DAV members’ awards make Wilson County proud

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The Wilson County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 8 is honored and believes the residents of Wilson and Wilson County should share in that honor. Two of our members, John R. Lucas and Adjutant and Treasurer Clarence L. Haeflinger, received top awards at the Disabled American Veterans Department of North Carolina annual convention, which was held at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center and Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons.

It is with tremendous pleasure that I share these accomplishments with every veteran in Wilson County and the city of Wilson. Both are veterans who all veterans can be very “well pleased” with.

Comrade John Lucas is the recipient of the highest award, awarded by the Department of North Carolina Disabled American Veterans — the Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year Award. The only veterans considered for this high honor are those who have suffered major disability while on active duty but did not let that disability overwhelm them. They’ve gone on to surmount and overcome the disability both in service to the DAV and their contributions in civic activities demonstrating responsible citizenship. John is the epitome of that veteran. Thank you, John, your comrades salute and honor you. God bless you.

Comrade Clarence Haeflinger was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. This was his second time being nominated for this award in four years. Thank you, Clarence, for your consistent distinguished service. Your comrades salute and honor you. God bless you.

The officers and members of Chapter 8 could not be more pleased with these two members. What John Lucas and Clarence Haeflinger have accomplished in receiving these two high awards has never happened in the more than seven decades of Wilson County DAV Chapter 8. May God continue to bless you both and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

E. Ray Chambers


The writer is commander of Wilson County’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter 8.