Former Marines Aid Needy Veteran


Bob Maupin, a former Marine and owner of a trailer in Pineview Trailer Park in Star Valley, decided to relocate to another home in a nearby park. Having no need for two residences, Maupin decided to donate his trailer to a veteran in need.

Nearly the same time, former mayor and Marine Ray Schum was talking to another veteran, Roger Ballard, who is suffering from arterial lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) and having a difficult time affording housing. ALS, a terminal disease, paralyzes the muscles, leaving its victims disabled. For Ballard, the muscles in his throat is where he has been affected, so he must communicate by typing into a small machine.

"I asked him how he was doing," Schum said. "He said he (was) having a tough time because he makes $850 on disability and his rent was $500 a month. It, of course, occurred to me that he would be a perfect candidate for (the donated trailer)."

Jerry Meyers, a member with Schum in the local Marine League Detachment, and the manager of two trailer parks, also alerted Bill Sahno who helped facilitate the transfer of the trailer to Ballard.

On Thursday, April 9, Maupin and members of the Marine Corps League presented Ballard with the deed to his new home.

Sahno hopes that in the years to come, the trailer will remain a potential home for a veteran in need.

"Roger has told me that when the time comes that he is no longer occupying the trailer he wants to give it to another deserving Marine."

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