Sep 25, 2012

Veterans helping veterans

The Brainerd Disabled American Veterans (DAV), beneficiary of $3,000 from VFW Post 1816 in Garrison, recently presented a check for the same amount to the Central Lakes College (CLC) Veterans Resource Center (VRC). “We at Central Lakes College sincerely appreciate the tremendous amount of community support, donations and assistance we receive,” said Kathy Marshik, VRC director. “This has changed the lives of our veterans, current military members and dependents who attend college in Brainerd. We have been able to assist veterans in the community as well, with gas cards, food cards, guidance and resources we could not have provided without your help.” Veterans organization representative Steve Rosenow and Kathy Marshik are shown with the check. Others at the presentation were Jonathan Nieman, student veteran; Bill Wroolie of the Brainerd Purple Heart Association of the DAV; and Pam Thomsen, CLC director of resource development and CLC Foundation.

The following have also donated to the VRC:

Brainerd Purple Heart, Randall VFW, Brainerd VFW, Brainerd American Legion, Brainerd Purple Heart Auxiliary, Little Falls American Legion, Royalton American Legion, CLC Student Senate.

Through the Harvest Food Program, the following restaurants donate weekly to the VRC:

Caribou Coffee, Pizza Hut, Olive Garden.

“These generous donations have put food on tables for families and a free lunch every day for veterans, dependents and service members,” said Marshik.

“There are many more entities that have contributed in various ways,” she said. “Most commonly it’s veterans helping veterans, which is truly heartwarming. The amount of support today’s generation of veterans, service members and families have is amazing, almost overwhelming. This would never have happened without the push from generations of veterans.”