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This WWII veteran was swindled out of his savings. Community steps up to help.

hearing aid close-up (mike krzeszak/Flickr)

World War II veteran Floyd Smith received a special gift Wednesday.

Beltone Hearing Care Center in northeast Fresno presented the 92-year-old with a free hearing aid after learning Smith was swindled out of his savings last year. Smith previously said he loaned $10,000 to an acquaintance who never paid him back.

The thoughtful donation has gone a long way in improving the veteran’s hearing and morale.

Smith on Wednesday called it a blessing.

He said his old hearing aid repeatedly fell out of his ears and broke, and that now he can hear “perfectly clear.”

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“You lovely people are helping me,” Smith told Beltone staff.

Others who heard about Smith’s drained savings raised money for the veteran, presenting him with a check last year for more than what he lost.

Beltone Hearing Care Center received an Amaze hearing aid to give to a deserving community member in recognition for the Fresno business being chosen by Beltone headquarters as the regional winner of a food drive. Beltone Central California has six offices, stretching from Sonora to Visalia.

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