To all residents of North Idaho and loyal readers of the Bonner Bee, Bonners Ferry Herald and the Spokesman-Review, I wish to take a moment of your time to bring to everyone's attention a group of selfless and most generous group of incredible men and women, who†are former military and dedicated to helping other veterans in need.
Being in my 80s now, the body doesn't move as agile as it used to and consequently, each year gets harder to cut and stow eight to 10 cords of firewood. Anyway, my tardiness in getting my wood supply in came to the attention of this group.
My wife notified me that on Oct. 27 and 28,†a group of local veterans and citizens would be arriving to help me with the wood production. This did not come a salvation, but as an admittance that I was not 25 anymore. I was a bit reluctant to this idea and so expressed the same.
Fast forward to Friday, Oct. 27. As planned, a caravan of pickups drove in our driveway with a request: "OK, where's the log deck?" I pointed to a visible pile on the southern border of the pasture and within minutes six saws were making serious inroads in the pile height.
This continued into mid-afternoon when all agreed it had been a good day. We loaded five cord into the basement. The troops enjoyed lunch and informed us a second group would be here the next day to finish up.
Again, right on schedule, came the convoy, and again decimated the log deck, which put another three cord in the basement. I was immensely impressed with the sense of service, generosity and dedication to fellow veterans.
These patriots would take no monetary assistance for gas or expenses. Their charter value is to assist fellow veterans who will benefit from their efforts. They insisted they did not want their names highlighted, but to put things in focus, one member drove up from Troy; quite a trip.
This incredible group of men and women veterans and local citizens are known as "Guardian Overwatch Idaho Chapter." A special thanks to the Spirit Lake VFW Post 1473 and the Idaho National Guard of which some of the veterans are members. It is difficult to express my sense of gratitude, but hopefully a "sincere thank you all" will be well received.