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OPERATION WEDDING: Veteran Gets Surprised

As our country honors the men and women who’ve served, one local business is making another big day special for a group of veterans.

Veterans Day is special for Jennifer Voegtlin. She says, “It’s a national shout out.”

She goes on to say, “I’m a Staff Sergeant. I’m an E6. I’m a flight medic in Iowa Army National Guard.”

She has been deployed twice: once to Iraq and then to Afghanistan. Voegtlin says, “I ran an aid station in Mehtar Lam, which is a province in Afghanistan, very small. There were about 800 on this FOB, or forward operating base.”

This former soldier will soon become a princess, at least for a day. She says, “I’ve been waiting, pretty much for the perfect man.”

She found her perfect man in the most unlikely place. She says, “We met in Afghanistan. He’s a platoon Sgt. And, he served with the same company or battalion I was with.”

She and Sergeant First Class Steve Beireis became friends while serving, they got engaged this past February and are planning a wedding for next summer. Voegtlin says, “My only request is a pretty dress.”

One local business is making sure military brides get a pretty dress for free. Stacey Fox with Stacey’s Bridal and Formalwear in Urbandale says, “We are partnering with an organization called Brides Across America, and we already have a line of girls outside, and they are going to get their wedding gowns for free.”

Fox opened the doors for military brides-to-be in honor of Veterans Day. Fox says, “We have 7,000 dresses in the store, and we’re going to take them back and ask them about their dream dress.”

Voegtlin ended up getting more than a dream dress. While she was trying on dresses, a woman with Adara Salon and Spa in Johnston presented her with a bag saying, “We would like to honor you with free hair and makeup on your wedding day.” A limo company, tux shop, D.J. photographer and others also donated services.

Voegtlin commented, “I’m just blown away. I don’t even have words for it. I didn’t expect any of this. I’m getting all of this. I just feel so blessed.”

Fox told her, “You can cry, it’s ok. This is exactly, you’re exactly what this day is meant for, you know that right?”

Voegtlin says, “I feel pretty, it makes me very excited for the wedding.”

 

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