Vets to DC plans 11th trip

To the Editor:

An 11th trip to our nation’s capitol for veteran’s, is scheduled on Sept. 18, 19 and 20. This excursion to Washington, D.C. and a “ once in a life time journey,” will be free of charge to any World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans that have not previously visited their respected memorial. The event is organized to acknowledge and honor those individuals that gave a portion of their life’s early years; serving in various parts of the world and often in adverse conditions, for the noble cause of freedom.

An itinerary for these honored veterans will include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and other places of commemoration, Including the Marine Corps (Iwo Jima), U.S. Air Force, Navy, Wounded-Warrior, Korean, Vietnam, WWII memorials. A contingent of family members, volunteers and medical providers, will assist the veterans with their individual needs. Each caregiver, volunteer, and medical provider will assume their own expenses associated with this venture.

Applications are available at or may be secured at the Sidney VFW Post 4239, the Sidney American Legion Post 217,AMVETS, or the Shelby County Veterans Service Office.

Donations and financial support from individuals, businesses, foundations, etc. are encouraged to support one, two or more of our Shelby County Veterans at a cost of $355 each. Provisions are also available for individual families to sponsor a veteran and thereby acknowledge a family member, who has given the ultimate sacrifice. Checks may be made payable to the Shelby County Veterans to DC, in care of VFW Post 4239 and the tax-deductible donation mailed to Veterans to Washington, D.C., P.O. box 408, Anna, OH 45302-0408.

As a member of our great Shelby County community, I urge your support and trust you will exercise this opportunity to both honor and appreciate those who have given so much that we may continue as a free, secure and proud Nation!

Roger L. Lentz, member

Vets to D.C. Committee