On April 27, the Vestal Elks Lodge #2508 Veterans and Pink Elks Committees hosted motivational speaker Rick Yarosh. Rick is a retired army sergeant who was horrifically injured in Iraq and miraculously overcame his injuries. He now is a member of the “Sweethearts and Heroes” organization, and goes throughout the country telling his story and encourages others to overcome diversity with a positive attitude.
Over 100 veterans, lodge members and community members, as well as Senator Fred Akshar, attended this event. Guests donated $110 and over 100 pounds of non-perishable food and personal care items for the monthly care packages that the Vestal Elks Veterans Committee sends to local service men and women overseas.