December 20th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Group brings gifts to veterans at local nursing homes


Members of a Vietnam Veterans organization are giving older warriors a tip of the hat for the holiday – and they’re providing the hat, as well.

Photo by Brandon Hicks Emily Dugger gives Coast Guard veteran Louise Lane a hat and a hug.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Emily Dugger gives Coast Guard veteran Louise Lane a hat and a hug.

Veterans at two local nursing homes were given early Christmas presents Thursday by members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 824.

Club members will visit six nursing homes to provide each veteran with a hat – a black ballcap featuring the veteran’s branch of service and the conflict served in. Members of the group visited Hermitage Health Care and Hillview Health Center Thursday afternoon to present the hats.

“We wanted to do something for the veterans,” said chapter member Dean Blevins. “We wanted to say ‘Merry Christmas’ and share a small token of our appreciation.”

“This is about saying ‘thank you’,” Blevins said to the veterans at Hermitage Health Care.

“When you were serving in World War II or Korea, we were flipping marbles or learning how to ride a bike. You fought to protect our freedoms.”

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