JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- In April another unit from the Johnstown area will be deployed to Afghanistan.
“There is a lot of emotion, nervous, fear, excitement and sadness,” said Captain Josh Kupchella. “We’re leaving our families behind.”
After serving ten years in the military, Kupchella will serve his first tour. He along with 150 other members in the area will spend about a year overseas.
For the last five years, while men and woman are on their deployments there is a program to help the families left behind. At Wendy’s you can buy a frosty tag for $1 that money will go towards helping the families of military men and woman.
“If there is an emergency, medical cost, things can happen and this program is here to help,” said Mike Beaver, local franchise owner. “I have a passion to help our men and woman who serve because of the sacrifices they make.”
On Tuesday nearly $28,000 was donated to the VFW which helps those families in need.
“I’m overwhelmed by the support for our veterans,” said Russell Canevari, VFW State Commander.
For the men and woman being deployed knowing there is assistance back home to help their loved ones means a lot.
“We’re not here, but our families still have every day life situations to deal with,” said Kupchella. “You don’t expect support like this to benefit the soldiers and it’s nice.”
The program runs at Wendy’s starting May 1- June 30, 2014.