Disabled American Veterans give back during holiday season

Published 7:08 pm Wednesday, December 21, 2022

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The William “Bill” Cannion Chapter 100 of the Disabled American Veterans delivered 25 Christmas boxes of food to Lowndes County veterans and their families on Dec. 10.

Chapter members prepared the Christmas boxes with the help of donations from community partners like Hayneville Ag, which gave 25 hens to the effort.

Lisa McDay is an active military member serving as adjutant for the DAV chapter.

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“We prepared and delivered 15 Thanksgiving boxes to veterans and their families during Thanksgiving week,” McDay said.

DAV groups help provide veterans with assistance to reach benefits and services they earn through the military. Chapter 100 is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower veterans to lead fulfilled, high-quality lives with respect and dignity.

Volunteer veterans work in local groups with a focus on helping veterans in their area and DAV Chapter 100 conducts outreach services to Lowndes County veterans and help when disabled veterans need transportation or connections to government agencies which assist with caregiving.

“What we do is try to ensure that we get out and contact veterans and their families,” said DAV Commander Jessie Bowie. “We want to be an avenue for them in getting the benefits they serve and have fought for. We have a lot of veterans who are not able to use technology, so they may not be aware of the resources available.”

DAV chapters respond to the needs of a veteran’s entire family and participate in other outreach events like the DAV 5K run, the Annual Sheriff “Big John” Williams Golf tournament and providing 100 bags of school supplies for Lowndes County schools.

Chapter 100 operates out of the Charles Smith Annex Building at 205 E. Tuskeena Street in Hayneville with certified service officers available by appointment Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Jessie Bowie at (334) 538-8260 or Lisa McDay at 9334) 380-1507.