Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Vans for Vets)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
This weekend, the nation stopped to remember the day that changed our lives forever.
We asked our community to "do something" to serve those who have sacrificed for us.
And you did; $32,409 to date

Ten year old memories, as fresh as if they were yesterday.    
Gene Brown, Leasing;  "We're out there in Ellyson Industrial Park and the Signal Battalion is out there and every time they came in from Iraq and back out, we always tried to make them feel special."
The call to serve, heeded with a sense of urgency.  They had heard the stories of the aging vans that were transporting veterans for medical care at the VA hospital in Biloxi. 
200,000 plus miles on each van.
This community would say,  not good enough for a nation's heroes.

Each donation was a statement

My husband served for 25 years.  He lost his fight with cancer last year so I do what I can.
Some very personal ...

Dennis Neal, World Ford;  "I would like to present, excuse me, this check for a thousand dollars to Joe."
Almost everyone had a story.
In  honor of all the service men.  While he was fighting the enemy, I was running from the enemy.  In Europe, in Greece.
Dozens of volunteers came to help with the collections.
Proud Marines, standing for their comrades who can't. 
The veterans, some with only a cane holding them up, stood the entire day.
The wave of a hand would speak for others.
The givers came for a single reason.

Liz Crystal, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 340;  "We just do it for our veterans.
Wilson Robertson, Escambia County Commissioner;  I know this van is going to be great, much needed.  And I'm just glad to be a part of it."
The children reminded us that the future is in good hands.
Some too young to remember that fateful day 10 years ago, have still been touched.

Austin White, Civil Air Patrol;  "I've always been interested in the military.  I've been wanting to help out for a while.  So I decided to come down here and donate some money to help them out."
The resolve to show our strength, our unity, our commitment to purpose as strong as it was a decade ago.

Sandy Sansing, Donating to Van for Vets;  "These men and women have given everything and it's a way that we can help them in this time of their life.  So, to finish strong, I brought my family's personal check for $2,000 I want to add to help buy us a van."
By the appointed hour, the money had been raised to buy a new van for the Disabled American Veterans.  

A grateful community accomplished its mission, to remember "and" to serve.
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