heartfelt thanks in the form of a
card and/or letter is so very
appreciated by us. Please know it was
an honor for the Ohio Patriot Guard
Riders to serve you and your loved
one during this time.
to say the mission was a complete
success. Van's wife Linda and
children Robert and Jennifer were
very impressed with the PGR.
Robert had been in the Army as a
guard at Leavenworth.
From what I heard from my
brother, who is married to Van's
sister, there was not much
interaction with the PGR on
Sunday. Maybe a little
apprehension going on as the
family did not know the PGR guys.
Monday was a different story
though. I think the family
loosened up a bit and talked to
the guys and thanked them for
I sent my brother the PGR mission
notice E-mail and he forwarded it
to Robert. Robert shared it with
his mom and sister the day before
the service. They were
overwhelmed by the outpouring of
condolences. I think the
realization that their dad, being
a combat veteran, has such a
strong bond with all other
veterans he knew or even didn't
know, just simply them away.
On behalf of Van's family, I want
to thank the PGR for attending.
Your presence was greatly