Members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203 are spending this hot Saturday in front of the Walmart on Highway 153. They are raising money for their benevolent fund which provides medical equipment at no charge to veterans in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. That includes wheelchairs, hospital beds, crutches and walkers.
Chapter 203 President Charlie Hobbs said hundreds of pieces of medical supplies have been provided to veterans free of charge. Chapter 203 is the second largest in the United States and is in its 36th year of serving Vietnam veterans and their families.
Chapter members are also signing up new members and will be at the Walmart until 5 p.m. Any Vietnam era veteran is encouraged to join. The chapter meets the third Monday of the month at the Temple Baptist Church off Rossville Boulevard.
The chapter will be fundraising on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20 and 21 at the Walmart in Lafayette.
Chapter President Hobbs said, “Providing this service would be impossible without the outpouring of community support. If the chapter knows of a need and they have the money, the veteran will be taken care of."