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All-day telethon raises money for Wounded Veterans Relief Fund

Organization provides assistance to disabled veterans
Wounded Veterans Relief Fund
Posted at 4:00 AM, Nov 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-11 20:49:37-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — WPTV has partnered with the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund on this Veterans Day for a very special cause.

The Wounded Veterans Relief Fund is a nonprofit organization with a mission to save lives and keep families together.

It offers assistance to disabled veterans throughout Florida.

The Wounded Veterans Relief Fund provides housing assistance, utilities assistance and financial help with emergency car repairs and car payments.

An all-day telethon took place Thursday to help raise money for the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund.

WPTV shared several heartfelt stories about struggling veterans who found solace in their lives courtesy of the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund.

Through the organization's dental assistance program, a Marine was finally able to stand down after a decade-long battle to fix his teeth.

Dr. Randall Rodriguez-Torres, owner of USA Dental in Port St. Lucie, answered the call to discount Chaz Chase's services.

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"When we're able to take someone who absolutely has no hope, somebody who bravely served our country and now feels like in the bottom of the barrel, and we can help change their lives, for us, it's easy," Rodriguez-Torres said.

Rodriguez-Torres has helped nine veterans so far, and he has no plans of stopping.

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"It was actually a dream of mine to develop a program very similar to theirs in the future," Rodriguez-Torres said.

The Wounded Veterans Relief Fund also helped Army veteran Teyonna Cashaw, a mother of six who lived out of her car for a time and nearly died a few months ago, having to be hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 while pregnant.

"I love happy endings, but I don't get them," Cashaw said.

That was until the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund came along.

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"Every day we fight for our veterans and we change their lives in a very positive way, and that's my goal for all of Florida," Mike Durkee, executive director of the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund, told WPTV.

PNC Bank has already agreed to contribute a matching donation of up to $15,000.

Click here for more information about how your donation can help the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund.