Veterans visit fair with help of Elks

Staff Writer

Members of the Blackfoot Elks Lodge accompanied 12 veterans to the Eastern Idaho State Fair on Wednesday. The vets live in the Pocatello Veterans' Home. Fourteen more veterans from the home were unable to come to the fair because of smoke in the air. The "drivers" behind the wheelchairs were Elks members. They escorted the veterans wherever they wanted to go.Lori Marvin is the chair of the Blackfoot Elks Veterans' Program as well as the Eastern Idaho Elks Veterans' Program.
"I love working with veterans," she said. "They gave up their lives to fight for my country."
"When they call me their hero, it makes me cry," Marvin said. "They are the heroes."
"We brought 12 veterans (from the Pocatello Veterans' Home) to the fair this year," she said. "The Blackfoot Elks also gave each veteran who visited the fair $100 cash to spend as they wanted.
"Fourteen other vets who couldn't make the visit to the fair because of the smoke in the air," Marvin said. "We bought t-shirts and hats for the vets who couldn't come."
For the complete story, read it in the Thursday, Sept. 7, edition of the Morning News.