“NHA’s Most Worthwhile Endeavor.”
The Edward and Veronica Ream Memorial Scholarship
On March 7, 2006, the NHA Scholarship Fund accepted a $35,000 donation from Judith and Bill Miles of Chicago, IL from the estate of Mrs. Miles’ aunt and uncle, Edward and Veronica Ream.
Edward F. Ream from Aurora, IL, graduated from University of Illinois in 1933 with a degree in Engineering and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Army ROTC. When the second World War broke, he served as a part of General Dwight Eisenhower’s staff in France, Italy and North Africa where he earned the Bronze Star for actions in directing the 6th Army Group operation from August 1943 to February 1945. Later he joined his beloved Veronica in Chicago where he remainin the Army until he retire as a Lt. Colonel.
He and Veronica met on the steps of University of Illinois in 1932 where their love for one another grew into marriage in 1934
Although Edward and Veronica never had children, they managed to play important educational role in Mrs. Miles’ childhood, as well as her sisters Patricia Ream Michel and Norma Ream Yamaguchi. Their love and encouragement for education extended to their 14 grand-nieces and nephews too.
Judith and Bill Miles (center) donated $35,000 to NHASF. Then NHASF President CDR Auturo Garcia (far left) and NHASF V/P, Operations CAPT(Ret) Dave Grupe were present to accept the donation and form the Edward and Veronica Ream Scholarship.
Veronica valued education and always regretted that she never progressed past high school. But during her lifetime after her husband‘s death, she endowed several military scholarships in Edward’s name. Veronica wanted to help the children of our military personnel pursue higher education by establishing this scholarship, which reflects her for both the military and education.
And Mrs. Miles wanted to continue her aunt and uncle’s reflection for education via her son’s (CDR Andrew Miles’) influence to donate to the NHA Scholarship Fund to memorialize Edward and Veronica’s wishes.
Since the past three years, the Edward and Veronica Ream Memorial Scholarship has awarded $2,500 to an enlisted service member or military dependent pursuing a higher education.
Just like Judith and Bill Miles, you (too) can donate to NHA Scholarship Fund in the honor or memories of a loved one. For more information, contact the NHA Scholarship Fund via email or by calling 619-435-7139
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