Donations through Patriot Guard helping local veteran in need

World War II veteran Herbert Harker has been on dialysis for years. His daughter Robin Johnson cares for him and takes him to Genesis East for treatment three times a week.

Their van that would lift him into the back with the electronic wheelchair broke down a month ago, leaving Johnson to lift him into their older car herself.

“It’s difficult, but you know what, I have to do it,” said Johnson. “Because it’s for my Dad, and I’ll do anything for my Dad.”

“It puts her to work. She has to push me [and] when you push two hundred and fifty pounds around all the time, it ain’t easy. I admire her for that,” said Harker.

The Patriot Guard has already collected $1,200 in donations from members to buy the motor, but they still need another $1,500 to pay for labor.

“We don’t have that kind of money,” said Johnson. “I’m besides myself, I don’t know what to do.”

To donate money or help the Patriot Guard with this cause in any way, you can contact Senior Ride Captain, Eric Swanson, at 563-676-7145.

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