Norm, and I live in east Tennessee. We moved here after
he got his medical discharge from the Navy in July 1980,
and have never regretted it. The beauty of the area;
the warmth and friendliness of the people; and the feeling
of being "home" make us wonder why we waited so long
to come here. He's a 100% disabled veteran who enjoyed
working with wood until recently, when his doctors advised
him to give up the lathe (that he built himself), the
saws, and all the other tools that he loved. He can
no longer stand for long periods of time. To regress
a bit: we were both born in central Illinois, met when
he was an inspector and I, an assembly line worker at
Eureka Williams Co. in Bloomington. Before he knew what
my name was, he told his Dad that he was "going to marry
that little redhead over there"!! Durned if he didn't;
two months after our first date! We raised three incredible
sons and a wacky, wonderful daughter. By 1978, all of
my men were in the service.........the two older boys
in the USMC, Norm and the youngest boy in the Navy.
(Norm had 12 1/2 years previous service in the USMC;
you know what they say..Once a Marine, always a Marine!)
We are both active in the Disabled American Veterans
and Auxiliary. I've been Unit commander; Senior Vice
Commander for the State; and State Auxiliary Commander.
For 8 years, I was responsible for putting together
the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies for our
town. I'm sorry to say that I had to "pass the torch"
after my heart attacks, but I still participate in them.
I am Chapter Service Officer for our local chapter and
love working with and helping veterans. That is my career
of choice.......helping these guys and gals fight the
government for all to which they are entitled! Nothing
we can ever do for them can repay what they've done
for all of us. I'm so grateful that I've found the VWF
list! What a wonderful bunch of people, who have rapidly
moved into my heart!!! I love you all!