Shooting pool is Barbara Canten’s favorite pastime, but it’s not the bar or billiards that bring her to the VFW in Conway.
“We are here for the veterans. We are strictly here for the veterans,” Canten says.
Canten’s husband, father, brother and nephew all fought for our country overseas. Now she focuses her energy on fighting for them.
Canten started a Wall of Veterans at Post 2259. It features pictures of current and past VFW members and their story of service.
Canten’s service as District 6 President of the VFW Auxillary extends beyond Vets.
“Not only has she helped me personally but me my sister, my family, friends and no matter what she’s going through, she’s always got a smile,” Tabatha Wiseman tells KARK.
After losing her husband Greg to cancer in May, Canten finds strength when serving someone else.
“I feel good when I help somebody. I feel good,” Canten says.
KARK and McDonald’s of Central Arkansas paid it forward with a $250 VISA gift card.
The VFW Auxillary puts together care packages for loved ones of veterans who are receiving treatment at the VA Hospital in Little Rock.
Canten plans to use the money to buy items like towels, soap, and toothpaste.
After our surprise, Conway McDonalds owner, Ray Johnson, offered to match the $250, to help Canten in her efforts.
“I love the veterans. I love what they do. I love what they do for us.” If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be standing here right now,” Canten says.
Whether it’s maintaining the VFW’s wall of honor or comforting a service member with a quilt of Valor, this self-proclaimed doer is doing her part to live every day as if its Veterans Day.
“This is true. There is no wrong day to honor a veteran.”