Ed Knewland, a Korean veteran died on March 23rd. He was a Navy veteran from the Korean War. He was very proud of his service and of his country. He became involved with Books for Troops, wanting to give back to the troops who continued his mission of protecting our country and our freedom by their service. Ed offered to restore books to send to the troops to give them a source of escape and to remind them that he cared about them. His work was done precisely and regenerated the life of 10,000 books with his military makeover. All this work was done from his nursing home at the Eddy in Troy. These books will continue Ed's legacy for many years and will reach thousands of troops all over the world as well as those in VA Hospitals. Ed will be sadly missed by both his family, by Books for Troops and by the troops who received his books. Rest in peace, Ed, knowing that you have given peace to the troops you have loved so well. Thank you for reaching out to them with your expertise and your love. Books for Troops
Bill Sweitzer, at the age of 18 enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Korean conflict. After the war he worked for 42 years for the railroad including NY Central, Penn Central and Conrail. After retirement he moved to Clifton Park with his wife, Judy where they enjoyed traveling. He also was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League and the American Legion Post 1450 in Halfmoon and the Adironack chapter the Adirondack chapter of the Korean War Veterans. Bill and his friends worked to build a a Marine Museum in Buffalo. He also found time to be one of the original volunteers to lay the foundation for Books for Troops. Even after his retirement from being an active member of BFT, he continued to support our work. His sense of humor, hard work and dedication helped us to tough out those very difficult, but very crucial years to build what we have today. His life ended with a diagnosis of cancer which he bravely fought. He will be missed by those who worked with him at BFT and by all whom he touched with his kindness, support and humanity. Rest in peace, Bill after a very productive life of being there for others. Ellen Keegan and all volunteers from Books for Troops.
"Every story is a ride to someplace and time other than here and now." A.A.Patawan
Below are pictured the very loyal and dedicated volunteers that make up Books for Troops.
Without their hard work and sincere committment to our troops, Books for Troops could not have delivered
over 500,000 books and good will to thousands of our troops who feared they were not remembered.
Books for Troops showed them through our dedicated volunteers and community that this was not so!
BFT Volunteer Joanne Wildy bringing in books to garage space donated by Oak Brook Commons in Clifton Park; books are sorted and stored in the garage until mailed out.
The community of Clifton Park helping collate comics being sent to our Troops
Ellen Keegan, Founder and Director of Books For Troops, Inc., organizing books by category
Nabeel Saeed bringing books to the Post Office from our office in Halfmoon
Nabeel Saeed hauling books out of the office to be brough to the Post Office.
With books I am able to place my own concerns aside and curl myself up in the cocoon of somebody else's imagination, Kate Kerrigan