Monday, November 14, 2016

Iraq Veteran Honored At Healing Field on Veterans Day

Veterans celebrated at healing field, as one of their own is awarded a special gift
Kokomo Tribune
By Cara Ball
Nov 12, 2016
Kelly Lefferty Gerber Kokomo Tribune
Skydivers drop from a plane over Vietnam Veteran grounds during Howard County Vietnam Veteran Organization's Vetgerans Day celebration November 11, 2016
GREENTOWN - To commemorate Veterans Day, the healing field at the Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization welcomed service men and women to fellowship and support one of their own.

“Jesse is a veteran who has had two tours in Iraq and he has been in and out of the hospital,” said Chuck Simons, President of the Howard County Vietnam Veterans Association.

He’s not been able to work. He purchased a house about five years ago and he had three payments to make on it, and because of his inability to work and his sickness, Marco’s has stepped up and said we will take care of it.”

The veteran Simons is referring to is Jesse Miller, a nine-year veteran of the army, and the company that stepped in to help is the national pizza chain, Marco’s Pizza.

Miller was presented a check, cleverly disguised in a pizza box, of $1,250 to assist him in paying off his mortgage.

Janelle Lucas, franchise owner of Marco’s Pizza in Kokomo and a veteran herself, said presenting Miller with this check was an emotional moment for her.

“This is something, being a veteran myself, means a lot to me,” Lucas said. “And to support veterans, and especially those that have been wounded… it just feels good to be able to give.”
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