U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran Paul W. Kruse, Lake St. Louis, was honored for his service to our country as part of the October 27 Franklin County Honor Flight along with 22 other Vietnam, Korean and WWII service veterans.
The day was filled with celebrations, commemorations and visits to all of the national memorials in Washington DC and ended with a welcome home reception at Lambert International Airport, complete with songs, applause and recognition. Paul received a State of Missouri Senate Commendation Award, prepared by Senator Bob Onder detailing the work Paul did during his active duty years and the work he continues to do in the War against Poverty through his ministry, First Step Back Home. While on active duty from 1967 – 1969, Paul was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Services Medal and one bronze star.
Paul and his wife Lana have lived in Lake St. Louis for the past 30 years where they are active in several community services including having started Trucker Church at the TA Truck Stop in Foristell 17 years ago, and launched from that the very much “full time” work of First Step Back Home, a ministry focused on filling gaps in services in our region for single homeless men and others as well as well as the working poor. They have 4 adult children, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.