Heritage has collaborated with two other local non-profits, The Robert H. Jackson Center and the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer to Peer Program, to host “Welcome Home Veterans,” this Saturday at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown. The event, whose purpose is to honor all veterans who have served and are serving, is open to the community to show them appreciation and learn how the community can continue to value the gifts these men and women provide.
This very special program will feature special guest and renowned speaker Rodney D. Bullard, vice president of community affairs for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and U.S. Air Force Veteran. Bullard is also a Duke Law School graduate, past Congressional Legislative Liaison at the Pentagon, former assistant U.S. attorney, and former White House Fellow who reported directly to the NASA Administrator. Bullard is the author of “Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out.” His presentation will share the powerful ways in which one individual can impact others and create a legacy of service.
Also included in the day will be a panel discussion with local veterans who have served in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War and Iraq/Afghanistan War. Each individual will address his or her unique, personal story about shifting from military to civilian life, and what role the community played in facilitating that transition.
This program was made possible through the generosity of Heritage Ministries, The Robert H. Jackson Center, the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer to Peer Program grant from the Chautauqua County Department of Veterans Services, and the following funds held at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation: Glenn W. Snow/World War II Legacy Endowment Fund and the Salute to the Greatest Generation Endowment Fund.
Lisa Haglund, Heritage vice president of marketing and development, shared the following, “We are honored to have the opportunity, in collaboration with several outstanding groups in our county, to honor those who have served us throughout the years. Across our communities, we serve veterans daily, but today gives us a concrete reason to come together in celebration and understanding of what they sacrificed for all of us to live in freedom. We ask the community to attend and help us display a strong showing of support in what is sure to be a dynamic and powerful program.”
This story was originally published in the Dunkirk Observer Today on November 2, 2018.