Updated: 03/31/2014 4:48 PM
Created: 03/31/2014 1:39 PM KSTP.com
By: Jason Davis
Two Minnesota women from military families saw the problem: their state had the highest suicide rate among veterans.
"I was tired of losing my veterans,” Melony Butler founder of Eagles Healing Nest, said.
So, she raised just enough money to rent part of a disused girls’ reformatory on 140 beautiful acres near Sauk Rapids, Minn., to create a haven for troops who are suffering.
"When I went to Washington, and they said ‘who's funding you?’ I said obviously not you," Butler said.
This is just one example among many featured in this program dedicated to special people in our community who take that extra step to help others.
People like Ruby Huls who drives big yellow school bus No. 2 for the kids of the Buffalo Lake district just west of the Twin Cities. What sets Ruby apart is she has driven the same bus, year in year out, for more than 50 years.
"I've had this route for so many years,” Huls said. “When I've had grandpa, and I've had your dad, and now, I've got the youngsters.”
For Ruby, the road ahead has more miles and more kids, because she has no intention of retiring....ever!
Another woman with a song in her heart is Sharon Gill of Duluth, Minn.
Sharon, who is totally blind, makes her way to the lobby of a local cancer clinic several times a week for one reason only. She sits at the piano and plays.
Amazingly, this dedicated woman can play for hours without repeating a piece of music and does it all from memory.
Come "On the Road" with us to meet some of the most generous and compassionate people we could find in Minnesota.
It's our tribute to "Those who Serve.”