BCV makes donations to Grand Island veterans

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Veterans in Grand Island are reaping the benefits of donations to the Business Coalition of Veterans. Former Marine David Lopez and Air Force veteran Sherri Kolar received household necessities Thursday afternoon at no charge.

Sherri Kolar sits on her new mattress donated by the Business Coalition of Veterans. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

Lopez got a new stove and Kolar is now the proud owner of a brand new Slumberland mattress, frame and headboard.

"I was truly grateful," Kolar said of the experience. "I was very humbled."

The new mattress is replacing one she had for more than a decade which she says made sleeping really difficult.

"I had been going through a lot of back problems and I required to have a new bed," she said. "So they wrote me a prescription for a new bed. I submitted it to the VA, but unfortunately they weren't able to provide that for me."

The deliveries were made possible through donations to the Business Coalition of Veterans.

"This is what we're about," BCV Founder Chef Anthony Brando told Local4 News. "This is an opportunity for the public to see that their dollars that are being donated are being spent here locally."

The BCV partnered with Slumberland Furniture and Ken's Appliances to make the donations.

"They're local businesses so what better partnerships could you have?' Brando said. "You want to continue to give back to your community. This is an amazing, giving community and that's what I'm most impressed about Nebraska."

After the generosity Kolar says she's received, she now plans to be more active in the BCV so she can also help other veterans.

"I want to be part of that,"Kolar said. "I want to be part of the community. I believe that you should pay it forward and I want to be able to do this for another veteran."

The veterans now have a few weeks to decide if the bed and stove works for them or they can return it for one that is a better fit.