Above / Naperville Responds for Veterans Immediate Past President Jack Persin, Past President Pat Bowler, keynote speaker Herschel Luckinbill and NRFV President Dan Jurjovec welcomed 400 guests to the annual Strength and Honor Luncheon. After his speech, volunteers from Naperville Responds presented Luckinbill with a sweater emblazoned with the NRFV logo.

Naperville Responds For Veterans hosted its annual “Strength and Honor” Luncheon on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to honor and give thanks to Veterans. The Luncheon was held at the Embassy Suites in Naperville.

The featured speaker was Vietnam Navy Veteran Herschel Luckinbill. Luckinbill served two-tours in Vietnam aboard the USS O’Brien and is active in many Veteran organizations including the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club, Honor Flight Chicago, and the Vietnam Moving Wall Oswego 2017, just to name a few.

Naperville Responds For Veterans assists Veterans and their families in need, especially those with low and moderate income, by raising donations of money, building materials, and professional labor, and coordinating the process of repairing, building, and donating homes.

Naperville Responds For Veterans is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides services to Veterans in need and those in crisis.

Special thanks to Naperville Responds for Veterans Committee for organizing the Strength & Honor Luncheon that helps raise awareness and appreciation for veterans, all ages, who have protected this land of the free. The Fallen Comrade Table, set up in memory of fallen, missing and imprisoned military service-members, is a poignant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice. The annual event on an ordinary day welcomes everyone to express special gratitude to all who serve. Peace.


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For more information about the programs offered by Naperville Responds for Veterans, visit www.napervilleresponds.org. Thank you.


‘The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace.’

—General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

Veterans Park, located at 303 E. Gartner Road, provides a quiet place to reflect upon all who have served this nation with a request etched in stone to “let peace and beauty be found here.” 

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