Army Spc. Freddie Meyers received a head wound while on patrol in Iraq on May 3. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4190 will have a benefit Sunday for Meyers and his family.
VFW event to aid wounded soldier
By Ronnie Thomas
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While a soldier recuperates from a gunshot wound to the head, his Decatur cousin and other Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4190 will help him with a benefit Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Commander Tom Pyeatt said the benefit will support the family of 20-year-old Army Spc. Freddy Meyers, of Greenville, Ohio. Meyers, whose cousin, Jack Stoler, is also a post member, suffered a severe head injury in Iraq on May 3.
"He was hit by small arms fire while he was on patrol in a Humvee," Stoler said. "He's recuperating in a veterans hospital in Richmond, Va."
Food and auctions
Pyeatt said the post at 2309 Veterans Drive S.E. will serve Boston butt and barbecue chicken, and is asking for a $5 donation.
"We'll also have a Chinese auction, a silent auction and a bake sale," Pyeatt said.
"Most of the cakes will be made and donated by members of the Ladies Auxiliary. All proceeds will go to Freddy's family to help compensate them for whatever they need."
Stoler, a Decatur resident since 1970, has been a member of the post for eight years. He served with the Army in Korea.
"We were having a membership drive," Stoler said. "Since Freddy was in Iraq, he was eligible and we signed him up."
Stoler said his cousin, a member of the Regular Army, went to Iraq in June 2006.
"The Army first flew Freddy to Germany for treatment," Stoler said. "They stabilized him, then transported him to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
Two weeks ago, he transferred to Richmond, where he's improving."
Stoler said while Meyers was in Germany, surgeons induced coma to drop his body temperature in hopes of relieving swelling on his brain.
"The swelling continued, and they had to remove part of his skull," Stoler said. "It was touch and go for a while. The military flew in his wife and parents."
Meyers will turn 21 on July 29.
"Several members and I pitched in," Pyeatt said, "to buy Freddy a life membership."
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