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Oregon WWII Veteran and Longtime Missionary Needs Our Help

December 28, 2015

William (Bill) Baskett is a 94 year old veteran and Christian missionary who is in imminent danger of losing his housing. He needs your help.
Bill and his wife Daisy moved into a residential care facility earlier this year. However, soon after they moved in, the care facility began eviction proceedings because the facility said that Bill and Daisy required more care than it could provide. Daisy passed away after the eviction case began. Bill has suffered several strokes, cannot communicate well and is now confined to his wheelchair.

A constituent of mine here in Keizer told me about Mr. Baskett and asked if I’d help and I quickly agreed.  Here is some more information:

Bill Baskett is from Salem, but is in Mt. Angel currently, at the Mt. Angel Towers care facility. The latest he will be able to stay there, by court order, is February 15, 2016.  The family needs the funds to move him to a new place or to keep him at Mt. Angel Towers as long as possible, but the family has no social media skill in promoting this.

He’s A Member of “The Greatest Generation”


His son is a retired Salem PD mechanic son, Don Baskett. Don has a son, who is a corporal at Salem PD, Mike Baskett.

Given his age, most or all of his missionary work pre-dated the internet so there isn’t much record. However, here, Bill and his late wife Daisy are listed as supported missionaries of a church in Fresno http://www.riverpark.org/ministries/outreach/missions/. He went to First Baptist Church in Salem until he had a stroke about 10 years ago. Don Baskett still goes to First Baptist.

Bill receives about $2,000 per month from Mission Ministries in California, but Bill’s care at Mt. Angel costs around $5,000. His social security, is about a thousand. The VA also has started to make some payments, but his care costs will go up significantly when he is moved to a higher care place (likely a nursing home).  I hope the VA can come through and I have put the family in contact with Congressman Kurt Schrader’s VA caseworker to try to speed up the process.

Here is the Go Fund Me account that’s been set up for Mr. Baskett.  I know there’s a lot of people asking for money from you right now, but would you consider helping this true American hero who is also a hero of the faith?


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