Vets' wishes granted in Coatesville

November 9, 2010 4:42:36 PM PST
Some local veterans can scratch items off of their wish lists thanks to JROTC cadets and corporate partners in Chester County.

All week long residents of the Coatesville VA Medical Center are being honored for service to their nation. After a luncheon today, they received special banners of love they can hang in their rooms.

They were a labor of love from Girl Scout Juliana Frederick

"Many people helped with the project, not just me, I created the project, but it's the love of so many other people that has come to make these 160 banners for the veterans," Frederick said.

A few weeks ago the vets were asked to make a wish for something they'd like to have. The requests weren't extravagant, but they were special just the same, and today, over 120 wishes were granted through the Twilight Wish Foundation and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Veteran William Mitchell asked for a Bible with large print.

Vet Ron Wulterkens received a t-shirt and a pair of sweatpants.

Vet Joseph Herron got an Eagles hat and shirt.

Speaking of the Eagles, the team sent representatives to be part of the festivities, including former great Bill Bergey.

Part of the money for granting the wishes was raised by members of the Junior ROTC from various Philadelphia schools. Each one was proud to take part.

"I feel great to be here. I feel honored to be here amongst heroes of America," Charlie Mills of the JROTC said.

The many wishes granted brought many smiles to faces of these vets; you could call it a small token of appreciation for their service to our country.


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