In the land of the free, they are the brave. And, too often, they are the forgotten.
There are approximately 145,000 US. Military veterans in Clark County, many of whom have been wounded during active duty. Military personnel and veterans with special needs receive limited support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Walker Furniture knows this and we are proud to spearhead a community effort to provide the specialized furniture to make our peacekeepers more comfortable.
To express our gratitude to these outstanding men and women for their dedicated service, we created “Help for Heroes” in 2013 to provide military families and veterans with lift chairs, adjustable beds, new mattresses, dining sets, and other furniture to help make day-to-day living a littler easier. This year, the 6th year for the program, 12 Clark County families will be recognized and supported.
Letters nominating potential recipients can be sent directly to Walker Furniture where they will be reviewed by an independent panel headed by Commander Robert Bencsko of the American Legion, Paradise Post 149. Each prospective recipient is personally visited by Commander Bencsko and members of his committee to evaluate their individual needs. Furniture will be delivered to this year’s recipients after a special presentation event on Saturday, June 29 at VFW Post 10047. Please send in your nominations by June 21st.
This year, several local nonprofit organizations have joined us in our efforts to participate in “Help for Heroes:”
The Las Vegas Rescue Mission will provide food and other household items to recipients and support each family according to their unique needs.
John Mull - Road Kill Grill will provide a delicious lunch for our veterans and their families at a special tribute event on June 29th.
Yes Air Conditioning, a new community partner joining us this year, will provide air conditioning and plumbing repairs for “Help for Heroes” recipients.
Walker Furniture donates approximately $100,000 annually to provide furniture through our “Help for Heroes” and “Home for Holidays” community programs.
Larry Alterwitz, Walker Furniture’s CEO and owner, feels strongly about helping our Active Military Personnel and Vets. “We need to remember and acknowledge what these men and women have sacrificed and done for us,” says Alterwitz. “This is our chance to help and to say ‘Thank You.’”