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VVA draws TV raffle winner

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Larry Long, left, and Ed Boger, center left, watch on Monday as Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Hering Kent and Cherokee County Veteran's Affairs Director Dana Evans draw the winning name for a 47-inch LCD flat screen TV that was part of the Holiday Fundraiser for the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 888 of Cherokee County. Photo by Mike Leckband
Dana Evans, Cherokee County Veteran Affairs Director and member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 888 of Cherokee County, invited Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Hering Kent to the Veterans Affairs office on Monday to draw the winner of the VVA's Holiday Fundraiser.

The VVA has been selling $5 chances for a 47-inch LCD flat screen Television since Veterans Day to raise funds to purchase a 6x12-foot enclosed trailer. The intended use of this trailer will be for Cherokee County Veterans.

Evans stated that any veteran in Cherokee County would be able to use the trailer whenever they have use for it.

Evans also stated that they have had additional help raising funds for this project. He credits Cherokee State Bank, Northwest Realty, and KCHE. Evans said that when the trailer arrives Mick Samsel of Creative Services in Cherokee would be doing the lettering on the trailer.

"This is all part of what we have been trying to do here in Cherokee and that's Veterans Helping Veterans," said Evans. Evans also hopes that this trailer can be a draw to get more veterans in Cherokee County to come into the office and apply for benefits and programs that most service personal are unaware that they are entitled to.

"Veterans have a lot of needs and one of those basic needs is trust. They need trust to be able to talk some things out. Just having that opportunity here really helps a lot of veterans out," said Evans.

"I try to surround this office so that it makes people feel comfortable and that makes them comfortable," added Evans.

"We get calls from veterans from all over the nation here in this little office. Just recently I got a call from a veteran in Las Vegas, Nev. He wanted to know were he could receive help so I pointed him to a person he could talk to near him. He later sent me $250 to be donated to the Humane Society. It's things like that is what this office is all about," said Evans.

As for the winner of the drawing, Nicole Hoskinson of Cherokee was the lucky recipient of the TV of the 370 people that entered. Her father stopped in to the VA Office prior to the drawing on Monday and bought 10 chances and signed his daughter's name on the tickets.

A Christmas surprise, no doubt.

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