Family of disabled veteran living on the street finally gets help

(Photo: KCPQ-TV)

(Photo: KCPQ-TV)

EVERETT — A disabled veteran, his wife and three small children are thanking the community for caring.

Eric Wells is proud to be a veteran who served our country for 15 years. He traveled the world before landing in Everet..

“It’s a very hard life, you never know what comes, you live day by day and it’s just hard on the kids,” Wells said.

They keep everything they own in a shopping cart.

(Photo: KCPQ-TV)

(Photo: KCPQ-TV)

“I worry about the safety of my kids, where are we going day by day, what are we gonna do, what are we gonna eat?” he said.

The family gets by on food stamps and donations.

Wells said he lost his job a few years ago and was evicted from his home after he couldn’t pay the rent. He hasn’t been able to find work in years and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and knee and back problems.

When he applies for housing, Wells says he is denied because of the eviction on his record.

“I just try to find a shady area and I try to stay out of people’s way,” Wells said.

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(Facebook photo)

Out of the way but not invisible. The family caught the attention of a woman driving back who snapped a photo and posted it on Facebook. Dozens of people wanted to help.

Daniel Roehl comes to check on the family every day.

“No little girl should be living on the street,” Roehl said. “They don’t have the means to do what everybody else is able to do and it’s kind of nice seeing the community step up and help them out in that aspect.”

The community is so determined to help the Wells family that an online fundraiser was started.

“Hopefully it can get better soon — I hope it does,” Wells said.

This is when the story gets better.

During an interview with Q13 FOX News, the family received word that they are finally being placed in temporary housing.

“I’m really thankful for that,” said wife Nicole Wells. “I really appreciate everything that people do.”family-fundraising-page

The fundraising page posted by the community has raised more than $900.

The goal — $10,000 — to help a veteran and his family who have been through so much.

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7 comments

  • Tracee Johnson

    Where is the Veteran’s Administration? Shouldn’t they be taking care of this? This literally leaves me sick to my stomach. Quit asking the public to support this family, and make the military take care of its own!!!

  • tracy

    So sad.. my heart just aches for this family. . Why is the state and government and the president allowing this to happen?.. they seem so in need of help.. and football players make millions. . What is wrong here?.. please everyone. . Please help them…

  • Joe

    Veterans, national security, prosperity, sovereignty, peace for Christians and Jews in the Middle East, liberty and freedom are on Obama’s back burner. Oh by the way every time the Democrats under Obama get what they want, demise is the product.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I feel for the family, but I saw this family on Hwy 99 a week or so ago and almost called the cops on him. He was being verbally abusive to all the children and his wife, using expletives that could be heard from a street away. I was pumping gas, and I overheard a couple other patrons at the station making comments about it as well. Thanks for your service, but that does NOT give you the right to abuse your family.

  • RW

    If he really is disabled then he gets benefits. The VA does a great job of taking care of veterans but the veteran has to go get help at the VA. The VA doesn’t roam the streets looking for them. Is there any proof that this person is a disabled veteran? Sorry but I don’t take anyone’s word for it.

  • walt

    im sorry but, this smells of plain laziness. Im a 27 year veteran and When I retired in 1979 I could not find a decent job within 20 miles of where I lived so I went looking else where and found work. I lived in a cheap apartment on week days and went home week ends to be with my family. work in 1980 was hard to find work everybody was going out of business