The 11th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner was
held at West Fork Park, Arnoldsburg, last Saturday, sponsored by VFW
Post 5959 and Ladies Auxiliary.
The event began with a social hour for veterans and
their families to get reacquainted with other veterans. Music was
provided by Backfork Bluegrass.
After dinner was served, guest speakers Dr. Sidney
Jackson and Del. David Walker were introduced.
Jackson, who has 23 years in the Air National
Guard, is a Veterans Administration representative for a mobile clinic
that comes to Grantsville once a month. The clinic, sponsored by a
Mobile Health grant, is primarily for “veterans taking care of
veterans.” Jackson discussed the importance of health care for veterans.
Walker, who has nine years with the Army National
Guard, spoke about the importance of veterans joining the VFW or
American Legion in order to have larger numbers and more influence with
VFW and Ladies Auxiliary officers were introduced:
Commander Victor Whytsell, Sr. Vice Commander Robert Bush, Jr. Vice
Commander Scott Mathis, Quartermaster Stan Norman, Service Officer Paul
Whytsell, Chaplin Bob Yoak, and trustees Adrian Ball, Larry Cradock and
Ladies Auxiliary officers are: President Frances
Turner, Sr. Vice President Francie Adwell, Jr. Vice President Linda
Staton, Secretary Freda Whytsell, Treasurer Tina Whytsell, Guard Marie
Hays, Conductress Linda Norman, Chaplin Patty Wyatt, and trustees Leer
Miller, Freda Whytsell and Judy Hayes.
DAV van drivers were recognized for the time spent
trans-porting veterans to Clarksburg and Morgantown for treatment: Bob
Yoak, 1,220 hours, 19,154 miles and 122 patients, and Burl Simers, 790
hours, 12,403 miles, and 79 patients.
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