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Letter to the editor by Nathan Sokoloff

By Nathan Sokoloff

The members of the Forty & Eight veterans organization who meet in the State Road 200 Corridor are developing a program to honor our fallen military heroes who died in action. Six of those heroes were Marion County residents.

It is our intention to honor these fallen heroes by collecting funds, in their name, from the public to purchase bricks with their names engraved on them. The bricks are then placed in the brick “Walk of Courage” at the Fisher House, which is scheduled to be built on the grounds of the VA Hospital in Gainesville. The Walk of Courage is from the Fisher House to the hospital. These bricks are a way of helping the building fund drive now under way and will be a lasting memorial to these men and women who have served their country, making the supreme sacrifice while doing so.

The Fisher House is a facility for the wives, children, parents and other family members, a free hotel-like facility within walking distance of the hospital. They can remain as long as their veteran is an inpatient. They are provided with food and shelter, and they can share a common kitchen to prepare food as well as a communal family and living room.. This allows time to talk to others where they find support and encouragement from those in similar circumstances. Family visits, we believe, are the best medicine and this allows that without financial burden on the families.

Every brick becomes a lasting tribute to these men and women and will be viewed by veterans and their families for many years. Please consider supporting this effort as we pursue this worthy goal. Your response will determine if this effort goes forward. We cannot do this without you.

Nathan Sokoloff

8268 S.W. 108th St.

Ocala FL 34481-5703