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Veteran's organizations aim to serve community
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The Veterans Advisory Committee met recently with VFW commander Daniel Fleisher, American Legion commander Jim Weller, and Marine Corps commandant Doug Deitz in attendance.
Deitz wants the public to know veteran’s organizations are here to help.
The Marine Corp League has been in existence two years this month. According to Deitz, membership is slow. The organization is planning a Poker Run at the end of September, will have a booth at the Autumn Street Fair, and will sponsor a car show Oct. 13.
“These are ways to raise money for operating expenses,” said Deitz.
Three veterans from the organization will be attending the national Marine Corp League convention in Mobile, Ala., at the end of this month.
Fleisher wants to remind everyone the VFW, located at 3340 Sparta Highway, has an excellent restaurant with a varied menu available to everyone. “The VFW is family oriented. Come out and eat. You don’t have to come into the bar to enter the restaurant. We have the best steaks around. You do not have to be a veteran to come and eat at the VFW,” said Fleisher.
The restaurant is open for business every day from 5-10 p.m.
Fleisher said the VFW is also recruiting new members and will be holding a cookout and membership drive Sept. 8.
The VFW sponsors the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen writing contests for area students, as well as an annual fishing rodeo for individuals with special needs.
American Legion Post 173 held a recent ceremony to dispose of worn and tattered flags. It has been having flag retirement ceremonies each year for over 50 years. The American Legion gathers worn and tattered flags throughout the year and makes sure they are disposed of properly. They follow the National Flag Code in the ceremonies.
 Worn or tattered flags may be left in a receptacle at the Warren County Administrative Building at 201 Locust Street.
The Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs continues to work to identify additional sources of funding to ensure the future of veterans outreach programs, state cemeteries and state veterans homes.
Tennessee’s veteran population is 501,907 with 2,906 veterans living in Warren County. Warren County was awarded $4.27 million in funds during 2010-11, averaging a little over $1,471 per veteran.