Saturday, December 13, 2014

Utica Contractors Team Up for Disabled Vietnam Veteran

Volunteers band together to help local veteran
By WKTV News
Story Created: Dec 12, 2014

(WKTV) - It was a chilly day to be working outside Friday, but that's what about a dozen local contractors did all day long -- and they're donating their services.

They are teaming up to make a local veteran's life more comfortable. The man who lives in a home on Kirkland Avenue in Clinton is 68-year-old Richard Koury, a Clinton native. Koury served in Vietnam as a Marine in 1965 and 1966.

He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as health problems related to Agent Orange and napalm, but still worked for years at Kelsey Hayes in Utica, not taking any government help at all.

Recently, he suffered two strokes and is confined to either his hospital bed or his wheelchair in one room of his home, which is not very handicapped accessible.
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