Recruiters give back on Veterans Day

Nov 13, 2018

From left, Maj. Mike Pezeshki, Master Sgt. Edmundo Herrera, and Sgt. 1st Class Edwardo Herrera, all of the Wyoming Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion, serve lunch at the Cheyenne Comea Shelter on Nov. 11, 2018, as part of a community service on Veterans Day weekend. (Wyoming Army National Guard photo by Spc. Amanda Fry)

Members of the Wyoming Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion spent part of Veterans Day weekend at the Comea Shelter, in Cheyenne, serving an afternoon meal for clients and reaching out to the veteran community there.

Maj. Mike Pezeshki, battalion commander, said that Wyoming residents’ support of the Wyoming Guard has been tremendous, and the organization is working to say thank you by offering a variety of free events in communities throughout the state.

“It’s giving back to the community. Wyoming gives us so much,” he said. “To be able to give it back and pay it forward to the community is the  biggest thing we are trying to do here. Just to say thanks as much as we can, say thank you for what Wyoming does for us.”

In addition to the food served on Sunday, the Guard was able to donate additional 400 meals to the shelter. The food was prepared by local restaurant Tasty Bones BBQ.

Jeffrey Kukas, assistant kitchen manager at the shelter, said that the donations from local churches and organizations are a big part of the outreach at the shelter, and said that local organizations are able to volunteer supplies and time in order to prepare meals for residents.

“It allows people to get to know our clients,” he said, adding that the interaction breaks down the stereotypes and helps the community better assist clients at the shelter.

Kukas said that the shelter offers a wide variety of services to help veterans in need as well.

Pezeshki said that he hopes the Guard’s presence at the shelter on Veterans Day weekend may help some of the clients who have served in the military seek services that are available to them.

“If us being here maybe adds some kind of benefit – maybe they will ask some questions, maybe there are some resources that they don’t know about or maybe they will find some contacts to call, where we can help them help themselves, that would be beneficial.”

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