Kokomo’s Forty & Eight Voiture presents nursing scholarships to local students


Military veterans’ group honors students from Ivy Tech, Indiana Wesleyan

From right-left, Norm Crawford, chef de gare of Kokomo’s Forty & Eight unit; scholarship winners Haley Humphrey, Kent Hansen, Kimberly Allen and Kelsey Humphrey; and Bud Landis, scholarship chairman for the Forty & Eight organization

KOKOMO, Ind. — Three students at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo and one student at Indiana Wesleyan University have been honored with nursing training scholarships awarded by the Voiture Locale 1103 of the national Forty & Eight military veterans’ organization.

The $1,000 scholarships were presented to the students recently during a meeting of the organization in Kokomo. Receiving the money to advance their educations were:

• Kimberly Allen, a nursing student at Ivy Tech Kokomo and daughter of Forty & Eight member Bud Landis.
• Kent Hansen, a nursing student at Ivy Tech Kokomo and a veteran who served as a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan.
• Haley Humphrey, a nursing student at Indiana Wesleyan and niece of Forty & Eight member Doug Little.
• Kelsey Humphrey, a surgical technology student at Ivy Tech and niece of Forty & Eight member Doug Little.

“We are quite proud of you students and your study in this interesting and much-needed career,” Landis said in his remarks to the students. “We wish you the best of luck.”

The veterans’ organization – La Societe des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux – was established by veterans of World War I. Soldiers shipped to the front lines of the war travelled via the French railroad in boxcars. The boxcars could hold 40 soldiers (hommes) or eight horses (chevaux) and the titles of the officers were taken from French railroad officials or workers. The local chapter, or voiture (boxcar), was established in Kokomo in the 1930s.

A by-invitation organization designed to support camaraderie among U.S. military veterans, Forty & Eight units support a variety of programs, including child welfare, flag education and POW/MIA scholarships in addition to the nurses training scholarships.

The nurses training program is designed to allow recipients to pursue their studies and go on to receive their nursing degrees. It was established to assist in curbing the shortage of nurses in the United States.