Please, let others know that an American is in need.  If you cannot give, the words of encouragement sent to this site will also be passed along to John.  And please, let others know that they may also share in this random act of kindness.

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Support for John is growing.  There are a number of people trying to assist him in legal and other ways.  But he still needs help.  We have reached nearly the halfway point for his fines.  Please, help us get over the mark!


raised by 13 people in 1 month
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$2,500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on October 22, 2012
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