Breaking News Bar
updated: 8/23/2012 8:39 AM

Fundraiser for Iraq and Afghan war vets

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Antioch native Terrill "Joker" Banser, showing off his dog tag from Vietnam in 2011, organized a fundraiser Saturday in Lake Geneva, Wis. to benefit the Chaplain's Fund at the veteran's hospital in North Chicago.

      Antioch native Terrill "Joker" Banser, showing off his dog tag from Vietnam in 2011, organized a fundraiser Saturday in Lake Geneva, Wis. to benefit the Chaplain's Fund at the veteran's hospital in North Chicago.
    Daily Herald file photo 2011/Steve Lundy/slundy@da

 
 

Military veterans sometimes find it frustrating to go through the federal government for emergency needs such as clothing, food and transportation, so in the suburbs, some of them rely on help from the Chaplain's Fund at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Center (commonly known as the VA Hospital) in North Chicago.

To help replenish the fund, a local veteran is organizing a fundraiser this weekend in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Longtime Antioch resident and Vietnam veteran Terrill "Joker" Banser set up the fundraiser because he said the small things the fund provides can sometimes mean the world to struggling vets.

"You don't know what it means to them. They cry sometimes," said Banser, who now lives in Wisconsin and regularly contributes to the fund through his Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club.

The fundraiser will be held from 2 p.m. until closing time on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Holly's Como Inn Bar & Grill, N3461 Highway H, in Lake Geneva, Wis. For a $20 entrance fee, people can enjoy free beer and hot dogs all night.

The health center's fund is managed by Father William "Bill" Vanderheyden.

Banser, who struggled with personal problems following his service in Vietnam, said postwar life is difficult and he wants to help others going through it, especially the young men and women just back from Iraq and Afghanistan.

"These young vets, they come up to us and thank us all the time. I say, 'Thank me?' Thank you,'" Banser said, repeating the veterans vow to never again allow one generation of veterans to turn their back on another.

"I've lived through this," Banser said, "so I've got to do this."

To donate, checks can be made payable to the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Center, and write "Chaplain Services" in the memo portion of the check. The mailing address is Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Center, Bldg 135, Room 170, 3001 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL, 60064.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.