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Giving Your Best: Ed & Sally Knight

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By Jennie Montgomery

It's fitting that in the month we observe Veterans Day, WJBF News Channel 6 honors a retired military couple with the Giving Your Best award.

Catching up with Ed and Sally Knight was no easy task. They keep busy schedules with their volunteer efforts.... everything from special programs at the Veterans Memorial Park to activities with wounded warriors and the VA Clinic in Aiken.

People who know the Knights say they are a mainstay in anything they take on... and that's why they deserve this special recognition.

Ed Knight gets frustrated with the whole notion of being retired.

"So many people retire and they sit around and die. There's no reason for that, you know? Get out and do something! Get off your couch, go out and help- there's tremendous things to be done out there."

Ed and Sally Knight spent their careers serving our country... and though they are retired military, they're continuing to serve and give of themselves in the community.

Andy Caltabiano notes how devoted they are to military wives.

"The 1221st, when they were overseas -the reservists- some of the spouses needed assistance repairing things and all, Ed was one of the first ones right there on the scene, whatever they needed... both of 'em, they've been right there together assisting."

Both are members of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Aiken Veternas Council.

They don't shy away from leadership roles and have been active fundraisers for the new Fisher House at the Augusta VA Hospital.

Ed is really proud of the work and the fundraising that came from people in the CSRA.

"The Fisher House allows the families, that have their loved ones there, to come together and help heal. And not only heal the injured person, but the families themselves. We worked with the other groups for 4 years to get that thing to fruition and it is the most beautiful thing we could do."

Sally plays a huge role in the Salkahatchie Chaper of Barnwell because she maintains the group's website.

"So that we could contact other people, and we have accomplished doing that through the website."

Ret. SFC Tom Perkins says his friends work hard to improve the quality of life for anyone in need, especially veterans.

"From day one of our Veterans Park in Barnwell, they have helped with it tremendously... funerals that we have taken part in... anything that has to do with a veteran, you find them."

 

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