The Wounded Warrior Banquet kicked off before a packed house at the Walker County Fairgrounds Thursday night . . . .
That was local singing talent John Sheptock. The purpose of the event was to raise funds for support for returning wounded veterans at the Warrior and Family Support Center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
The keynote speaker was Colonel David Sutherland, an Army veteran of 29 years, and currently the Executive Director for the Center for Military and Veteran Community Services.
Colonel Sutherland gave a moving and personal presentation of the dedicated and brave actions of our military men and women who had seen action in the service of their country. It was full of so many personal references that he would not allow recording. The primary focus of his talk was on returning servicemen and their difficulty in returning to civilian life. He talked about the high rate of post traumtic stress syndrome among returning military personnel and the increased number of suicides in the military. He said they weren’t always receiving the mental health help they needed.
A viewpoint he quoted, best sums it up for returning servicemen–“I’m a veteran, not a victim. I need a hand up, not a hand out.”
Retired U-S Army officer and Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Bruce Crandall also spoke . . . .
The late Lt. Colonel Ray Tisdale and his family, and “Gold Star Mothers,” were also honored. A check was also presented by Able Ammo and their customers for a total of $40,000 dollars to be utilized by Wounded Warriors and similar charities.