TUSCOLA, Texas (KTAB) – After serving more than a decade for the United States Air Force, a local Vietnam veteran has faced countless health problems since his discharge. Now he is facing a problem with his home.
Johnny Ford Senior traveled the world and fought in Vietnam but in his twelfth year of service he was injured, getting him discharged from the Air Force.
“I was kicked off the back of a truck and I hung upside down and I got up the next morning and I couldn’t walk,” Ford said.
While his time in the service wasn’t easy, Ford said coming home was the true test.
“We wasn’t treated very good. We was called baby killers. I got off the airplane in Amarillo and they had people with signs and they spit on us,” Ford said.
That wasn’t the only problem Ford faced. He has countless health problems linked to his time in the service.
“It’s not just the money situation. It’s the care,” Ford said.
Now, he is facing a new problem. His septic system is broken and while he gets disability, that only lasts so long.
“When you pay a house payment and electric and buy food, it’s gone. That’s why I need help,” Ford said.
Ford said it’s past the point of getting fixed and a new one will cost up to $14,000. If he can’t raise the money, he will have to move.
“I’m just exhausted. I’ve tried everything in the world. I love it here,” Ford said.
To help Ford get a new septic system you can donate here.