Friend sets up GoFundMe to help veteran after truck stolen

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Getting your car stolen can happen to anyone, but when an Army veteran got ripped off, one man knew he had to do something to help.

Daniel Gatsch’s truck was stolen from his northwest Albuquerque apartment complex in late April. 

He met Nick Layman through a veteran’s organization.

“Most of our vets, they come back. They’re not looking for a handout or a free ride. They’re just looking for a fair shake at it,” said Layman.

Upon hearing that Gatsch’s truck was stolen, Layman decided to help by setting up a GoFundMe Page.

Gatsch has four kids, and he’s starting a master’s program at the University of New Mexico to be an English teacher, but after the truck theft, “I’ve found myself in the embarrassing situation of hitting a financial roadblock, so to speak,” he said.

Gatsch served in the Army for six years.

“I deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007,” he said.

“It also ticks me off they’re stealing from potentially veterans in our community and trying to make it better,” Layman said.

“I am starting this campaign to get Daniel funds to secure a reliable and safe vehicle. This will allow him to get to school to finish his degree and his four kids to various activities,” Layman wrote on the fundraising page.

“I can’t really express how grateful I was,” Gatsch said of the GoFund me page set up by Layman.

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