Army veteran Leroy Brown, center, a resident of the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno, gets a lift onto a pontoon from Kankakee Valley Boat Club members Dale Gladu, left, of Wichert, and Steve Ek, of Chebanse, on Wednesday during the boat club's long-running annual luncheon. About 20 veterans arrived at the club along the Kankakee River for lunch followed by a boat ride, provided by boat club members Ek and Tom Schlesinger, of Kankakee. In previous years, a more wheelchair accessible pontoon was available, Schlesinger said. But narrow doors didn't stop the fun this year as club members assisted veterans onto the boats at their request. As Brown settled into his seat, a few cheered as others readied the boats for launch. "Anything for our vets," Ek said.