07/01/2011 03:43 pm ET | Updated Aug 31, 2011

Military Family Gets Help Paying Mounting Medical Bills (VIDEO)

Erik Packard endured two tours in Iraq, but he says they were nothing compared to the night he spent wondering if his son, Ronan would survive.

Ronan was born with a hole in his diaphragm. He had to have emergency surgery seven months ago. The procedure was successful, but Ronan's doctors visits and other medical expenses left his family with burgeoning debt.

That's when the Rosemount, Minn. VFW, the Yellow Ribbon Campaign and friends began donating a monthly mortgage to the family.

"Without the support we got, we would have lost our house," Packard said.


Fundraisers to Help Military Family Struggling with Medical Bills:

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