I would like to express my appreciation to the people of Payson. My son, Sgt. Brian C. Jergens, a medic assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS, was severely injured on Aug. 7 in the southern region of Afghanistan. On Sept. 24, Payson Professionals at Your Service (P.A.Y.S.) held their annual September Fest and donated all the proceeds to Payson Supply Line, an organization founded by Butch Klein and Lud Kaftan dedicated to providing deployed soldiers with care packages. Payson Supply Line in turn forwarded all the money to the Jergens Family Trust, a trust fund set up in Brian’s hometown of Lawton, OK, to offset any future expenses that he or any family member may incur as a result of Brian’s injuries.
My wife Marilyn and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend the September Fest along
with our daughter Darcy, my parents, Roxy and Gary, and my brother Scott and his two sons, Haydn and Adam. While the monetary contributions were incredibly generous, it was the emotional and spiritual support that truly meant the most to us. Not one person, when told that Brian was our son, failed to express truly heartfelt sympathy, as well as let us know that Brian had been in their thoughts and prayers since they had heard about his injuries.
As an active duty soldier with more than 22 years of service, I can tell you that I have heard the phrase “Support our Troops” hundreds of times. For most people, that means a bumper sticker, or standing and applauding when asked to do so at public events. For the citizens of Payson, it obviously means much more.
The amount of support our family has received has been truly overwhelming. The words “thank you” seem to fall well short of the amount of gratitude that we feel. I just want to let everybody in Payson know that while you are all praying for Brian’s recovery, we are praying
that God remembers your generosity, spirit, and support. Thank you,
Master Sgt. Brian K. and Marilyn Jergens