Ruck For Refugees Making Stops In Northeast Nebraska, Laurel Vets Club Hosting Fundraiser

LAUREL – A fundraiser meal is being put together by the Laurel Vets Club this week.

According to a release from the Vets Club in Laurel, a free will donation will assist with ‘Ruck for Refugees’ this Wednesday, October 20.

Former USMC Intelligence Officer, Robert Koenig is raising money for the man who was his interpreter while serving in Afghanistan. A ‘ruck’ is a military hike with a pack.

From 4:30 – 7 p.m., the Laurel Vets Club will have hot dogs, baked beans, chips, bars as well as lemonade and water.

Deputy Mubarak’s family needs housing in the U.S. after recently escaping the Taliban in Afghanistan as the country collapsed this past August. The man who saved Koenig’s life is a deputy in Sarasota, Florida.

Koenig is a Fremont, Nebraska native and is currently doing a 140-mile ‘Ruck for Refugees’ that started in Elkhorn on Saturday, October 16 and will be ending in Hartington this week. He plans on staying in Wayne on Tuesday, October 19 at Victor Park after setting out from Wisner that morning on a 21.4-mile walk. In total, the 145 miles is similar to the distance Deputy Mubarak and his family had to travel to escape.

Guests can either dine in or call ahead to Karen Thompson at 402-375-8521 to order take-out.

Robert Koenig is hoping to continue to raise funds to secure housing as the extended family is in a resettlement camp in Texas but have nowhere permanent to go. The family is planning on staying with the fellow police officers who will be putting some of the 33 family members in their homes, but housing needs to be secured by October 31.

The goal is to raise up to $250,000 to have a down payment to purchase a multi-family residence in the Sarasota, FL area for the family.

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