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Help vet go to wheelchair games event

My brother, Ray Cuevas, graduated from Sterling High School and then entered the U.S. Marine Corps. Ray has been wheelchair bound for several years, but this hasn’t stopped him from being active in veterans activities since his retirement.

As you read his email below, I hope you remember him and help him attend this year’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games. You can send donations to his address, or if you have any questions, please contact me at 815-535-7899.

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Hello and salutations, family and close friends:

I have given much thought about going to this year’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games. I’ve been asked by my fellow Arizona teammates to come with them and defend my gold medals. This would give me the opportunity to set a new record for the javelin, which I’ve held for 3 years. I believe I’m up to the challenge.

I believe I’m capable of at least one more try at the games, and with the help of God and everyone’s support, both mentally and hopefully financially, I’ll be able to return this year. 

I lack the funds to cover the costs, which are approximately $4,500. The major portion is hotel and meals while at the games. You’d think as veterans, we’d get a discount – not. I was unable to put any volunteer hours in as I did in the past, so the complete cost is mine. 

The games are being held in Tampa, Fla. This will be my first time in Florida and possibly my only chance. Next year, they’re being held in Puerto Rico; don’t count on me making it. 

I’m in desperate need of any and all donations; big or small, they will all help. In advance, thank you. My address is Ray Cuevas, P.O. Box 32697, Tucson, AZ 85715.

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