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      Hearing aid gives Valley veteran a new lease on life

      Raul is a World War II veteran

      A World War II veteran who lost his wife and their home in a fire is getting a new hearing aid.

      An anonymous donor purchased one for Raul Vera after learning how the 89-year-old's was destroyed earlier this month in the blaze.

      The fire on Vermont Street in Mercedes was started by lightning.

      His wife died at a San Sntonio hospital from burns she sustained.

      Raul told Action 4 News that life hasn't been the same and communicating has been nearly impossible since he's partially deaf.

      "I can tell if I can see you, I can get one or two words and I know what you're trying to tell me but besides that if a head's turned, I just hear mumbling, Vera said. The Hearing Aid Company in La Feria off Expressway 83 is assisting with the vet's device.

      The person who paid for it did not want to be identified.

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