November 2016 | Schofield Certified Home Care nurse Sheila Vester’s passion to help veterans started at a young age.
The Lancaster native, who has been a registered nurse for 26 years, recently assisted with Honor Flight, a unique service that provides free transport of U.S. military veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials of the respective wars they fought in. The flight was arranged by the office of state Senator Robert Ortt.
Ms. Vester loved to hear her dad talk about his service in the Army. “Growing up, we loved his war stories and were totally enthralled with the fact that he was a bottom gunner on a B17,” she says.
Her work piecing together this period of history – and her father’s role – continued in 2012 when Ms. Vester received a letter from a man in the Netherlands who was researching a WW2 plane crash in his hometown. “My father, long gone by then, was listed as part of the crew but missed that flight due to a war injury,” she said. “From that moment, I was more than hooked,” Ms. Vester added. “I became involved with the members of the 457th Bomber Group, my dad’s bomber group based out of Glatton, England, and have been attending their yearly reunions ever since, fascinated by the stories from those brave and humble men.”
Inspired by these experiences, Ms. Vester recently volunteered for the Honor Flight program and was selected to accompany 25 veterans on their travels to Washington this past October.
“When I was chosen to accompany the flight on October 19, I was thrilled and surprised to hear that I was the only nurse on the flight,” says Vester who, upon arriving at the airport, was immediately paired off with 88-year-old Harry Schack, who served in the Korean War.
Although none of the Honor Flight passengers are served by Schofield Care, Ms. Vester’s caring service and admiration for her father’s “Greatest Generation” has given her a call of duty that extends beyond the work of her agency.