Veterans rally to help hurricane victims

A convoy of ten buses from Washington returned to D.C. with only one Katrina survivor today. It appears many storm shocked people in New Orleans will not board buses. Evacuees fear they'll end up in an undesirable place apart from their families.

That's why Memphian Sylvester Sartor, an employee of the Shelby County Public Defender's office, says he's returning to Louisiana in his 4-Runner tomorrow. The Navy veteran and a buddy went to New Orleans last weekend at their own expense and rescued a family. Now Sartor is asking Memphis veterans who have their own vehicles, gas money and funds to provide for the people they rescue to drive a convoy with him to Louisiana tomorrow night starting at 9 o'clock.

"Because veterans have the program for service already in them. This is our proud training. We are choosing service over selfishness. We are going into the breach to meet the need," said Sartor.

Sartor invites veterans interested in joining the convoy to get more information by calling 487-6746. The convoy lines up at 201 Poplar, the Criminal Justice Center, at 9 o'clock tomorrow night and leaves around 10 o'clock.