Vietnam veteran gets scooter from Hemet Elks Lodge #1740

Photo by Bill Cook
Pictured from left to right: Hemet Elks Lodge #1740 Exalted Ruler Judy Menke, lodge member Linda Gunn and Veterans Chairman Jim Winget. Front row on the scooter is 73-year-old Marine Corp veteran Jim Gentry.

■ Hemet Elks Lodge #1740 / Contributed

Veterans Chairman Jim Winget of Hemet’s Elks Lodge #1740 regularly takes Vietnam veteran Jim Gentry to Loma Linda Veterans Hospital for his appointments. Gentry, who served as a Marine Corp captain during the Vietnam War, is unable to walk without assistance.
Gentry used a walker to walk the three blocks to the nearest store and had to take three to four rests each way. The VA denied him an electric wheelchair or scooter twice.
Winget heard of a Navy veteran who had passed away and had owned an electric scooter. He asked the daughters of the Navy veteran if they would sell it to him for Gentry. They agreed to sell it for $400. Winget was able to get the money from the Hemet Elks Veterans Fund and bought the scooter for Gentry.
“The Elks say that as long as there are veterans, there will be an Elk there to take care of them,” said Winget. “We do our very best to live up to that.”

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