The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 15, 2014

Coalition provides vets with Friends of Coal Auto Fair tickets

To thank them for their service, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is taking a group of veterans and their wives to the Friends of Coal Auto Fair to see the Saturday night concert with Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler. 

The Coalition is a nonprofit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror, according to public relations director Ladd K. Biro.

Charles and Jennifer Stewart, Timothy and Rebecca Hicks, Troy and Dolly Chartrand and Merrilynn and Tristen Brown were the couples selected to attend the show.

Jennifer Stewart said these veterans were selected with the help of the Beckley VA Medical Center’s caregiver coordinator.

Her husband Charles was deployed in 2003 as a combat medic and shot in 2004. He was awarded a Purple Heart.

The Oak Hill couple said they are excited about the opportunity to see the show.

“We’re excited to meet the other couples and raise awareness that there is help out there for these veterans.”

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes was founded in 2004 in Leesburg, Va. It is distinguished from other veteran-focused organizations by its direct financial assistance to America’s wounded heroes, providing “Emergency Financial Aid” to help stop foreclosures on homes, keep vehicles from being repossessed, provide gift checks to cover meals, utility bills, car repairs and more.

Rebecca Hicks said she and her husband Timothy, of Sophia, are also very excited to be a part of this event.

Timothy was in the Army for 10 years, and is now medically retired.

“I think it’s a great thing. It helps my husband get out and be with other veterans who are going through the same issues.”

For more information about the Coalition, visit www.

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