Willmar WarHawks Help Veteran In Need

Oct 18, 2022

(West Central Tribune) – Macy Moore – October 17, 2022

NEW LONDON — The Willmar WarHawks hockey team didn’t mind dealing with a little cold and snow out in the elements on Friday as they came together to help a Vietnam War veteran in need of cleaning up some piles of old scrap and building materials around his property outside of New London.

Property owner Terrell Myllenbeck, who is on 100% disability, was facing a potential bill of thousands of dollars if he were to call and have county officials come clean up the decaying scrap and material piles.

“If it wasn’t for these guys, the county would come clean it up and cost me a fortune,” Myllenbeck said.

He served from 1970-72 as a support individual based in Thailand, he said.

Julie Asmus, who organized the event as part of her work with HomeFront Connection, called the WarHawks to see if they would help and they didn’t hesitate.

HomeFront Connection works with the families of deployed military and veterans across the region. The group is usually contacted by the deployed military unit when a family needs help or through a county’s veterans service officer. The group’s president, Dick Reitsma, can also be contacted at 320-894-8946.

“This was a great community service project for the WarHawks,” Asmus said, adding that they took care of most of the cleanup within a couple of hours of hard work.

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