New Bern veterans group gets, gives help at Mumfest

10-14-18 Veterans group at Mumfest (Tyler Hardin, NewsChannel 12 photo).jpeg
The chapter is bringing awareness to the service and sacrifice of veterans and families. (Tyler Hardin, NewsChannel 12 photo)

The New Bern Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 886 was back at Mumfest for its fifth year.

The chapter is bringing awareness to the service and sacrifice of veterans and families. Veteran Karl Rush was there and donated to the field of flags honoring friend and marine veteran Albert Atwater who died in Vietnam.

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“I'm trying to help any way I can event if it's flying the flag every day to help every soldier not just from Vietnam,” said Rush.

And that what the Vietnam Veteran’s Chapter has seen from the community throughout Mumfest.

“What's nice is to see people just, what they want to give back to the community, especially the veteran community, they just walk by and drop money in the bucket and don't expect anything in return,” said Rush.

New Bern Vietnam Veterans Chapter President Gary Gillette says the money donated at Mumfest will go towards medical equipment and treatment, electric bills and other needs for local veterans.

“A lot of the folks that are either retired or have been in service, they need help from time to time and we provide that to them.”

The need has been great for local veterans and even after Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael the generosity continues to become greater.

“All you have to do is look around and see the amount of people that come to Mumfest, especially after all the devastation that we had recently with the hurricanes,” said Rush. “They still come out and many of these people are from the local community and they're having problems themselves, but they still want to give, that's what I'm saying it's a giving community,” said Rush.