Each month, we celebrate one of our valued customers. For May, our Customer Spotlight shines on Veterans of America 913, based in Branson, Mo.
With 168 members, the chapter welcomes all U.S. veterans, said treasurer Ed Krieser. The group is dedicated to assisting veterans in the area, whether local residents or visitors passing through the popular tourist area.
When Veterans of America 913 was shopping for custom patches, they found us. They appreciated our willingness to work with them to create the perfect patches for their organization, Krieser said.
“We went through three or four different proofs. We determined that we were getting the best quality that we were looking for.”
The chapter is able to enlist many of the talented musical performers who call Branson home for its fundraising events such as its annual benefit show. The show helps fund support for veterans needing items such as power wheelchairs for mobility.
The chapter was able to buy a so-called “tank chair,” a rugged power wheelchair, for one veteran, giving him back the ability to go back to the woods to hunt.
The organization’s Veterans Assistance Program also helps traveling vets who suffer vehicle breakdowns or accidents, unexpected hospitalizations and more, Krieser said.
The group also provides scholarships for graduating high school seniors and for students already in college.
An Honor Guard attends veterans’ funerals upon request, for any veteran of any service and any era. They served at 70 funerals in a recent month, Krieser said.
The Honor Guard will present a regular ceremony at a Branson-area cemetery for Memorial Day, complete with local performers.
Krieser appreciates firsthand the significance of Memorial Day. A Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, he was wounded and Medevac’d out as his platoon lost 17 men on what was scheduled to be his last day in-country.
“It’s to remember and honor those veterans,” Krieser said, “who sacrificed so we can have a decent life,”
Thank you, Mr. Krieser for your service. We at TJM Promos are honored to have the privilege to provide patches to Veterans of America 913 and other veterans throughout the nation.
For more information about Veterans of America 913:
On Facebook: Branson Veterans of America 913
(Photo: Branson Veterans of America 913 Honor Guard, from Veterans of America 913 website.)