World War II Vet’s Christmas Wishes Come True as He Receives Hundreds of Letters

by Joe Rutland

A lonely World War II veteran put the “ask and you shall receive” proverb to the test recently. He asked for a local TV station to help.

Leroy Haug requested that viewers of a local television station send letters to him. He lost his wife back in August and has been going through some dark, lonely days.

Little did he realize how much people would respond to his simple request.

Haug sent a letter to a reporter from WHEC-TV. He talked about his time in WWII, fighting for General George S. Patton’s Third Army. He also talked about being wounded while taking out a machine gun.

In the letter, he also admitted feeling despondent since his wife died in August. His request? Haug wanted people to send him letters to help him not feel so lonely. He got his wish.

Letters Pour In For World War II Veteran

In fact, so many letters have been coming in that it’s taking Haug time to open them all, according to his great-grand-nephew Joe Gatz.

Haug thanked people for their cards and letters through a statement given to the TV station.

“I want to thank everybody for being so nice to me and sending all these cards,” he said after WHEC reporter Shelley Kirk delivered the box of letters and drawings on Wednesday.

Those still interested in sending a Christmas card, letter, or drawing can send them to Kirk, who will deliver them to Haug, at the following address:

Shelley Kirk
WEHT, 800 Marywood Dr.
Henderson, KY 42420

Dierks Bentley Pays Homage To World War II Vet, His Dad

Meanwhile, one of country music’s biggest stars, Dierks Bentley, paid homage to his father who served in World War II last Veterans Day.

“I was lucky to have a father who served in WWII,” Bentley said in a post on Twitter. Bentley, who is the son of a legendary military father from the World’s Greatest Generation, is “inspired by the men and women who serve this country.”

As a result, Bentley celebrated his father’s legacy – and that of all U.S. Military Veterans – on Veterans Day by donating to a phenomenal cause, “Folds of Honor.”

“’Folds of Honor’ is an organization I’m proud to support,” the singer/songwriter continues. “100% proceeds made from this t-shirt will go to them. Get your shirt here.

Servicemen and women who return from war zones face unique challenges. For this, and many other reasons, Bentley chose to honor veterans with the charity.

According to their website, “’Folds of Honor’ provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen or disabled service members.”

H/T: Fox News