Tuskegee Airman Receives Donation

In September, WTOC first brought you the story of a Tuskegee Airman who's caretaker robbed him of more than $25,000. Even though police arrested 50 year old Deborah Mosely, James Wright is still trying to recover from his losses.

Wright was among the first African Americans to ever take to the skies. He and his fellow Tuskegee Airmen paved the way for others to follow. Now, a new generation with the United States Air Force wants to do what they can to help him. Technical Sergeant Rolton Lovette and his classmates at the Air Force Academy collected $600 for him.

"He did do so much for the Air Force in the way of making it the super power that it is today, so I went back to the academy and expressed my concern to my classmates, they were all willing to chip in and do what we could to make sure we honored him with that donation," said Lovette.

The donation will help the former WWII fighter pilot recover from his financial losses. Even though the woman he entrusted his life with is now behind bars, it was horrifying experience this 82 year old and his family are still trying to overcome.

"It's kind of sad that somebody you would entrust to take care of your senior citizen would scam them and take advantage of them. It's not the right thing to do," said Lovette. To help make things right, the Airmen who now follow in the footsteps of James Wright wanted to let him know how much they honor and respect him. "He set the tone for the rest of us and we have to follow."

While Wright may never recover all he's lost, he does find comfort in knowing that there are still people who care. He says he's doing well and wants to thank everyone for their generosity. He has yet to recover any of the money that was taken from him.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com