We had 7 Limo Riders including Hugh our Limo Driver and FUMC escort Ed McMeans. We lunched at The Red Lobster Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland. We had 5 Fisher House guests, a 6th had a last minute Drs. Appointment.
Those who attended the lunch were:
Carlos and Edna Alers. Carlos was a member of the US Coast Guard. He was at the VA Med Center undergoing throat cancer care. His wife Edna is his caregiver. They lived and served in Puerto Rico for most of their lives but have moved to Maryland to be near the VA Hospital and their children and grandchildren. They have been married 44 years but act like newlyweds!
Michael and Barbara Strickland. Michael has tested the capabilities of the Military Medical system for many years with multiple major medical issues. Currently he is undergoing dialysis. Nonetheless, he maintains a great disposition, smile and attitude. He’s retired Army and is a relatively newlywed having been married for 5 years but believe they have known each other for over 25 years!
Queen Bess Baker. While she lives in GA, she is staying at the DC Fisher House while her Son underwent brain surgery at the VA Hospital. He is in intensive care while going through treatment and recovery. Both her husband and son served in the US military. She and her husband have been married 49 years.
Everyone had a great time, had some laughs and appreciated a respite from the daily responsibilities of being at the VA Med Center. Nearing the end of our luncheon, we enjoyed a wonderful conversation about the families of Wounded Warriors and what tremendous responsibilities they shoulder when their spouses are deployed. We prayed for our WW Families before departing the restaurant.
Walter Reed National Military Center Hospital and Fisher Houses
On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the FUMC’s Limo to Lunch event took 7 guests to Tony and Joe’s Seafood in Georgetown, escorted by FUMC’s Bill Spellings and Chariots for Hire limo driver Arthur. Of the 7 guests, 5 were wounded warriors being treated at the WRNMMC Hospital in Bethesda, and 2 were Caregivers. We had 3 last minute cancellations due to WRNMMC Doctor ordered treatment rescheduling. It was a very enjoyable trip and luncheon for all the guests and they all were appreciative of what we do for them. The discussions and conversations were fun and informative as usual. It was noted by one of the soldiers that there are lots of “events” sponsored by many groups, but the FUMC Limo and Lunch event is the only “lunch program” that gets them off base during the day and for many, that’s what they need most. They also “don’t mind” the fantastic seafood hors d’oeuvres and delectable entrées.
On Tuesday 10/18/16 we held a Limo and Lunch event supporting veterans and caregivers from WRNMMC Hospital and Fisher Houses Bethesda, MD. We had 8 Guests plus FUMC escort Ed McMeans and Driver Tom. We lunched at Tony and Joe’s Seafood on the Georgetown Waterfront. All our guests were veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. We had a wonderful time and each Veteran was extremely complimentary and thankful that the FUMC continues to support them and other Wounded Warriors.
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Limo and Lunch Event to Tony & Joe’s (T&Js) Seafood Restaurant on the Potomac at Georgetown Harbor
The Limo to Lunch trip on Tuesday, August 19th was a huge success. We had a total of 13 warriors and family members. A total of 14 had shown-up and we had to turn one away, since the limo could only seat 13 – She was a family member who had shown up as an alternate in case we had a no show.
We had one of the new “13 passenger” limos, but we couldn’t fit them all inside comfortably, so one of the families from the Fisher House (2 guests) had a car nearby and graciously elected to drive themselves.
The group had a great time – lots of laughs and joking. All were very grateful for the outing. One couple had been there for 6 months and had never been out anywhere. One young lady is recovering nicely from serious brain surgery, but stated that she wants to go back to Afghanistan. It’s unlikely she will be sent back, but it is not uncommon desire among our troops to return to hazardous duty.
Considering their courage and patriotism, our soldiers and families enjoy and appreciate a simple outing to lunch in a limo. This recurring affirmation makes this program all the more meaningful.
August 10, 2016 Limousine to Lunch Event for VA Fisher House and Medical Center in Washington DC
We had 8 Limo Riders including our FUMC sponsor Allen Kriskowski, our Limo driver John, and 6 guests from Fisher House. Five of the six Fisher House attendees as well as John our Limo Driver, were first timers on the Limo Lunch.
- Cathleen Joy Brown of Mariposa, California and her sister from Oregon were here to provide 24/7 care for their brother undergoing treatment for cancer.
- Annie Aranrnolate is here, Caregiving her daughter, an Air Force Veteran, who suffered a stroke.
- Ms. Bryant is a mother of a veteran. She spends 8 hours a week volunteering at Fisher House.
- Shawn Huffnagle, a US Navy WT2 from Lexington Park, Maryland, is undergoing colon cancer chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
- Shannon Willis, from Texas, is Caregiving her Father who is undergoing triple bypass surgery after suffering a heart attack. Her Dad is a US Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam Era and is from Maryland.
- Jason Bard, US Army Infantryman Veteran, is undergoing treatment for cancer. His treatment unfortunately affects his taste buds in a manner that minimizes the foods he can eat without ill effects.
- Pastor Andrea Ramsey is here Caregiving her brother a US Air Force 19 year veteran, undergoing surgery for a Dissecting Aorta. The Pastor is from O’Fallon, Illinois and hosts a Radio Ministry every Monday.
- John Loveland, our Driver, is a Vietnam Navy veteran from Washington, D.C. He spent an 18 month tour in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967 on assignment as what can best be described as forerunner to the Navy Seals.
We all had a wonderful time. We shared stories, experiences and even a couple of jokes. It was an honor to be among those who also served, each in their way, and sacrificed to keep America free. FUMC got Kudos from all our guests for providing such a great escape from the Fisher House confines and their reasons for being there.
A Memorial Service was held at Fischer House on Sunday, 7 August for Joseph Elmer Krebs, Jr. who passed away on 30 July 2016. Joe took part in the Korean Conflict (1950-1954) as a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corp wherein he received 2 Purple Heart Awards involving hand to hand combat. He joined the US Army Reserves in 1957 after graduating from the University of Miami and retired as a Colonel in 1988. His many additional life accomplishments are too numerous to list here. Suffice it to say that Colonel Joe Krebs, a big man in body, was bigger than life in his contributions to his fellowman.
Joe and his Caregiver took part in several Limo Lunches since the program started. He was wheelchair bound during these outings but always had a wonderfully positive approach to life.
Limousine-to-Lunch event for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Hospital and Fisher Houses
Ed McMeans, FUMC escort, and our Limo driver, Jim, took eight military veterans and caregivers to Tony and Joe’s Seafood Restaurant on the Potomac River at Georgetown Harbor. (Four from Fisher Houses and four from WRNMMC.) Everyone was in a picture taking and festive mood. Attending from WRNMMC were: Lt. Col. Tommie Berger, Captain Walter Laffittie, Staff Sergeant Lawanda Jones and Staff Sergeant Magalie Atilus. Members of this group have been deployed to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations, each on several occasions. Members from Fisher Houses were: Winnie Baltrush, Anabel Galong, Donald and TR Rowe. Winnie and her Navy veteran husband have been staying at a Fisher House, both being treated for cancer. Sadly, her husband recently died from brain cancer less than a month ago. Winnie has great faith and knows God will continue to take care of her. Interestingly, one of the guests asked me if I was the Pastor of FUMC. While flattered, I said no but that I would pass on your thanks to our Pastor David Bonney. It was a wonderful day, full of good food and fellowship.
Thanks to our Veterans for their courage and service and may God continue to watch over them.
Limo-to-Lunch Event for Veterans Administration Fisher House and Medical Center in Washington DC
On a beautiful Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 we held a Limo and Lunch event supporting veterans and caregivers at Fisher House and The VA Medical Center in Washington DC. We had 7 guests plus Hugh our Limo Driver and FUMC escort Allen Kriskowski. We lunched at The Red Lobster Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland. All who attended the lunch were ‘First Time Limo Lunch guests’.
- Michael Strickland, accompanied by his wife Barbara, from Goldsboro, North Carolina is here for treatment. Michael was stationed at various US military bases in Germany for 13 years. After his army career was over Michael and Barbara drove an 18-wheeler, as a team, on round trips between Miami to Boston for 15 years. A lot of stories of their trucking experiences filled the lunch table conversation.
- Members of the Tedeneck family, Kim, Kathy and Britini, were here to support their USN veteran grandfather undergoing treatment for stage 4 throat cancer. They all hail from who Martinsburg, West Virginia.
- Annie Aranmolate is here for her daughter, an Air Force Veteran, rehabbing from a stroke.
- Austin Brown, served in the Air Force for 20 years active duty followed by 4 years in the Air Force Reserve. He performed the critical duty of Loadmaster on C-130s, C-141s and C-5As. Austin was also an excellent baseball player. He was the starting catcher on a military championship team while stationed in Rota, Spain.
As it is on all our previous Limo Lunch excursions everyone had a wonderful time. It was an honor for all present to be among those who also served, each in their way, and sacrificed to keep America free and who continue after their military service to serve again and again. All who attended expressed their thanks to all those who made possible a great escape from the Fisher House confines and their reasons for being there.
Limo-to-Lunch for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fisher Houses
Ed McMeans FUMC escort and our Limo driver Michael took 10 Military Veterans and Caregivers, including a one year old child to Tony and Joe’s Seafood Restaurant on the Potomac River at Georgetown Harbor. Despite the pouring rain, our spirits were joyful and we had a wonderful time. As usual, there was plenty of chatter covering many topics. We lunched on seafood appetizers. Deep fried shrimp in cole slaw was the favorite followed by the Calamari and Chilled Shrimp. We next had a Caesar Salad, followed by the main courses, Salmon was the favorite, and concluded with dessert, Key Lime pie or Ice Cream Chocolate Sunday. It’s a pleasure to serve our veterans and caregivers!
Limo-to-Lunch for Veterans’ Fisher House and Medical Center, Washington, DC.
We had 7 Limo Riders including Hugh our Limo Driver and FUMC escort Allen Kriskowski. We lunched at The Red Lobster Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland. The 5 Fisher House guests who attended the lunch were ‘First Time Limo Lunchers’.
- Austin Brown served in the US Air Force for 20 years from 1969 to 1990 including 2 tours in Vietnam and Service in Panama, Grenada and Desert Storm. He also served 4 years in the USAF Reserves.
- George Dye served 2 tours in Vietnam as a member of the US Army. Parts of his duties were with the Air Calvary, sitting in the doors of the ‘storied’ Huey helicopters with his M-60 during Personnel Drop Off and Pickup Operations. Additionally, he conducted reconnaissance of targeting sites also performed from the Hueys.
- Monica Washington, George’s Caregiver, met in a Veterans hospital over 10 years ago while both were going through cancer therapy. Both live in the Martinsburg, West Virginia area. Monica served in the US Army Reserve repairing and rebuilding Humvee engines. Deborah, (not pictured) the sister of Monica, is assisting with George’s treatment at the VA Medical Center.
- Carolyn Coore, whose Army Veteran brother Joseph was receiving palliative care at the time of the Limo Lunch, spoke about giving support to others instead of needing support from others.
As it is on all our previous Limo Lunch excursions everyone had a wonderful time. It was an honor to be among those who served and sacrificed to keep America free and for those who continue to serve as caregivers.