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Letter to the Editor: Event raises awareness of homeless veterans

on March 09, 2014 1:59 AM

On Feb. 15, Mike Weaver and Team Red, White and Blue sponsored a sleep-out in front of the Indiana Walmart on Oakland Avenue. Mike, along with some of his Red, White and Blue members, planned to sleep out for 30 hours in cardboard boxes to raise awareness of homeless veterans.

That Saturday the Indiana VFW Post 1989 honor guard performed military honors for a deceased veteran at St. Bernard Cemetery.

Afterward, the honor guard was treated to lunch at the local Ponderosa restaurant.

While there, I asked to speak to the manager, a young woman by the name of Emily, and told her about Mike and his fellow members.

I wanted to know if Ponderosa could provide some hot soup and chicken for the sleep-out volunteers.

A short time later, Emily came back with four quarts of hot soup and two containers to hold chicken. I asked Emily if I could check out at the cashier, and she informed me that the food was on the house from Ponderosa. I thanked her and the honor guard members delivered the food to Mike and his fellow volunteers.

The Ponderosa restaurant is very veteran-friendly. Each year on Veterans Day they provide free meals to veterans during a certain time of daily operation.

Team Red, White and Blue was very appreciative receiving the food, and I especially want to thank the manager, Emily, for providing the food.

Walter F. Friday

quartermaster, Indiana VFW Post 1989

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