The Treasure Coast community is coming together to help a local Vietnam Veteran who watched his life's savings burn up in the Indian River Lagoon this week.
Tony Veasey says he bought a used 41 foot Hatteras just two months ago so he could spend time with his six grandchildren on the water.
The boat caught on fire , and is being considered a complete loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Veasey says he used all of his retirement savings to purchase the boat, but hadn't secured any insurance.
The Argus Companies, based in Stuart, has offered to spearhead fundraising efforts to help Veasey replace his boat. The company is in the process of becoming a 501(c)3 so that it can legally collect donations to give to Veasey.
CEO Jon Snyder says 100% donations will go to Veasey. They will also pay for an inspection for his next boat and help with insurance.
Snyder says he feels compelled to help someone who has served the country and simply wanted a way to enjoy spending time with family.
He's also the founder of the company's philanthropy, Argus "Warriors 2 Work" Foundation, which was created to help veterans.
Donations, preferably checks, can be mailed to The Argus Companies' Stuart location at 900 S. Federal Highway Suite #310 Stuart, Fl 34994.
Checks should be made out to "The Argus Companies FBO Tony Veasey."
The Osceola Cafe has also set up a cash donation bucket that will be given to The Argus Companies to add to their collections.
Snyder says when enough money is raised, donors will be invited to a cook out where he hopes they will be able to meet Veasey.