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Some words on the DAV by guest writer Ross Jackman

My name is Ross Jackman; I am Commander of the local DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Audie Murphy Chapter #15 based in Sandpoint, Idaho. Our group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm at the VFW Hall, corner of Division and Pine in Sandpoint. Our meetings are always open to the public.

On behalf of the 130 members of Chapter #15 I would like to take this time to thank Bonner County for their generous support to our veterans. Thanks to you, the DAV van we acquired two-and-one-half years ago is still going strong. Your monies, your time, and behind the scenes help all made this possible.

The DAV van runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday with stops in Montana at Noxon, in Idaho at Clark Fork, Hope, Sandpoint, Laclede, and Priest River, and in Washington at Newport, Diamond Lake, and Chatteroy. 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.

Our thanks to our seven volunteer drivers who have done an outstanding job these last two-and-a-half years. They are Robert Able of Noxon, Mont., Lewis Beebe of Clark Fork, Idaho, Gene Groseclose of Kootenai, Idaho, Keith Nicklish, Robert Wynhausen, and Mike Sanito of Sandpoint, Idaho and Don Carr of Priest River, Idaho. If you know these men, take the time to thank them for a job well done and if you see the van go by, wave. The need for more volunteers is an ongoing task. If you would like to be a driver call Don Carr at the Veterans Service Office at 208-255-5291.

We are in the process of asking for donations for a new van (our old van will be no longer in use in three years). We have a “DAV Van Fund” set up at Sandpoint’s Wells-Fargo Bank. Also, there’s  a donation outlet at Ponderay’s Pacific Iron and Metal Recycling (on Triangle Drive) where you can bring in your aluminum cans and tell them it’s for the DAV. All the monies we collect from donations goes right back to veterans in need right here in Bonner County.

The DAV is instrumental in joint ventures with the other veterans’ organizations in Sandpoint such as the V.V.A. (Vietnam Veterans of America) and VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) in cutting and delivering firewood to the needy, giving to the food bank, helping with food, auto repairs, building wheelchair ramps and home repairs, etc.

Last, but not least, I’d like to take this time to thank everyone who has donated in the past with their monies or time to assist DAV Chapter #15. Please take the time to stop and shake a veteran’s hand and thank him or her for their part in history and in helping all of us to remain free.

If you are interested in joining the DAV, donating to the DAV, or helping us out in future fundraisers (ideas are always welcome!), call me, Ross Jackman, at 208-265-2738 or Russ Fankell, DAV Adjutant, at 208-263-5419. In the meantime, a belated Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!

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