Veterans, friends and family celebrate life

2014-04-02T11:46:00Z Veterans, friends and family celebrate lifeContributed by Heather Maury, Purdue University Calumet Communications student

HAMMOND | Celebration of Life, a dinner by Webbhouse Inc., was held at The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26. Board of Director Bob Farmer created the event to show thanks to those who have supported the non-for-profit organization and to celebrate the Montford Point Marines and Sgt. Jeanette Winters.

"Let us all get together and acknowledge the lives of these heroes," said Farmer.

The event featured accommodations for 250 to 300 people including, dinner, a cash bar, a vocalist and guest speakers. The speakers were: Gen. Loretta Reynolds, National President for the Women Marines Association Betty Moseley Brown, School Superintendent Doeford Shirley, Indiana Director of Veterans affairs James Brown, Regional Director for Senator Joe Donnelly, Justin Mount and President of Montford Point Marine Association Sharon Stokes.

Shirley spoke of Winters, the first servicewoman to die in the war in Iraq. Winters was the inspiration to build Webbhouse Inc., said Farmer. The organization was formed in 2009 mainly to help homeless female veterans located in Gary, IN. The organization has provided 27 houses to male and female veterans and their families and continues to offer housing, counseling and employment.

Webbhouse Inc., relies on financial as well as physical and emotional support from others to succeed. All of the non-for-profit organizations that support veterans in the area tend to support each other and unite for a common cause, said Farmer.

In attendance at the Celebration of Life dinner as a supporter of Webbhouse Inc., and to introduce Brown was Assistant Director of From Boots to Books Program (FBBP) Akili Shakur.

"I feel extremely honored and humbled to be a part of the event. Anything that will promote positivity and well-being for the veterans is something Boots to Books will support," said Shakur.

From Boots to Books: is a program committed to helping student veterans and student service members complete their educational goals. Through a variety of academic and domestic, support services FBBP helps members transition from the mentality of a soldier to that of a student. FBBP is located in the SUL building at Purdue University Calumet.

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