LORAIN — Members of the Disabled American Veterans’ Lorain chapter spent Thursday taking veterans in need on shopping spree.
The chapter for the first time gave 20 veterans $125 to spend at Wal-mart in Lorain.
Willie Arnold, a Navy veteran from Elyria, said programs like this brighten his day.
“I appreciate it,” he said. “Somebody cared enough to say, ‘Here, let’s get you foul weather gear’— that’s what us Navy guys call it, foul weather gear.”
The Moving Wall Committee in Perry gave the local chapter $2,500 after Sam Felton, a highly decorated Vietnam vet and commander of the DAV, served as a keynote speaker there when the Moving Wall was on display.
The chairman of the Moving Wall Committee is Arnold Stanko, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and grew up in Lorain.
“These are my friends, and I wanted to give back,” Stanko said. “We had the Vietnam Wall in September with a lot of contributions and I try to divide it up to help veterans.”
NBZ Apparel, a company known for adaptive wear, was at the event to donate a pair of jeans and a pair of khakis to each veteran. William Herron, marketing director for NBZ, said the company helped support the Vietnam Wall in Perry and always is looking for ways to help more veterans.
“I was in the military, which is why all these things are passionate to me,” he said.
Ray Kershaw, the DAV adjutant and treasurer, said this is the first year the DAV hosted the shopping event. The organization contacted the Veterans Administration to see who was most in need.
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