On December 7th, the Sons & Daughters of Italy in America (Jupiter) held its annual Wounded Veterans Dinner and Award Ceremony at the Jupiter Community Center. Italian sandwiches, wine, assorted beverages, cake and coffee were on the menu as we celebrated and recognized Wounded Veterans Chandra and Todd Hoover.
In honor of their service to our country, Chandra and Todd received, courtesy of the Sons & Daughters of Italy, a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis; a registration fee of $400; a Basket of Italian Food products; three gift cards of $75 each; and a check for $700.
CHANDRA AND TODD HOOVER
Chandra served almost four years in the US Army before being wounded in a military vehicle accident while being transferred between bases. Due to the severity of her injuries, she was honorably discharged with a partial disability assessment, and is currently awaiting further review from the Veterans Administration for full disability benefits.
Todd has served twice in the U.S. Military. He served four years in the U.S Marines as an investigative photographer, observing and recording tragically violent deaths and accidents throughout his years of service.
After being honorably discharged and returning home, Todd missed the comradeship of the “brotherhood”, so he returned for another four years, this time serving in the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic. Tours of duty such as these understandably take their toll on those who serve, both mentally and physically.
Because of the compounding problems these Veterans have endured, they are most appreciative of any help granted them by our Lodge during this, the most holy and blessed season of the year…Christmas.