JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – We honor veterans on Veteran's day in November, and pay our respect to those who lost their lives serving our country on memorial day, but Saturday was a day to celebrate the armed forces who are currently serving. The Military Expo gave the community a way to get involved and show support for those fighting for our country.
It was a sea of red, white, and blue, "This is for those guys and their families who are currently serving and the sacrifices they are making to show our appreciation to them," say event organizer Burnis Posey,
"I actually have a few friends that are currently serving over there right now and to be here and see the support they are actually getting, it's awesome to see," says William Groboski with the U.S. Army.
The first annual Military Expo hosted by the Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation showcased around 30 booths. Many of them provided information and programs for veterans.
Posey says one of the newest programs the wounded warriors program provides funds for injured solders to bridge the gap from the time they're injured to getting their v-a rating, "That's one of the most frustrating this here these guys are that are much deserving and it takes years sometime 5 to 10 to 15 years to get," he says.
There was also a booth doing a military history book for Craighead County. "Anybody that is connected to Craighead that served in the military we want their stories, everybody's got a unique story so we're capturing those stories," says Posey. If individuals who want to enter a story you can pick up a brochure at the Vet Affairs office in the Court house.
Individuals even had the option of coming over to the Hum-V and drawing a name to be able to send care packages and letters to solders that are currently serving overseas in the northeast Arkansas area. "We decided to stick names all over it so that people could adopt a solder."
"First off mail call is probably the best part of the day," say Groboski who has served overseas and knows how the little things mean so much. "A few times there we some elementary kids that the teachers said hey, let's write the solders and they sent a nice box with foods like popcorn and stuff like that and of course they wrote letter and we kept in contact. it just keeps you going."