Healing Fields 2015

May 23, 2015


It was a great day in my opinion. The Chapter had set up the tent, people were coming by and I did a LOT of talking and enjoying the chatter with various folks. One thing caught our eye though, a young man in uniform with a young lady. He looked like he was on a mission. At first we didn't see the wreath, but one of our members did. Keith inquired and indeed the young man was a Army Specialist 4th Class. The young man didn't have much to say when I caught up with him. He was, you could tell - emotional and I knew better than to ask. I didn't get to see the wreath initially as I was trying to catch up to him and the young lady as they were walking away. I did find out he was 23, and I remarked that he looked like me when I was 19 as he sure didn't look 23. But he's already done tours in Iraq & Afghanistan.  When I got the chance, I went to look at the wreath - it just said Hero, a little plaque with 6 medals on it, one of them was the Purple Heart. I then read the card attached to the flag pole. Now I know the young man's name - SP4 Cody Hughes paying tribute to a friend KIA in Afghanistan Corporal Kim Lee.

Visit Us on Facebook, Click The Icon

May 23rd 2015


One of the MANY veterans we met and was an Airman in the USAF. Angela Benzy is fighting another battle which is fairly evident and a lot of us Vietnam Veterans are more than aware of - Cancer. Angela, I know all of us at Chapter 1089 wish you well. Angela served from 1990 to 1993 (3.5yrs), rank of E4. She joined when she saw college wasn't for her. After basic training she became a Base Photographer and served at the following locations.

  • Ellsworth AFB, SD
  • Oscan AFB, Korea
  • Nellis AFB, NV

May 23, 2015


Now this gentleman to the left is a prospective Chapter member. His name is John White. John was a machine gun door gunner on a helicopter and had been shot down three times. He has five Air Medals and at least one Purple Heart among other commendations. Looks pretty good for a 73yr old, doesn't he? 

May 23rd 2015

Photos of our Chapter tent setup and the Healing Field of Flags sent in by VVA Member Wayne McCormick

Two photo's below were taken by VVA Life Member Charles Dobbs, Below left is VP Eddie Lynch reading a paper and right photo on the far left standing up with head down is President Keith Rudlaff

VVA Life Member Wayne McCormick photo on the left and Associate Member Jacquelyn Rudaff's photo on the right