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Community comes together to help veteran

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Our Yuma community comes together once again.

This time to help one local veteran, physically unable to put up his Christmas lights.

Disabled veteran, Tim Segrest was not able to put up his own Christmas lights this year so the American STARH foundation was able to get the community to come together and give him a helping hand. 

Tim Segrest served our country as a special forces sniper for 20 years. 

Unfortunately, he has been suffering with back issues since his time in the service, causing him to be unable to put up Christmas decorations. 

“Jumping out of airplanes and doing what we used to do as snipers, tore my body up,” said Segrest.

But the American STARH foundation was able to help. 

“It’s really nice. I’m very happy that they’re doing this for me because without them I wouldn’t have any Christmas lights up. I can’t do the ladder and I tried several years ago and fell off, so no ladders for me,” said Segrest.

Thanks to the foundation, over a dozen Yuma locals came out to help ring in the holiday season.

“So today I got a call that there was a disabled veteran and he was unable to put decorations on his house. We felt the need to just jump right on this and say sure!” said Blade Anthony, American STARH foundation founder.

Segrest says it made his time serving in the army and sacrificing his life for our country, that much more worth it.

“You’re a fellow veteran, and you served our country, the least we could do is help him to decorate his house and afford him a little holiday cheer,” said Anthony

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Samantha Byrd

Samantha Byrd joined the KYMA team as a reporter in February 2022.

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