We owe a world of thanks to the millions of military veterans who have answered the call to defend our country and way of life.
Often, though, the needs of former military personnel go unnoticed. A prime example of this is the case of Henry Summers, who had been relegated to living in his basement because of losing the ability to walk a few years ago. However, the situation changed recently for the 85-year-old World War II veteran who lives in Chocolay Township - thanks to a friend, the friend's church, an American Legion post, volunteers and the local Warrior Relief Fund.
Summers' friend Jim Armstrong took up the cause of getting Summers up into the upper level of his home, which doctors said would be better for him because of the abundance of natural light.
Armstrong began his mission at Harvey's Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, with American Legion Post 44 in Marquette joining the effort.
Then, Liz Mathie, founder and president of the Warrior Relief Fund, was contacted and the effort picked up steam, resulting in Mathie rounding up a group of volunteers and the money to build a wheelchair accessible ramp into Summers' home.
About 10 volunteers arrived at Summers' house early in the morning one day last week and quickly went to work. By the end of the day, Summers wheeled is way into the upper level of his home, after offering a good deal of thank yous to the volunteers.
The Warrior Relief Fund has about $15,000. Area veterans who may be in need can call 225-1904.