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A special birthday gift

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Holly Hills resident Marty Warren received an electric wheelchair from the AMVETS Post 222, based out of Terre Haute. Warren served two-tours in Korea and Vietnam. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
Marty Warren, a two tour Air Force Veteran, received a special gift for his birthday.

AMVETS Post 222, based out of Terre Haute, presented him with an electric wheelchair.

Still a small post, they have many plans for the future.

"Though we are still a young chapter post as far as other posts are concerned, we try to help veterans all we can," Second Vice Charles Barnes said. "There are some veterans that the veteran's affairs office can't help, those are the veterans with non service connection to their disability."

Warren, who served in both Korea and Vietnam, is one of these Veterans. A resident at Holly Hills Nursing Home, Warren enjoys his new wheel chair.

"It's great," he told The Brazil Times. "I like it."

Holly Hills Administrator Lisa Bloesing said Warren would not loose the mobility in his leg.

"Before he was given the wheel chair, the therapist had to make sure that it wouldn't interfere with his therapy," Bloesing said.

AMVETS Post 222 has provided walkers for other clients at Holly Hill as well as sponsoring a Toys for Tots toy drive that benefited children in the Wabash Valley Area and a blood drive.

"The wheel chair was donated by Ron Banta and his wife," Barnes said. "He is a former Marine and the chair is in memory of his mother Betty Simpson."

George Warren, cousin to Marty, is a Trustee for Post 222, was in attendance for the presentation.

"He's always been like a brother to me," he said with a laugh. "He was famous for chasing the girls, now we just gave him wheels to do it."

With two more wheel chairs waiting to be refurbished, Post 222 is asking for some help.

"We want to help the Veterans," President of the Ladies Auxiliary Cheri Barnes said. "If anyone would know where we could go to have the maintenance done on the chairs, that would be appreciated."

They are also seeking donations of walkers, handicapped shower stools, wheel chairs and crutches.

"We always serve," Barnes added. "We try to help the Veterans, they deserve it."

For more information on the AMVETS Post 222, contact Ronald Graham at (812) 249-3979, or stop by the post at 2420 Fifth Ave., between 4-10 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

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Happy Birthday Marty, and Thank You !

-- Posted by Centered on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 6:35 AM

Happy Birthday Marty What a great thing the VFW is doing

-- Posted by kd323 on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 12:38 PM

Happy Birthday Marty...the VFW is a good organization my Grandma was in that for along time. It's really sad there are like 30 and 40 comments on all the stories about druggies and bad things going on but only a couple on a good story. Support our Troops!!

-- Posted by SKCC on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 8:21 PM

What an honor it is to be living in a time where real men and women still are appreciated and admired. I too have become exhausted with the notion that somehow, fighting in a war and defending our Country is something that is to be looked down upon and shamed. (i.e. Code Pink, N.O.W., A.C.L.U.,and countless other overtly liberal wimpy groups)

If you love her, you defend her. Hats off and hearts open to all of our Vets from all wars as they mature and become icons in our ever increasing land of liberal media bias against our brave men and women of the Armed Forces.

A very Happy Birthday wish to you Marty and may God continue to bless you in all you do!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Fri, Jan 23, 2009, at 9:58 AM

may the force be with you

-- Posted by 2dogbob on Fri, Jan 23, 2009, at 11:30 AM

Marty,you deserve that and more for the service you have given to our country and to many, many americans.God bless you and THANK YOU!

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Wed, Jan 28, 2009, at 8:11 AM

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