Recognition and appreciation are two words that are important to the Rhodes Properties & Development and Rhodes Realty teams.
Following on the heels of a lunch for first responders, Rhodes is serving up lunch at Raising Cane’s on Monday, Nov. 11 for Veterans. Free lunches will be given to all veterans at the Raising Cane’s location on Keyser Avenue in Natchitoches from 11 am – 3 pm.
Rhodes itself has employees that span a generation of military service.
Warranty Specialist Jim Rhodes was a E5 Staff Sergeant, Weather Forecaster, in the Air Force for 6 years in the 70s.
“I think it’s good to recognize Veterans from every branch of the military,” he said. “A lot of us come home and we don’t put that part of our life forward. It’s nice to see people recognizing Veterans for what we’ve done.”
Realtor Chad Deranger served in the Air Force for 21 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Space and Missile Operations Officer. Chad joined because it was always his calling.
“It was an honor to serve my country,” he said. “Like most vets I don’t think I did anything special. At Rhodes we have a strong commitment to community and it’s good to be part of a team again.”
Rhodes Realty COO Mario Fox served in the Army for 6 years beginning in 2008 as an E5 Sergeant, Joint Fires Operator. After 9-11, Mario knew he was going to join the Army as soon as he turned 18.
“So many Veterans are forgotten about once they get home,” he said. “I’m thrilled that I get to be a part of giving back to them. It’s something that we do that’s near and dear to my heart.”
Mario joined because it was was important to him. “I was thinking of ways to give back and become a better person,” he said. “It sets you up to know where you want to go in life. It helps you learn how to be a leader.”
Project Manager Hunter Richard Tarver joined the Army in 2017 and is currently serving as a Specialist, Combat Engineer. The youngest of the group, Hunter is 4th generation Army National Guard in his family.
“I’ve always been gung-ho,” he said. “As someone actively serving their country, it’s good to see community members, like Rhodes, who are looking for ways to support the people who are out there, protecting this country’s freedom.”
Realtor Doyle Sandifer is a E5 Fire Direction Team Leader in the Army National Guard.
At the end of the day, there’s a lot of reasons why people join. But the common factor is people who want to do something for their country, for other people. And there’s still people out in harm’s way.
To that end, Rhodes is providing this meal as a way to give back to the people in the Natchitoches Parish community for their bravery and dedication, and to remember those who are still out there defending this country.