American Legion Paradise Post 149 held a special presentation at the Leatherneck Club for the recipients of Walker Furniture’s fourth annual “Help for Heroes” program, which helps wounded U.S. Military personnel and veterans in Clark County with specialized and home furniture.
(Pictured above: Help for Heroes Larry Alterwitz CEO Walker Furniture, veteran Robert Leonard, Tim Gomez Commander Paradise Post 149).
“For all that our military do for us and their sense of selflessness,” said Larry Alterwitz, CEO for Walker Furniture, “We feel honored to be in a position where we can give back even a little to our local heroes. It’s really the very least we can do.”
Deliveries will begin Monday, July 10 with the Jared Stacey family. He was deployed four times but on the last tour of duty was hit by two back-to-back IEDs. He suffered multiple injuries and is 100 percent disabled. Together he and his wife have five children and the youngest has significant special needs. They will receive a houseful of furniture and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission gives food and other items to recipients if needed, as well as support in many other areas.
Other recipients alphabetically include: Mark Bland, Kenneth Hall, Robert Leonard, Millford (Mel) Little, Randy Martinez, Jodie Pokakaa, James Smith, Javier Suarez and Greg Whalen.
The selection is made by letters received by Walker Furniture, which are then reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel headed by Commander Tim Gomez of the American Legion Paradise Post 149. The post commander and members personally visit each prospective recipient to evaluate their individual needs.
After the presentation, John Mull’s – Road Kill Grill, another “Help for Heroes” partner with Walker Furniture provided lunch for the veterans, their families and volunteers.
“We need to remember and acknowledge what these men and women have sacrificed and done for us,” Alterwitz said. “The Veterans Administration helps them but is limited in what they can do beyond their medical needs. This is a chance to help a veteran and to say Thank You.”