'Support Siouxland Soldiers' Gives Away Gifts &Groceries for Veterans' Day

People across Siouxland showed their appreciation for our local heroes Monday.

A group called Support Siouxland Soldiers teamed up with the Boys Club of Sioux City to give back to our servicemen and women.

Although for some it may be just another holiday and an excuse for a day off, for many others Veterans' Day is a time to recognize the US armed forces and military service in a special, selfless way.

"Well, I think there's a misunderstanding that a lot of the people in our culture have about what it takes to come out of being in the military and serving in the military. As a veteran myself, I know that there is a period where you have to kind of adjust and change the way you think in some way and it's important for us to make sure that we don't forget those who maybe have had a difficult time making that transition," explained veteran Tom Eakin, a Support Siouxland Soldier volunteer.

While the holiday is meant for celebrating and remembering those brave men and women who have served our country, for Monday's volunteers it's also about giving back and showing appreciate to those past and present who have sacrificed for our country.

That's why Eakin and other people around Siouxland worked with the military support group to make care packages for those currently deployed and do a little grocery shopping for local veterans back at home.

Veterans were able to come to the Boys Club of Sioux City to receive gifts of gratitude, like Texas Roadhouse gift cards, baseball caps and free check-ups with Mercy Medical staff.

They were also able to pick out free groceries of their choice.
For volunteers and people who have loved ones currently deployed, they say it's the least they can do.

"Well, for our veteran's it's a reminder that we do appreciate what they've done for us and for active duty to let us know-let them know that we show um that we care what they're doing," said Ron Jenkins, a former lieutenant with U.S. Armed Forces.

"It makes me realize, how much so many people have done for our country and it gives people an opportunity to thank those people and hopefully return the favor in whatever small way or big way they can do it," echoed U.S. Marine mom Dawn Norton.

And so, these volunteers hope their service can remind veterans that their sacrifices are never forgotten. OR