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Volunteer Vets Encounter Puerto Ricans Waiting For First Contact: ‘It’s Like They Forgot About Us Up Here’

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Volunteer Vets Encounter Puerto Ricans Waiting For First Contact: ‘It’s Like They Forgot About Us Up Here’





A self-funded group of U.S. Veterans has been delivering food and water to desperate Puerto Ricans following Hurricane Maria’s landfall nearly three weeks ago.

Jason Maddy, a former Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army and leader of the PR GruntRescue team, has been sharing Facebook videos documenting his encounters with Puerto Ricans who say they have not seen a single FEMA or government worker since the storm struck the island.

In one encounter, Maddy meets a woman named Stacy who had moved from Tennessee two and a half years ago to live with her husband in the mountain village of Añasco, Puerto Rico.

“This is my first hurricane and these guys right here are the first people that have been up here to help us,” Stacy tells Maddy. “Some of the people in town have had help from FEMA and the Red Cross but it’s like they forgot about us up here.”

She added: “We had I don’t know how many landslides…The storm was one thing, but the aftermath and the last three weeks have been terrible. We don’t have water or lights and don’t expect to for at least 6 months.”




On Sunday, Maddy and his group of volunteers filed an urgent message pleading with FEMA and other governemnt officials to “cut the red tape” that is preventing the flow of aid to the rural mountain areas.

Watch Maddy and his team of Veterans distribute water and food to local residents:

If you would like to donate to the PR GruntRescue team’s hurricane relief fund, visit their contribution page here.

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