UY ONE GET ONE FREE! Any wreath purchased between now and January 15, 2020 will be MATCHED!!! We have added cemeteries for Eden and North Collins for Wreath Across America 2020! We need to purchase 1,575 wreaths to meet our goal, so please consider purchasing and sharing the link below. Also, all purchases are tax-deductible.
Welcome to WVWR Morning Coffee and Conversations!
This is a new feature of our Retreat that we will be rolling out in the next few weeks. Winter is fast approaching which in some areas will lead to even more isolation for our veterans, so we are creating WVWR Morning Coffee and Conversations and a virtual way for our veterans to still connect with each other. Please stay tuned for additional information, and each week we will host a different topic of interest! God bless you & God bless America!
Halloween Morale Buckets are ready for distribution! Whirlwind Veterans and Warrior Retreat is super excited to partner with the First Sergeants Council at Maxwell-Gunter to take care of our airmen in the dorms! Thank you to everyone who donated baskets and candy! #servingthosewhoserve
The building is complete!!! PLEASE VOTE!!! This building will be dedicated in honor of a military member that has honorably served in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Merchant Marines (the person can be alive are deceased, but they MUST have served or is serving honorably). You will have the chance to VOTE on who you would like to have the building named in honor of by casting your vote. For a $5 donation, you can submit the name of the military member you would like to see honored. You can vote as many times as you like for $5 per vote, and you MUST put the name of the person in the comment section of the donation. Voting will only be open for 30 days, and the dedicated name will be announced on 26 October 2020. PLEASE share with your friends and family!!!
Senior Master Sgt. Jerrod Kester had his phone, wallet and ID stolen when a thief broke into his truck. It didn’t stop him from keeping a promise to be in Texas the next day volunteering with the Wounded Warrior Project. (Source: Wounded Warrior Project)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – It was a situation Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jerrod Kester wasn’t expecting to find himself in. Should he cancel his volunteer trip to Texas or stay in Montgomery in hopes an investigation would recover his stolen property?
It all started on Oct. 4.
“My wife and I were headed to work, and she started yelling at someone to get out of my truck,” Jerrod recalled. “The guy started running with the backpack he had stolen out of my truck.” Inside were important personal items including Kester’s wallet, phone, and identification.
Jerrod, stationed at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, has also served as a police officer and chased the suspect. Unfortunately, he was unable to catch the thief. He called the police, then had to make a decision about his upcoming plans.
Jerrod was set to volunteer at a Wounded Warrior Project event in San Antonio the following day. That’s about a four-hour flight from Montgomery, but without his identification, Jerrod realized he couldn’t fly.
“It never crossed my mind not to attend,” Jerrod explained. So, according to Wounded Warrior Project, he spent 12 hours in the car, covering nearly 900 miles, to be in place for the Wounded Warrior Project’s Carry Forward® 5K on Oct. 5.
“I made a commitment to volunteer, and I was going to honor that commitment to Wounded Warrior Project as I’ve done in the past,” Jerrod added.
Jerrod Kester put aside his own problems and joined more than 2,000 other people for the event to supports wounded veterans and their families.
“I believe it’s our responsibility to give back to those men and women who have borne scars in defense of our nation and freedom,” Jerrod said. “They’re my brothers and sisters in arms, and this is my way of giving back to them and showing my unending support.”
And as fate would have it, good things were waiting for the man who made it a point to help others despite his own circumstances. Jerrod’s backpack and stolen property were found in a neighbor’s yard.
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