The founder of Rathburn Tool & Manufacturing in Auburn has contributed $20,000 to establish the Veteran Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation DeKalb County. Jerry Rathburn says the fund will support the basic needs of veterans and their families in northeastern Indiana.
“I was immensely impacted by my service during the Vietnam War and I know the challenges that some of my fellow veterans can face,” said Jerry. “I want to do something that helps struggling veterans in a way that positions both my neighbors and my community for long-term success.”
Rathburn says the fund reflects the character of Rathburn Tool and hopes the fund will stimulate the philanthropic giving in the county.
“This is the first fund of its kind in DeKalb County and its creation has generated a lot of interest from neighboring communities,” Tanya Young, executive director of the Community Foundation DeKalb County noted. “There is a tremendous need for this type of support. It’s also a great cause for others to join who share Jerry’s respect and love for those who served our country.”
The fund will support assistance for essential needs such as food, housing, and utilities, or to support functions which honor the services of veterans in the community.
The company says funds will be available starting in 2022.