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DAV chapter gives community opportunity to help hospitalized veterans

PERU While the Veterans Administration strives to provide the best possible medical care for our nations hospitalized veterans, services provided by volunteers are very important in improving a veterans hospital stay. Disabled American Veterans Chapter 179 has undertaken a project to collect monetary donations and wish list items for the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany. Our DAV Chapter is always involved in volunteer work, explained chapter commander Steve Bowman. A lot of the things we do are for local causes, but wed also like to help the veterans hospital covering this area. Mr. Bowman explained monetary donations would be used for projects such as taking hospitalized veterans out into the community to attend community events. Some money will be used to purchase such simple things as wheelchair cup holders or maintenance of the hospitals fish tanks. The Stratton VA Medical Center also furnished the DAV with a wish List of needed items. The wish list includes cans of decaffeinated coffee, non-dairy creamer, sugar, tea, mens sneakers (all sizes, new), shower shoes (flip-flops), hairbrushes and winter gloves. All the public has to do is contact any member of our committee and we will be more than happy to pick up their items, said Mr. Bowman. For more information or to make donations, contact Mr. Bowman at 565-4720; senior vice commander Gary Hamel, 643-9781; adjutant Carmon Rust, 643-2307; service officer Robin Stein, 643-9257; or past commander Paul Dumas, 562-4042. Checks may be made payable to the DAV and mailed in care of Mr. Bowman at the Veterans Service Agency, 137 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901. DAV Chapter 179 has many ongoing local programs. Projects include development of the Veterans Park on the U.S. Oval and fundraising to help veterans in need of financial assistance. Last summer, the chapter raised money to purchase an air conditioner for a veteran who was having breathing problems in his home. The DAV also operates a van driven by volunteers that transports veterans to the Albany VA Hospital several times every month.

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