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Local veteran gets surprise visit from two congressmen

A local veteran who lost everything in a wildfire received a big surprised today when two congressmen gave him a surprise visit-- Greg Walden and Steve Scalise.

Posted: Oct 13, 2020 10:54 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.---A local veteran who lost everything in a wildfire received a big surprised today when two congressmen gave him a surprise visit-- Greg Walden and Steve Scalise.

A Korean War veteran's mobile home is left destroyed after the Almeda fire. Although some of his trinkets did survive the fire, some of memorabilia from his time in the service did not.

This includes one of his most prized possessions-- his congressional record that he received from Representative Greg Walden in Washington D.C. last year. This record was from the honor flight -- one of Bromstead's most cherished experiences.

Bromstead's grandaughter decided to call the Congressional Office to see if there was any way of getting a replacement of the record.

Representative Walden said the call made him realize how many veterans lost important material in the fires -- in an effort to help the veterans that lost everything, Representative Walden is working to connect veterans to resources for document replacement.

"If you're a veteran in Southern Oregon, or anywhere in Oregon, and your medals, your commendations, your paper work went up in flames, we want to help you recover from that loss," Walden said.

Walden said to reach out to the Congressional Office and the staff will work to issue official copies.

For Bromstead, Walden and congressman Steve Scalise decided to come out to his home themselves and present him with a copy of the record.But that wasn't all they presented him with.

"We wanted to also reestablish something you lost in the fire and that is-- you had a flag that you were awarded," Scalise said. "We had this flag flown over the united state capital. I want to present this to you in honor of your service to our country."

Members of the Honor Flight also brought gifts for Bromstead, including a jacket, gift bag, and a check.

Bromstead said this celebration came just in time for his 90th birthday coming up later this month and the Navy's birthday today.

"I hope everyone in their lifetime has a day like this," Bromstead said.

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