GLENDALE, AZ – A Glendale Marine Corps veteran received a brand new air conditioning unit for his service to the country and community.
Forest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning surprised Cheryl Reuss on Wednesday to let her know she was this year’s winner.
Reuss was overcome with emotion after answering the door and hearing the news.
“I’m so excited! Oh my god, I’m going to cry, and I’m not a crier!” says Reuss.
This is the seventh year that Forest Anderson has honored a veteran with a new CA.
Cheryl’s friends and family nominated her and highlighted why she deserved so much.
She is one of 10 sisters growing up and comes from a family of modest means.
Cheryl says she had no real plan after high school and decided to join the military.
“Joining the military changed my life,” she said.
Cheryl served in the Marine Corps from 1989 to 1993, reaching the rank of corporal.
“It allowed me to grow and bond with a group of men and women from all walks of life.” “It taught me to be more responsible and to understand how life works. It helped me to be more confident in everything I do,” she said.
After serving, Reuss earned her business degree, but then decided to work with young people and became a teacher for 10 years. Reuss returned to school in 2012 and earned her MBA.
Reuss now volunteers for several organizations, including the Arizona Roadrunners, which are part of the Women Marines Association.
“I feel like you have to give back,” she said.
But Reuss says raising her 10-year-old granddaughter, Colleen, is what matters most to her.
Colleen currently lives with her in the Glendale home with Reuss’ mother.
She says it is for them that she really needs the new air conditioner.
“My air conditioning is about 17 or 18 years old, and it’s coming to its last stage,” she said.
“I don’t want to be sitting here in 120 degrees and my house is getting hotter and hotter.
After the announcement, the Forest Anderson team went to Chery’s roof to take measurements for their new air conditioner.
Society president Audrey Monell says there is no one more deserving than Cheryl.
“Cheryl is absolutely amazing,” Monell said. “If there were more people like her in this world, we would probably have world peace.”
“She’s a role model, she’s a mentor for all the young women in the world,” Monell said.
Monell’s kind words made the Navy veteran emotional once again.
“It was a huge, wonderful surprise,” she said. “Yeah, I’m so beside myself,” she said.