Veterans tell personal stories at OSLC meal


Veterans Sherman Silbaugh, Gordon VanGronigen, Roger Heiter and Gene Ruby stand during the singing of the National Anthem at the Veteran’s Meal at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church last Thursday, Nov. 9. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Jeff Gargano
It was an emotional night as more than 150 people enjoyed the Veteran’s meal served by Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church last Thursday evening.
Attendees included five World War II Veterans all the way up to Veterans of the wars in the Middle East.
The Veterans and their families enjoyed a free dinner of grilled steak or grilled chicken breast. To begin the event, Sidney Burns sang the National Anthem. Everyone in the room stood, even those in wheelchairs.
There were three speakers during the evening: Humboldt County Veteran’s Affairs Director Dean Ewoldt; Jim Fevold, who spoke about his life changing Honor Flight experience; and Seth Dencklau, who served in the Middle East.
Jim Fevold is a Vietnam War Veteran. He said while he was at war he heard stories of how his fellow soldiers were being treated when they returned home. Then he experienced it when he returned to the United States.
Seth Dencklau, who lives four miles west of town with his wife, Tara and son Braxton, joined the Army in 2007. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne and deployed to Afghanistan at the age of 19.
Humboldt County Veteran’s Affairs Director Dean Ewoldt, a Veteran himself, encouraged Veterans of all ages to come to his office in the Legion building in downtown Humboldt and see what benefits are available.
“You are deserving. Come see what benefits you are entitled to,” Ewoldt said.
Read more about what these veterans had to see and see photos from this event and Veteran's Day services in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

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