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Thanks to all those who support our area veterans

My name is Ross Jackman; I am the Commander of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Audie Murphy Chapter #15 in Sandpoint. We meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm, at the VFW hall on the corner of Division and Pine in Sandpoint, Idaho.

On behalf of Sandpoint’s 130 members of DAV Chapter #15, I’d like to thank the community for your generous support in helping our veterans.

We have had the new DAV van up and running for almost one year, and thank you to those who have donated monies, their time, and behind the scenes help. Without your support we would not be where we are today 

The DAV Van runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with stops in Noxon, Montana, Clark Fork, Hope, Sandpoint, Laclede and Priest River in Idaho, and Newport, Diamond Lake and Chattaroy, Washington. Call (509-434-7019) for an appointment. Remember: Any veteran can ride the van if he or she has an appointment at the VA in Spokane.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our nine volunteer drivers: Robert Able of Noxon, Mont., Lewis Beebe and Raymond Kemp of Clark Fork, Idaho, Gene Groseclose of Kootenai, Idaho, Keith Nickisch, Robert Wynhausen, Tim Trimble and Mike Trenholm of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Steven Duffey of Cocolalla, Idaho. If you know these men, tell them thank you for helping the veterans, or when you see the new 12 passenger van go by, wave. They are doing an OUTSTANDING service for our community, and the veterans. 

The need for more volunteers is an ongoing task; if you would like to volunteer to be a driver, contact Don Carr, Bonner County Veterans Services, 208-255-5291.

If you are interested in donating to the DAV we have a donation outlet at Ponderay’s Pacific Iron & Metal, Triangle Drive. Bring in your aluminum cans, and tell them it’s for the DAV of Sandpoint. Every cent we collect from donations goes right back to the veterans who are in need in Bonner County. 

The DAV is instrumental in joint ventures with the other veterans’ organization in Sandpoint, i.e. VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America), VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) by giving to the five food banks in and around Bonner County, helping veterans and their families in need, with building ramps, home repairs, cutting firewood, delivering same, the Veterans Stand-Down at the Bonner County Fair Grounds, and wherever we can be of service. 

Last but not least I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated in the past with monies, or helped the Veterans of Chapter #15. The outpouring of your generous support to all veterans, and specially on Veterans Day, with food, discounts, dinners, subs, brought tears to an old vet’s eyes, like me. I want to “THANK YOU ALL” from the bottom of my heart.

Stacey’s Country Kitchen served 175 meals; The Sub Shop served 262 subs, Connie’s discounts on meals, Papa Murphy’s pizza discounts, free meals from the Elks, Babs Pizzeria’s free desserts and discounts, free meals in Coeur d’Alene from Applebees, Texas Road House and Red Robin, free appetizers at Outback. If there is any organization I have left out, I humbly apologize.

Please take the time to stop and thank a veteran for his or her part in history and helping us (Americans) feel free.

If you are interested in joining the DAV, or donating to the DAV contact me, Ross D. Jackman, 208-265-2738. or Russ Fankell 208-263-5419.

Take care and have a Great Merry Christmas, and a Better New Year. 

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