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Local vets honored at KARW meeting

November 18, 2018

The Kingwood Area of Republican Women honored about 20 local veterans at their “Salute to Veterans” event at the Walden Country Club in Atascocita on Wednesday.

KARW member Alice Rekeweg sung God Bless America before KARW President M’Liss Painter introduced all the veterans in the crowd.

Don Mitchell with Kingwood Fallen Heroes spoke at the event about what the local nonprofit does the military families in the community and their annual golf tournament fundraiser.

Don said Kingwood Fallen Heroes was founded by his son Scott Mitchell and a couple of his friends in honor of U.S. Marine Sergeant Brandon Bury, who died in 2010 in Afghanistan. Kingwood Fallen Heroes started off by helping Bury’s family in what they needed after Bury died.

Kingwood Fallen Heroes had their first annual golf tournament in 2011 fundraiser to raise funds to continue helping local military families.

Since the start of the golf tournament Kingwood Fallen Heroes has been able to raise $533,000.

Following Don was U.S. Captain Mike Penn, a Navy Fighter Pilot and Prisoner of War during the Vietnam War who spoke about what motivated him to enlist in the navy, the sacrifices he’s made for his family and his experience being captured and tortured for eight months.

Penn said when asked about his POW experience his answer is always a quote that was given by a retired admiral, who was with him on the plane back to the United States.

“We’re honored for the opportunity to serve our country under all circumstances. We are [proud to serve] to our commander-in-chief and to our country for this day,” Penn said.

kaila.contreras@chron.com

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