Very Special Guests

Every Friday during Lent the Judd Kendall VFW Post invites residents to come over and enjoy a fish fry. For the past few weeks they’ve seen hundreds of hungry residents come through their doors.

But they recently had a few very special guests. Eighteen Veterans and their aides came from Hines VA Hospital’s Blind Rehabilitation Unit to get their fill of fish.

The VFW has dozens of volunteers who help the veterans off the bus, find a seat, and make sure their plates are always full.

“Every time I started to say something they gave me more fish,” said Vincent Ross, Korean War (1952-1957). “That’s kind of what I came here for so that’s very good, I was very pleased with that.”

“Wow, delicious! If I had room enough, I’d have some more,” said Leroy Jarvis, Korean War (1951-1952).

Naperville VFW members visit the hospital every month and invite the vets for both the fish fry and a picnic later in the summer. They’ve been coming to the Judd Kendall VFW for about five years.

“These are our buddies, they’re all veterans, and a veteran is your buddy,” said Mike McGrath, Past Commander of the Judd Kendall VFW. “They like to come out and we like to have them come out here.”

“We love having them here and as you can see they love it,” said John Shaw, Chairperson, Hines VA Hospital Committee, Judd Kendall VFW. “They get to spend a little time away from Hines and they always have a good time.”

“I never thought I’d live to be 81, but I never thought I’d be as comfortable and appreciative as I’ve been right now. This is terrific,” said Jarvis.

In addition to the special guests, residents of all ages came to the event.

“This is actually my first time, it’s been great,” said Dan Dvorak, Naperville resident. “The food’s delicious and it’s just a really fun atmosphere.”

“We’ve got a great crowd here tonight,” said McGrath. “That tells you you’re doing things right. It’s a lot of fun and you can come in get some good food and meet a lot of your friends from Naperville. We enjoy it as well.”

The VFW fish fry will continue every Friday throughout the rest of Lent, which ends on April 8th, Easter Sunday.

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