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Disabled American Veterans chapter donates chair

September 09, 2009

On Sept. 1, Disabled American Veterans Ralph S. Tagg Jr. Chapter 14, Hagerstown, donated a bariatric phlebotomy chair to the VA Medical Center -- Hagerstown on Opal Court.

"This new chair will be very beneficial in the lab when treating obese veterans. All veterans can now be seated comfortably while being treated," said Ellyse Lamont, clinic coordinator at the medical center.

In addition to providing items to support the VA Medical Center -- Hagerstown, DAV Chapter 14 donates to support activities and provide items for the veterans at the Martinsburg (W.Va.) VA Medical Center. The organization also donates to charities like Fisher House, which provides lodging for families of service members wounded and hospitalized.

Each year DAV Chapter 14 -- a group of approximately 435 service-connected disabled veterans -- holds a fundraiser called the Forget Me Not Drive. The drive, which consists of passing out small blue Forget Me Nots to solicit donations, is the primary fundraiser.

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Chapter members will be conducting the drive at the following locations during September:

o Sept. 11 and 12 -- Walmart on Garland Groh Boulevard

o Sept. 17 and 18 -- Tractor Supply on Massey Boulevard

o Sept. 25 and 26 -- Penn Avenue Meats on Pennsylvania Avenue

o you are unable to visit one of these locations and would like to make a donation to the drive, make checks payable to DAV Chapter 14, Forget Me Not Drive and mail to DAV Chapter 14, c/o Ernie Unger, 11837 Hanging Rock Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722-1058.

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