POMEROY — The Meigs County Veteran Outreach celebrated a new lease on life this past weekend.
Veterans and their families came out to partake in the reopening of the organization. Larry and Betty Churchheus opened up their doors to the public offering coffee, donuts, cake, hot dogs, chips, and other refreshments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Guests at the event had a chance to win a prize drawing along with homemade and donated door prizes. A 2004 Honda 600 shadow motorcycle went to guest Rich Wamsley.
Many of the guests in attendance have been avid goers of the Veterans Outreach since they first opened in 2013. Craig Churchheus, Daryll Clark, Robert Hayes, and Charles Bush are a few of the veterans. Craig Churhheus, brother of Larry Churcheuss, was in the Army for four years as a combat engineer and encourages people to come and utilize the help that the Churchheuses have to offer veterans.
Daryll Clark was in the Air Force for four years as a missionary cock pit worker and enjoys visiting the organization for the camaraderie. Robert Hayes, who recently turned 80, was in the Navy for four years in the aviation sector. Hayes spoke highly of the Churchheuse and assures they are the right type of people to know.
Charles Bush, the eldest veteran at 97 years old, fought in World War II. Bush was in the army for 37 months starting in September of 1942 and ending in October of 1945. When Bush visits the organization he enjoys playing checkers and visiting with fellow veterans.
On Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Veterans Outreach will be open for veterans and their family. At the start of the event coffee and donuts will be offered to guests. Heather Brooks will be in collaboration with the Churchheuses helping with the food. Turkey, ham, and all the traditional meal items of a Thanksgiving dinner will be served. Donations for the food pantry are appreciated this time of year and accepted all year.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.