Venita's Story - Venita and her Firefighter HusbandVenita’s beloved husband passed away in 1984. But it was not until recently that the 103-year-old firefighters widow and her caregivers realized she was eligible for medical and financial assistance from the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.

“We are helping her with her health insurance; she’s getting [additional] dollars each month; and we tore down a substandard structure on her side yard. We eventually want to build her another garage,” said Secretary Andy Kuljis.

Venita has lived in the same home for decades. Over the past few years, she realized her house needed some love and renovating, but with her age, it was hard to financially and physically hire a contractor to take care of it. With the help of Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, firefighters volunteered their time and labor to demolish the garage that had become an eyesore in her neighborhood — free of charge.

The charity’s mission is to care for the families of fallen and injured firefighters, such as Venita. With rising health care costs and personal expenses, it can be difficult for seniors or other families to support themselves when they have lost a spouse in service.

Help people like Venita by donating online today.