Heartland Hospice serving Northeastern Wisconsin recently hosted a "Vet-to-Vet Cafe" at Aster Retirement Community in Clintonville, Wisconsin. World War II and Vietnam Army, Marines and Air Force veterans gathered for a blessing from William Van Dynhoven, Heartland Spiritual Care Coordinator. Jennifer Berndt, Heartland Social Worker, and Jaclyn Stencil, Heartland Volunteer, pinned each veteran to recognize their service. Veterans enjoyed conversation, stories of their service and of course, ice cream.
Army Veteran, Donald Yankee, shared that he served in the Army during peace time. A Clintonville native, he returned home after serving and started a family. He was a mechanic during his service and had been in charge of making sure equipment was brought to its correct place. He also participated in an Honor Flight.
Army Veteran, Raymond Arndt, is 102 years old and fought in WWII. He was a mechanic and made sure he was available to fix machinery if it broke down. He traveled all over the world during his service. He remembers being on a boat to get to Alaska for training. He fought in Europe through Germany, Austria and Italy. He also mentioned that he walked through Hitler's beer garden, but Hitler was not there. Raymond also participated in an Honor Flight to Washington and found it to be memorable.