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Web letter by Jason Smith: DAV Chapter appreciates community’s support

The Allen County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 40 wishes to thank every one who came out in support of the recent veterans’ events: from the O’Daniel “Jeep Jam” the second Saturday October to the Veterans Day Parade, as well as those businesses and restaurants that supported our local veterans with discounts and free meals throughout the Veterans Day weekend and throughout the year.

The chapter wishes to extend a special thank you to the O’Daniel Motor Group, Golden Corral Restaurants, McMahon Tire and Home Comfort Experts Heating and Air of Columbia City as well as Applebee’s, Texas Roadhouse and Granite City for helping raise more than $25,000 in donations for us this year. Your efforts and funds will help us support our local veterans and create a better life for them and their loved ones.

We also would like to thank Access Fort Wayne at the Allen County Public Library; Dale Parrish and Carl Fowler of the Korean War Veterans Association; and all the volunteers who assist with the show “The American Veteran” that airs at 7:30 p.m. every Friday. Episodes may also be found on YouTube. Thank you for offering and sharing this venue to our local veterans so they may share their stories and causes with our community.

It is imperative that we as Americans do not forget those who have served, are serving and will serve to not only protect our rights and freedoms, but to protect and defend those who are oppressed and our way of life.

The chapter also wishes to thank those who donated to our efforts. We are a non-profit organization with minimal overhead. So 90 percent of every dollar donated will go directly to support local Veterans in need. Donations may be sent to 16531 Tonkel Road, Leo-Cedarville, IN 46765. Make checks payable to “DAV, Chapter 40.”

Should you know of a veteran in need of assistance of any sort, or you are looking for more information about our organization, feel free to contact our chapter by calling or emailing me, Jason Smith, public relations chairman, at (260) 312-7842 or Jason.E.Smith1@Gmail.com; or our chapter commander, Matt Plum at (260) 494-9684 or XJRyder@Gmail.com. We may also be contacted or followed on Facebook at: https:// www.facebook.com/pages/Disabled-American-Veterans-Chapter40-Allen-County-Indiana/149625078401283 or search for IN DAV Chapter 40.

The chapter meets at noon the first Saturday of every month at the Fort Wayne VA Hospital Auditorium. Our next scheduled meeting will be Dec. 1. Feel free to attend and introduce yourself as a visitor and see what our organization is about.

JASON SMITH

Fort Wayne

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