During a recent meeting of the Tennessee Valley Veterans Benefit, Jim Bob Nation and Frank Fejeran presented Capt Marty Nix of the Civil Air Patrol’s Choo Choo Senior Squadron with a check in the amount of $240.00. The check represents a donation to Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization whose mission is to place a holiday wreath on the headstones of every veteran buried at all the National Cemeteries every December.
Gary Reeves, the president of the Tennessee Valley Veterans Benefit said, “Our mission is to serve and honor our veterans.” During the four years that the organization has been in operation, members have raised funds which are used to support projects like the Ringgold Cross & Flag Fund and The Fisher House. Reeves continued, “Both of these organizations honor our vets and their families, and when we found out about Wreaths Across America, we recognized that their mission fit nicely with ours.”
The Tennessee Valley Veterans Benefit is a non-profit organization that raises money to help local veterans in need. Mr. Reeves said, “Every dollar goes to the cause of funding things like home repair, building wheel chair ramps, or other Vet needs as approved by the Tennessee Valley Veterans Benefit members.”
Choo Choo Squadron Commander, Major Kelly Williamson said, “Our squadron has been supporting Wreaths Across America for about a decade, and we are thrilled to receive this donation from the Tennessee Valley Veterans Benefit. This $240 donation will sponsor 16 more wreaths to be placed on the headstones of our veterans at the Chattanooga National Cemetery this December. “
Membership in the Tennessee Valley Veterans Benefit is open to all who would like to help serve the needs of local veterans and honor their service. Being a veteran is not a requirement for membership. The group meets several times each year, usually at the Anchor of Hope Baptist Church in Rossville, following their monthly prayer breakfast. For more information about joining the organization, or making a donation to support their efforts, call Gary Reeves at (423) 580-9558 or send a message through their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tvbenefitride/
Mr. Reeves said, “We are already working towards collecting more funds to support these fine veteran’s organizations, and hope to make a larger donation to Wreaths Across America next year.”
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually.
CAP’s 58,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.