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Vietnam Veterans of America 970 gives fundraising checks to local organizations
Left to right: Melinda Frausto of Rainbow Children’s Home, Bill Martin VVA 970 President, Karla Owens, Von Stephens, and Rhonda Rogers of Hospice of NE Georgia, Dan Solla and Thatcher Helton of PTSD USA, and Jill Alexander of Dawson County Family Connection. (photo courtesy of Don Brown)

The North Georgia Mountains Chapter 970 Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA 970) recently presented checks from its 2021 fundraising to several local organizations, according to a press release by the group. 

“Thanks to those that purchased tickets for our 2021 raffle and the many donors,” the release said, “we were able to honor our commitments and prepare for scholarships.” 

At the organization’s Dec. 13 meeting, checks for $1000 were presented to Rainbow Children’s Home from Dahlonega, Hospice of Northeast Georgia from Gainesville, PTTSD USA and Dawson County Family Connection. A $1000 check was also presented to Gina Johnson, the winner of the raffle grand prize, but she returned the check to the VVA 970 to use in the chapter’s scholarship program. 

A separate $1000 presentation was made in Dahlonega to Lumpkin Family Connection. Another check has also been prepared for the Senior Propane fund in Dawson County and another check has been delivered to No One Alone. 

This year, the VVA 970 will once again award scholarships to seniors in Dawson and Lumpkin County High Schools. 

“The emphasis is to support cadets of the High School Junior ROTC and students who have daily members that are or were veterans,” the release said. 

The VVA 970 provides support to veterans in need and gift cards to patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Christmas time and young soldier families at the Fifth Ranger Training Battalion at Camp Merrill. The chapter also has a long-standing partnership with Home Depot to help provide external repairs or replacements for veteran homes.