Grasberger has had his share of miracles throughout his life. He’s survived the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, as well as three separate heart attacks. The latest miracle was through a 21-year-old in the Army National Guard reserve. It turns out DeShauna Priest, who was only nine years old at the time, wrote Grasberger a letter thanking him for his service. Ever since receiving the letter, he carried it with him in his pocket.
Grasberger painstakingly searched for the author but had no luck. However, thanks to an employee at Vitalia, the senior living facility Grasberger currently resides in, and social media, the two finally had their reunion.
“You’re not the girl,” he exclaimed when they first met. “Don’t make me cry, please. Honest to God. Oh, I love you so much. I really do. You don’t know how long…I pray every night with this thing, I really do. This is a Godsend, it really is.”
To the WWII veteran’s surprise, Priest pulled out a card of her own. Grasberger sent her a thank-you card as well, which she too kept throughout the years. “You wrote that,” she told him as she cried.
Priest wrote the letter as part of a batch of letters her third-grade class sent in 2009. Grasberger received the card on an honor flight in Washington D.C. and always kept it with him. His wife, Delores, contacted Priest’s school and sent her the card Frank wrote.
After hearing the story, Vitalia resident services director Jill Pawloski knew she had to help. Priest received a message from Pawloski through social media and the two were able to set up the meeting.
“And now I met the girl that signed me the letter…and that is a real miracle,” Grasberger said. “That really is.”
Motorcycle Club Goes For Charity Ride Benefitting Struggling Veterans And Homeless
Earlier this month veterans also received help in the form of a charity ride by a New Hampshire motorcycle club.
“WMUR 9” reported the Leathernecks MC conducted a charity ride to benefit The Liberty House in their hometown. The Liberty House serves as a place of solace for struggling veterans and the homeless to get back on their feet.
The Liberty House executive director Jeff Nelson stated “We don’t take any state or federal money for our operational expenses,” making rides like this important to them. “They are what make us be able to keep our doors open.”
Leathernecks MC member Roger Crevier told “WMUR 9” their club had a “heartfelt need” to help The Liberty House. “We’ve seen the facility and we’ve seen what he does and this is a worthwhile cause.”