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Share the Season: Navy officer’s pay stretches thin after baby’s birth, wife’s surgeries

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at 7:53 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.

Share the Season is an annual campaign that offers one-time aid to people affected by unforeseen hardships. The people are not identified to protect their privacy.

This 32-year-old active-duty Navy officer said he “did everything right, planned the right way” for he and his wife’s child to be born 14 months ago.

Life was good.

But after his wife’s C-section, she had complications resulting in five surgeries in the past year, including a hysterectomy.

She has been unable to return to her job in health care, so the two have lived for the past 14 months on his military pay, which he said “isn’t much.”

They have had to deal with repossessed vehicles and payments as well as all the typical newborn child expenses, he said.

So, when Share the Season was able to provide some assistance with his utility and car payments, it helped relieve at least some of the stress, he said.

“We’re running down a path we’ve never gone before,” he said. “It’s been the worst year financially for us ever.”

So far, Share the Season has raised $186,912.

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202.

To donate online, go to www.sharetheseason.org.

Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

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