Tending To The Needs Of Our Veterans

Monday, December 31, 2012 - by Nancy Henderson, DAR

Daughters of the American Revolution are strong supporters of our military, both active duty and those who have served their country in other wars. Christmas is a special time of remembrance and reflection. Our Nation has been fighting a war that has lasted over a decade. Many soldiers have returned with special needs from the conflict.

"Veterans of past wars are no different. Battle leaves a soldier with both physical and emotional injuries. The DAR takes part in helping the veterans in a number of ways.

There are five chapters of the DAR in the Chattanooga area - Nancy Ward, Chief John Ross, Chickamauga, Judge David Campbell and Moccasin Bend, as well as the John Sevier SAR chapter, that provide drinks and snacks for the VA Center in East Brainerd on a rotating basis throughout the year. Many people who go to the center have long waits for treatment and transport.

Over Christmas there is a special effort to make the veterans feel appreciated for their service and their sacrifices. The counseling center Christmas party feasted on boxes of chicken and biscuits. The outpatient Center had a Christmas party for all the people coming through. One veteran stated that this was the highlight of the year. He was warm and well fed. He took a blanket with him that had been donated by one of the organizations that was involved in the party. DAR, VFW, American Legion 159, and caring citizens served up punch, cookies and other Christmas goodies to a steady line of veterans and their families. The staff did a wonderful medley of Christmas songs. Not only blankets but hats, gloves, calendars and magazines were passed out.

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