|Fundraiser planned for Stephenson family |
|Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 8:01 pm |
|A fundraiser for the David Stephenson family will be held 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Jones-Walker VFW Post 4862 in Union City. |
Union City police investigator Chris Cummings is coordinating the event.
Cummings, a 20-year veteran of service in the Tennessee National Guard, is also a veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq. He is a sergeant first class assigned to the 194th Engineer Company based in Jackson.
“We’ll have a country western band, a raffle and an auction. We are trying to raise funds for David and Kellie and their family to help offset expenses incurred as a result of a stroke he suffered on May 1,” Cummings said. “Also, their house in Union City will have to be wheelchair accessible, so there’s that expense. We already have several items to be auctioned. We hope to get more as the word gets out.”
Cummings said Vietnam veterans are his personal favorites because they went and served in an unpopular war and got no thanks when they came home.
“They fought a war that I cannot even imagine from my two tours in Iraq,” he said. “They did it, and did it heroically. When they came back, nobody wanted to hear their stories or anything about the war. They just wanted them to go away.
“These men loved their country. They went and did their duty and everything they were expected to do. They still loved their country even when the country turned its back on them.
“This is for David, yes, but also for every other Vietnam vet. David went and he was an absolute true life war hero. Yet nobody knew it. I’ve known him 15 years and I didn’t know all this about him until just recently,” he said. “It’s time our country said thank you, thank you and welcome home to our Vietnam veterans.”
Items to auction as well as cash donations are welcome, he added. An account has been set up at First Citizens National Bank in Stephenson’s name to receive cash donations. Cummings may be reached at (731) 223-1019.
Published in The Messenger 5.17.10