Forgotten Eagles’ event raises funds for those who serve

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette The afternoon crowd listens to music at the Forgotten Eagles Jamboree at American Legion Post 90 in Lake Linden.

LAKE LINDEN — For the sixth year, the Forgotten Eagles raised money for local veterans in need through the Jamboree at American Legion Post 90.

The money goes towards urgent needs for veterans and the families of active service members, such as gas cards to help them travel to cancer treatments, fixing a broken refrigerator or making sure they can cover their fuel costs.

“We will go right to the vendor, and we will make a payment for them so that they’ll get fuel in the wintertime,” said Rick Hayrynen, president of Michigan’s Forgotten Eagles District 2.

Recipients must be able to prove they were honorably discharged, and have a low enough household income. They are also capped at getting help once a year.

A rotating set of musicians played until midnight Saturday — mostly country and rock standards from the ’70s and ’80s.

It was early Saturday night, but the event draws a large crowd by the end, Hayrynen said.

“We’ve filled this area and the bar area at the same time,” he said.

Jerry and Anna Hill of Chassell came down to check out the music.

“People enjoy having something to do — go out at night, not have to spend a lot of money,” said Jerry Hill, a Forgotten Eagles member. “Go out and have dinner, listen to music. It’s a good deal, plus it helps the vets who are in need.”