On May 23, Marine veteran Charlie Hatritch returned to his residence after a trip to the grocery store only to discover his Eden, Georgia, home was engulfed in flames.
Almost all of his belongings were destroyed except for his American flag, which hung outside his home, WTOC reports. The flag was recovered by firefighters with the Effingham and Meldrim Fire Departments, none of whom were aware that Hatritch served in the Vietnam War.
Hatritch, who lived with his girlfriend, is reportedly trying to stay optimistic despit having lost most of his worldly possessions. He’s staying with his son and neighbor, Dillon, but Team Savannah for Veterans has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Hatritch. So far, they’ve raised $675.
“As a Vietnam veteran, he was not welcomed back to the states very nicely. Let's stand up and show Charlie that America is different and welcome him to a new home,” the fundraising page reads.
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The cause of the fire is unknown, but Hatritch’s family told WTOC that they believe the blaze was caused by an electrical malfunction of some kind.
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