To the editor,

I would like to thank all the people who have helped me from April 2014 to Dec. 11, 2017, in getting my uncle Mariman John Purkeypile a new vet’s tombstone — his was broken at Stephenson Cemetery on Lincoln Highway in April 2014.

These people have been great: my two nieces, Bernitia Griener and Janet Purk — telling me to call the VFW; the lady at the VFW in Van Wert, Kelly Manning, for calling Bob Habern with VA all over the U.S.; to Paul Wilson with the VA in Van Wert who came to my house four different times to help me; to my daughter, Robin Pruett, for filling out papers; my son-in-law, Greg Pruett, for taking me to the post office to reg and mail the birth certificate; to Ronda at the Quantico, Virginia office for phoning me so often and the Times Bulletin.

A big thumbs down to the lady in D.C. who told me, “Oh we don’t do that for World War I vets. We have enough to do for the World War II vets, Korean vets, Viet Nam vets and now the other vets.”

I said, “Wait a minute, lady, WWI vets fought for our country for freedom, they deserve respect also.”

When I told Robert Habern, he told me, “Good for you, I’ll look into what can be done.”

Mac Meyers in Monroeville, Indiana, has been great on phoning me Oct. 11, 2017.

The stone has arrived. We finally got the stone up on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

God bless you all.

Betty D. Brown

Van Wert