The 1st Cavalry Division Association received a helping hand from Panera Bread in Killeen to help bolster the nonprofit’s scholarship funds Thursday.

Panera Bread provided a percentage of all sales from 4 to 8 p.m. for customers who requested a donation to the association.

“(This is) to support the different programs we have affiliated with the 1st Cavalry Division Association,” said Dara Wydler, executive director of the association’s Central Texas Chapter. “We offer scholarships to spouses and children of service members, scholarships for active duty troopers, scholarships for the children of our (killed in action) soldiers and scholarships for our 100-percent disabled veterans and their children.”

A friend told Wydler about the nonprofit assistance program through Panera, so she went online to set it up, she said.

The restaurant chain, known for its breads and healthful food options, enjoys helping out in the community, said Celina Kerchen, general manager of the Panera at 1723 E. Central Texas Expressway.

“We like to be involved in the community,” Kerchen said. “We like to help out because it shows we’re here and we’re able to help out.”

For more information on the 1st Cavalry Division Association, call 254-547-6537 or go to

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Dr Strangelove

For people that don’t know:
Our Scholarship Foundation: The Foundation of the 1st Cavalry Division Association, offers scholarships of $1,200 per year for up to four years to the children of 1st Cavalry Division troopers who have died or become totally and permanently disabled while serving in the Division in any war. This program was begun to assist the children of battle casualties of the Vietnam War and all previous wars and has expanded to children of peacetime active duty Association members who died while serving in the Division. We have provided more than $745,000 in grants to 476 applicants through this worthy program which continues today. Also, 207 descendants of the Ia Drang battle participants have been awarded over $430,000 in grants from this program. Association members that are currently serving with the 1st Cavalry Division and their families are eligible to receive scholarship grants from the Foundation. We have awarded over $238,000 to 264 applicants under this portion of our program. Total money paid out in all programs is over $1,413,400.


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