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Local VFW Pays for McKnight's Headstone
HUBER HEIGHTS --The VFW paid for slain mother Nichelle McKnight's funeral, and now a local post is chipping in again to pay for her headstone.
So far the VFW has raised more than $10,000 following the tragedy that took McKnight's life. And they say until Zaden is found their work is still not done.
Veteran Jack Brankamp can barely find the words to describe how the young mother's gruesome murder has affected him, but he knew he had to do something to help.
"We found out the VA was giving the family a hard time on burying her at the cemetery," Brankamp explained with tears welling Monday. "She was a veteran and she was not getting what she deserved. And veterans take care of veterans."
Jack's Huber Heights VFW post sprang into action, receiving $8,300 to pay for the Air Force Reservists' funeral through VFW Ohio Charities. And Post 3283 still wasn't done.
Since the funeral they've raised even more money. Monday through Facebook they unveiled a bronze headstone that will sit atop Nichelle's grave.
"It makes me really proud of what we've done," Brankamp managed to say through tears. "It's been very rewarding. We're not here for the recognition. We're just doing what we're supposed to do."
And that proud obligation will include helping the family with Zaden's funeral, if necessary.
Nichelle's headstone will be ready within 90 days and Jack's post will hold a special memorial at that time. Meanwhile, the search efforts for Zaden, who was 4 when he disappeared, are still going strong.
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