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Veteran receives ramp after reaching out to Rescue Squad

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After struggling to get a wheelchair ramp installed at his home, a disabled veteran reached out to the TV5 Rescue Squad for help.

"Ecstatic! My husband needs it and I have trouble going up and down stairs too so it will be a blessing for both of us," Sue Niederstadt said.

Thanks to some generous community members and the TV5 Rescue Squad, Sue and Robert Niederstadt received the ramp they have been praying for.

Robert, who was a Naval Air Force pilot, uses a walker. Their stairs were making it very difficult for the couple to get inside their home.

"I'm just very thankful to all of the people that offered to donate money. There were many calls we have received," Sue said.

Numerous people offered to donate money after they saw the Niederstadts' story on TV5.

The UAW Local 668 in Saginaw teamed up with Local 706 Carpenters union to make sure the couple was taken care of.

"We help veterans and kids whenever we can. Those that have served us and done the things they've done for our country, it's an honor to be able to do it," said Harry Cripps, president of the UAW Local 668.

Although Robert is thankful, he said it's hard to watch.

"I mean, this is a God send to have all that done. All the workers here, they're volunteers. It's great. However, I wish I was doing it," he said.

Cripps said the community needs to do more to take care of our veterans.

"Get out and work with your community, get involved with veteran's organizations, children's organizations. There's all kinds of people out there that need our help," Cripps said.

Read the Niederstadts' original story below:

"There we are now in a position where our need list now has something on it." Sue Niederstadt said.

She said that need is a ramp so her husband, Robert Niederstadt, can get inside their home. She said over the winter Robert had a few serious falls and then developed a life threatening lung condition. She said he once fought for his country as a Naval Air Force pilot and now he fights just to get up the stairs. 

"We are just hoping that there is a group out there. A man's group, a church group, a builder, whatever," Sue said.

Robert is still recovering in the hospital, but Sue hopes their stairs can be turned into a ramp like her neighbor's. 

"Anyone who would be willing to build a ramp out there so that my husband will be able to get up and down it by himself," she said.

She said they are on a fixed income. They just had to replace their furnace and hot water heater over the winter. Now building a ramp is just out of their budget. She said she is praying for a hero.  

"A wonderful person, a blessing. I just hope that you are out there," Sue said.

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