Remembering my dad and the amazing care given to him this Memorial Day

This Memorial Day is significant to me as I lost my favorite veteran and hero, my dad, earlier this year on March 5. Melvin Fleming proudly served as a member of the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.  

My dad had been facing medical issues caused by COPD over the last eight years, but during the last two years in particular his condition deteriorated. During this time, I got to know a number of amazing public employees who are there to support our veterans in their time of need. 

I was taking him to the Lebanon and Cumberland VA Medical Centers, where he was cared for by amazing staff that showed tremendous care and compassion as they helped us through every step of the process. I had the help of Thomas Coreau, the Director of the Dauphin County Veterans Affairs office who was extremely patient in walking me through applying for veterans benefits for my father.  

The day my father died, staff from the Dauphin County Coroner's office were so thorough and took great care to assess the cause. After my father’s passing, I was guided through the estate process with Dauphin County Register of Wills Jean Marfizo King who was always there to answer any questions I had.  

I am proud to work alongside this group of dedicated public servants who are there to help not just my dad and I, but all veterans and their families in Dauphin County.

There are countless government agencies and organizations out there to help veterans and their families access programs and services. If you aren’t sure where to go, visit or call 1-800-547-2838 to get started.

As I’m thinking about my father, Melvin Fleming, heading into Memorial Day weekend, let us all remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving this country. We will forever hold their memories in our hearts.