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Combat veteran’s home completely Destroyed in fire

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My name is James Golub and I had served in the US ARMY from 1999 – 2003 and IRR until 2007 with honorable discharge.

I served as a 39B at the time which was depot level repair of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter amongst all of the other wonderful jobs they gave us.  My first duty station was with 2nd Infantry Division attached to Camp Eagle in Wonju South Korea where I had been during the 9/11 tragedy.

After my tour I returned to the US and was stationed at Ft. Campbell Kentucky with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division.  If you have never heard of them, they are basically the best unit to have ever touched the battlefield.  From there I was deployed with the main push of Shock & Awe at the very beginning of OEF/OIF and had been stationed in Kuwait and relocated all the way into Northern Iraq as we rushed through the country.

After my service period ended I had held a variety of jobs and attained a degree, yet was nomadic and unsettled.  After about 15 years after the deployment I had settled in Joshua Tree California, feeling comfortable and stable, attained a general contractors license, and had built an amazing custom trailer home which had recently burned down 7 months after I moved in with every item that I owned inside.

The evening of the fire I was returning from a job site where I could see black smoke about 15 miles away.  As I was on the phone with one of my coworkers, I slowly realized that it was not my neighbors place that burned, but was my place burning to the ground.  When I arrived, the fire department had already taken down the burning walls and had put the majority of the flames out.

Nothing was left except for one sword that I received in Niger Africa while working with an NGO in 2015 teaching Tuareg nomads how to build shelter with sandbags and barbed wire.  Otherwise, everything was gone and it is hard even now to fathom the depth of the loss.

My cousin tells me (roughly) to relax into a year of pain.  As my drill sergeant used to say, “Suck it up and drive on.” Easy to say and I am trained to do it yet the burden is one that even war cannot compare.  Any assistance is appreciated.

Clean-up costs, clothing donations, kitchen utensil donations, all are welcome.  I have no idea what I need and it seems like realizations come through in the moment so I cannot really determine what else I would need.

Thank You,

SPC James Golub
Aco. 8-101st AVN REG




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