Veterans Support Assoc. delivers gifts to veterans at Southfork River Therapy & Living

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Veterans Support Association recently presented veterans at Southfork River Therapy and Living with a new robe with their names. Pictured from left to right, back row: Terry Bixler, Diana Bixler, Roger Billings, Felicia Pickett (Southfork River Therapy and Living Social Services Director, Don Foster and Kenny Wright. Front row: Willis Pendarvis, Pitser Thomas III, Lenord Romine, Bill Shepherd and Tom Jones.
Kim Break

Veterans Support Association honored five veterans at Southfork River Therapy and Living on Thursday, Dec. 13. VSA representatives Kenny Wright, of Paragould, Ark., Terry and Diana Bixler, of Salem, Don Foster and Roger Billings were on hand to present each veteran with a gift. Southfork River Therapy and Living Social Services Director, Felicia Pickett, helped organize the presentation and was also present while the residents visited and received their gifts.

Pitser Thomas III, Lenord Romine, William Shepherd, Tom Jones and Willis Pendarvis were brought into a common area of the facility where a patriotic Christmas tree stands on display. Wright and Bixler thanked each veteran for their service and said they were not forgotten.

Each veteran was given a white robe with name and service embroidered. Included in the gift back was a Christmas card from Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, thanking them for their service, as well a card from VSA members. “He always has been willing to help us,” said the veterans about Lt. Governor Tim Griffin.

“We want you to know your service is respected and as long as we live and those who come behind us, your legacy will live on,” said Bixler. The VSA representatives explained their organization’s purpose to the veterans.

The men presented veteran with each bag with a salute and assisted them in holding up the robes so they could see their names.

This year, the VSA received local sponsorships to help them purchase the gifts. Local sponsors include: FNBC, NAEC, Hill’s Auto Sales and Bank of Salem. “We really appreciate those businesses,” said Bixler. He also said the organization is looking to grow and possibly down into the Calico Rock area soon.

VSA began in Paragould, Ark in 2013, and has recognized hundreds of veterans in central and northeast Arkansas since its inception. The seek to remember veterans who reside in assisted living facilities or rest homes. Veterans’ spouses are also welcome to become members of the organization. The goal of the Veterans Support Association is to increase and spread recognition of veterans so they feel appreciated and not forgotten. VSA has been working to expand in order to serve more veterans.

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