Silver Star Vietnam vet's home in disrepair as health fails

A man whose neighbors and friends call him a war hero could use help after falling on hard times. His home is in desperate need of repair and his health is failing.

William Leshow earned the Silver Star for his heroic actiosn in Vietnam but today, he's fighting a different battle: the one for his health.

"Sometimes it's hour to hour... I have my ups... I have my downs... I generally feel good when I'm sleeping... that's my best time," he said.

Leshow, a Marine who served during the Vietnam War and earned a Silver Star for heroic actions has fallen on hard times.

He's had health issues and has become too weak to maintain his home.

"When I get hungry I eat, when I get thirsty I drink. I take my medication on time. It takes up the whole day," Leshow said.

Richard Gamarra is a friend of Bill's and knew something was wrong.

"He was not feeling well and I could see he lost a lot of weight in a very short period of time.I was talking to him and asking him if he was feeling well and he said no not really," Gamarra said.

He's just getting along but his home needs more than that. There's hanging electrical wire, windows with no glass, ceiling with patchwork repairs, basement is in disrepair, plus the roof, fence, and siding all need attention.

His friends and neighbors estimate repairs to his roof, furnace, well, siding and other portions of his home may cost $20,000.

Corporate William Frances Leshow served the country admirably and was awarded a Silver Star for his actions during the bloody battle of Khe Sanh. He survived a six-hour firefight and kept battling, helped the wounded, and shot back at the enemy.

"It was not only my duty to serve my country,  but an honor. I love my country," he said.

Now it's time for the country to serve him. 

His friends and family set up a YouCaring account to raise funds in hopes that someone can help. CLICK HERE to donate.

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