“It’s something special when you can help another Marine.”


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) – Memorial Day is associated with many people thanking veterans for their service.

“D” Shannon comes from a military family with four generations serving their country, his grandfather, father, him, and now his son.

Shannon’s father made the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War. “He left for Vietnam on my 4th Birthday. He was shot down and killed within five days of being in country.”

The Shannon family is about putting others before themselves, but now they need the help. In the course of 10 days, Shannon, his wife, and son all ended up in the ER with different emergencies, racking up high medical expenses.

They recently decided to move back closer to family in Lynchburg.

“Without having those sorts of connections it’s a very lonely feeling when you’re going through this kind of revolving door of medicine and bills,” he said. “You’re not at your best to deal with it.”

Shannon said the healthshare plan for his wife and son hasn’t offered a penny during this ordeal, forcing them to create a GoFundMe for expenses.

“The only thing that made me do it was Beth was ready to take her engagement ring that I gave her to a pawn shop. I couldn’t let that happen.”

Jaysn Schaner, who never met Shannon before the move, helped the family move their lives from Texas to the Hill City. “It’s hard to do,” said Schaner. “It’s hard to accept but everyone needs help once in awhile.”

Schaner, a Marine veteran and real estate agent with Homes for Heroes, is helping to find a house for the Shannon family.

“Always supposed to lend a helping hand, but it’s something special when you can help another Marine,” he said.

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