Glove drive helps local veterans

The first photo with gifts of winter gloves for homeless veterans includes Nathan Four, Director of Residential Services at the Veterans Multi-Service Center; Robert Rogers, Case Manager at the Veterans Multi-Service Center; Rick Loughery, Chester County Recorder of Deeds. COATESVILLE — More than 125 veterans residing at the LZ II and Mary E. Walker House on the grounds of the Coatesville Veterans...

DNB makes donation to support local veterans

From left to right: James T. Amato, LSW Secretary, Catholic Human Services Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Vince Liuzzi, Chief Banking Officer, DNB First; Vernon Fountain, US Army Veteran; Geoffrey Hurnyak, USN Ret. Program Manager, Veterans Multi Service Center; Amy Stoner, Director of Catholic Social Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Ed Lis, Director of Mission Integration & Communications,...

David’s Drive buys out Army Navy store, donates to VA, CYI and CASD

Thousands of items of clothing purchased for those in need By Lauren Parker, News Editor, The Times Volunteers with David’s Drive were on hand last week to deliver clothing to the Coatesville Youth Initiative to be distributed to local youth. Photo courtesy of David’s Drive COATESVILLE – Though the iconic Army Navy store in the center of town has permanently closed its doors, storeowner...

Local Cross Fit offers classes to veterans and first responders

Promotes exercise and connecting with others By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times Veterans and their families meet for The Weekly Fight every Sunday at Cross Fit Inspire in Frazer to work out and support each other. EAST WHITELAND – Cross Fit Inspire in Frazer has been doing great things for first responders and The Weekly Fight, a nonprofit organization for veterans and their families,...

Letter: Coatesville VA welcomes veterans & local community to events

To The Editor, As the Interim Director of the Coatesville VA Medical Center (VAMC), I am proud to be part of a team of dedicated professionals and volunteers, working together to provide our Veterans with comprehensive health care. Our health services include primary care, mental health, geriatrics and a variety of specialty services. I encourage every Veteran to take advantage of their benefits...

Op/Ed: Remembering those we lost defending freedom

By Steve Barrar, State Representative (R-160) Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160) listens as Rep. Mark Gillen (R-128) explains the updates that would be made to Soldiers’ Grove to honor the heroes who sacrificed their lives defending our country as a result of House Bill 1484. Soon, we will be recognizing another Memorial Day. In the past year, we have lost more men and women as they defended the greatest...

E. Brandywine to host The Wall That Heals

A 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will visit East Brandywine this summer. EAST BRANDYWINE — Hopewell United Methodist Church (UMC) and East Brandywine Township will play host this summer to The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Part of a national tour, the replica memorial wall and accompanying mobile education center will be on display throughout...

Op/Ed: Fighting for veterans and first responders

State Rep. argues for support of education needs for both groups By Rep. Steve Barrar, State Representative (R-160) State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160) I spend a lot of my time learning about the needs of the Commonwealth’s emergency responders, veterans and their families. By always remaining informed, I can best represent these groups as the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee...

Remembering our heroes this holiday weekend

So many families can point with pride to those who served By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to pass along the amazing story of my husband’s grandfather. Wilfred Eugene Hockenberry (Gene to his family and friends) was an 18 year old U.S. Army soldier fighting in Salerno, Italy in World War II. He and his buddy were hiding in a fox hole when they were...

Op/Ed: Recognizing Loyality Day in Pennsylvania

By Rep. Steve Barrar, State Representative, 160th District State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160) It was a great honor for me to serve in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Because of that experience, I understand the sacrifice and reward that comes with taking the ultimate risk to safeguard our communities and our country. The experience also gave me a deep pride in my country, and each year,...