November 8th, 2011



For Immediate Release:

Local shop honors wounded veteran

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 5:23 pm

    Eddie Beesley has been coming to Branson’s Veteran Homecoming for years, but this year, when he returns home to Oklahoma, one business will continue to tell his story.

    On Friday, Heroes Coffee co-owner Amy Ferguson unveiled a picture of Beesley, who lost his legs in 1965 while serving in Chu Lai, Vietnam. Ferguson said at each of their locations, the coffee shop selects a local organization to support.

    “With Branson, we thought what a better way to get involved than support our veterans” Ferguson said.

    She said while the coffee shop has chosen to support Branson Veterans Task Force, Beesley will serve as the face for their hero.

    “He is Mr. Branson,” Ferguson said after unveiling a framed photo and information about Beesley. “Eddie is a true Branson hero.”

    Beesley and his wife, Connie, started a business to help other people who are also wheelchair bound.

    He has been at the forefront of many handicapped-accessible laws. Beesley is also the author of “Lucky Enough: Some things you choose, other things are chosen for you.”

    The Beesleys have spent time working with wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Aside from honoring Beesley, Heroes Coffee is also financially supporting veterans. A nickel from every cup of coffee sold during the month of November will go to Branson Veterans Task Force, according to Ferguson.