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The Wilson County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 8 has had another successful “Forget Me Not” Fourth of July fundraiser drive. This is our commitment that the DAV will not forget the men and women who sacrificed in our nation’s defense.
We take great pleasure in thanking the wonderful, generous and patriotic citizens of the city of Wilson, Wilson County, visitors and travelers who donated. You help us foster our dedicated and committed cause of helping the veterans of Wilson County.
We want to give a special thank you to Wilson’s own Parker’s Barbecue for allowing us to fundraise at your restaurant — your staff was tremendous. Knowing how crazy hot it was on the days we were there, they constantly checked on our fundraisers to ensure they were not in distress, providing us with cold, refreshing drinks. Kevin Lamm, Eric Lippard and Donald Williams, we thank you and we salute you.
The funds donated will stay in Wilson County. They will go toward our veterans’ assistance programs, primarily to help purchase a new van for our DAV transportation network. We transport disabled and non-disabled veterans to their medical appointments, mainly at the Veterans Administration medical facilities in Durham, Raleigh and Greenville, at no cost to the veterans. Any veteran needing a ride to an appointment at a VA medical facility can call 252-668-0067 to schedule a ride and to get more information.
Again, thank you to the generous donors, and know that when you see the DAV van painted Army green and battleship gray transporting veterans, you can feel good knowing that you helped to get the veteran or veterans on board to their medical appointments.
I must also thank the DAV members and their family members and friends who worked the fundraiser for sacrificing your valuable time over this Independence Day holiday. God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.
E. Ray Chambers
The writer is commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 8.