Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:08 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wounded Warriors enjoy hospitality

During the Memorial Day weekend the Homer Elks Lodge hosted three Wounded Warriors who are stationed with the Transitional Care Battalion at Fort Wainwright. Each of these troops has served in one or both of the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters and has suffered some type of combat injury.

The hosted troops included; Sgt. George Hoover, SPC John Girouard and SPC Jose Lozoyahernandez.

While in Homer these deserving troops were treated to a day of halibut fishing, took in some of the local sights and color and were guests of honor at our Elks Memorial Day community barbecue.

The troops even assisted with the pig roasting ritual which they found to be a real treat.

This is the fifth group of Wounded Warriors that the Homer Elks Lodge has hosted over the past several years and it takes effort, coordination and support to make events like this happen for our deserving service members. Our thanks to each of the following individuals and businesses for their continued support of this program.

n Alaska State Elks Association Wounded Veterans Project: provided funds for round-trip air travel for the troops;

n Era Alaska: provided discounted airfare;

n Ocean Shores Accommodations, owned by member Mike Warburton: donated the hotel rooms during the troops stay; and

n Chuck Collins and the Irish Mist: donated the halibut fishing trip.

And, of course, our thanks to our numerous Elk and Emblem members who made the troops feel welcome and well fed and attended to their every need while they were in our care. All reports indicate that they all had a great time and were very hesitant to leave us.

We fully intend to continue to sponsor additional groups throughout the year for outdoor activities. If you would like to be a part of our next Wounded Warrior event or have an idea for an event or activity, please let me know. I can be contacted by email at jjonker@gci.net.

Jan C Jonker, PSP

Alaska State Elks

Wounded Veterans Project Coordinator