DAV auxiliary prepares valentines for veterans

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WAYNESBURG – Members of the auxiliary of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 123 of Waynesburg purchased and wrote messages on 1,300 valentines that will be delivered to veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Some of the members brought valentines to the office of Dalene Watson, Greene County’s director of veterans affairs Thursday. Watson’s office will be in charge of seeing that the valentines get to the hospital.

“This is just wonderful,” Watson said. “Everyone thinks about the veterans at Christmas, making sure they receive a gift, but for the other 11 months, nothing is done. Now, the vets can say ‘they still remember me.’”

John Jenkins, senior vice commander of the DAV auxiliary, said, “We all say, ‘God bless America,’ but we are saying, ‘God bless the veterans,’ and this is our way of saying thank you to our heroes.”

The auxiliary began putting the valentines together the first part of January, said Ramona Jenkins. “It took us about a month to bring this together,” she said. “And we couldn‘t have done it without donations from our members.”

There are 63 members of the auxiliary, and approximately 500 members of the DAV in Greene County.

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