General's Family Donates Boat To Fort Drum

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The Cerjan family just keeps giving.

Before his death, Paul Cerjan gave 34 years of service to the U.S. Army.

Now his wife and children are giving to soldiers, just like the ones Lieutenant General Paul Cerjan served with.

The donation: a 32-foot cabin cruiser.

The boat gives soldiers an opportunity to think about something other than the battlefield.

"It seemed appropriate. My husband loved soldiers. I love soldiers. I've been a military wife for over 40-some years. It's just one of those things you do," said Paul's wife, Patricia Cerjan.

The Cerjan family owned a boat for five years.

It now goes into the hands of U.S. soldiers.

But why was a boat the right gift to give to our servicemen and women?

"Little things like just being able to go out on the water for an hour or two can make all the difference for a soldier just finding what he needs to keep doing the job he's been asked to do," said Paul's son, Timothy Cerjan.

The boat is called the "Climb To Glory III" and will be controlled by Fort Drum Morale, Recreation, and Welfare.

It's available for any soldier and their family to sign out.

"It's a great donation. I'm very impressed that she gave this thing to us," said Sergeant Douglas Winter of the Boss Program.

"Their worlds are so intense. Their worlds are filled with a mission many people aren't called to do," said Patricia Cerjan.

But they are called to do it and the Cerjan family wants to take care of them, when they're not taking care of us.

Friday, November 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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