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Ron Wade exhibits his patriotism simply earlier than taking part within the 2016 Gallatin Veterans Day Parade.(Photo: Matthew Diggs/For the News Examiner)

Marine Corps. veteran Ron Wade has had a restaurant invoice paid by an nameless buyer, been thanked by younger youngsters for his service, and had unsolicited badist from space companies for the American Legion Post 17 in Gallatin. 

Post commander and U.S. Navy and Coast Guard veteran Joseph Pinkoski has even had badociates discover a welcoming neighborhood towards veterans.

“I’ve had company come and visit that are retired military say, ‘Darn, people here love veterans,'” Pinkoski mentioned. “They couldn’t believe it.”

It’s the character of Sumner County. 

The county is house to quite a lot of organizations led by veterans and their households to help different veterans in want, whether or not it is by giving meals, serving to with paperwork and even offering a house. 

Businesses are also fast to badist the organizations by means of donations or reductions. 

“They’re really good about helping us out,” Wade mentioned. “That’s what really nice about Sumner County.”

Home for veterans

U.S. Army veteran Fred Forte moved to the Sumner County Veterans Home to be nearer to the VA Hospital. Forte has one eye, and poor imaginative and prescient in it. 

“It’s convenient for me to live here,” he mentioned. “They’re always doing something to make it better.”

American Legion Post 17 in Gallatin bought the motel in 1990 and turned it into an reasonably priced place for veterans and veterans’ sons to dwell. They should have an revenue to qualify, and every room has a mattress, lavatory, fridge, microwave and TV.

U.S. Navy veteran Jamie Fay has lived within the Sumner County Veterans Home for 11 years. 

“We got a friendship,” he mentioned about his neighbors. “We got a lot in common. It’s a great place to live.”

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Veterans organizations in Sumner County

Many organizations badist veterans in want of meals or a last-minute invoice, along with a number of different initiatives.

Veteran’s Service Office: This authorities workplace helps veterans apply for VA claims, well being advantages enrollments, badist and extra. 

American Legion Post 17 in Gallatin: Serving the neighborhood since 1919, the submit owns and operates the Sumner County Veterans Home, gives honor guards for funerals, sponsors slightly league, organizes the Gallatin Veterans Parade, takes needy households purchasing in Christmas for Kids, and helps veterans in want. 

American Legion Post 290 in Hendersonville: A brand new group, the submit helps manage the Hendersonville Veterans Parade, does instructional occasions at colleges, companions with Culver’s to function waitresses on the 22nd each month to lift consciousness for the typical 22 veterans who commit suicide each day. 

Both posts even have auxiliary and biker teams who serve veterans.

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Veterans can obtain badist in quite a lot of methods, from meals to say submitting, on the VFW Post 9851 in Hendersonville. (Photo: Jen Todd / The Tennessean)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9851: Established in 1948, the submit organizes a meals pantry for veterans and their households each Saturday, provides scholarships for college kids, gives meals and toys for the needy at Christmas time, works with Volunteer State Community College’s library for veterans to buy books.

There can be a Booster Club for veterans who didn’t serve throughout instances of battle.

Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 240: Chartered in 1986, the VVA helps with the meals pantry, maintains the Sumner County Veterans Park, provides scholarships to college students, gives flag, honor and colour guard for occasions.

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Sumner Chapter: Strictly for officers, the group helps the JROTC models at Station Camp High School and Hendersonville High School, collects presents for the USMCR Toys for Tots program and meals donations for the native meals financial institution at Christmastime.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 95: This chapter helps disabled veterans by serving to them get hold of advantages by means of the VA and battle for laws to learn disabled veterans and their households.

Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County additionally helps restore properties of veterans.

Working towards identical aim

Because the county is house to so many organizations serving veterans in varied methods, the Sumner County Veterans Council was created to keep open communication. 

“Everybody tries to work together,” mentioned VFW Post 9851 treasurer Bob Bentrum.

When one group can not badist a veteran with a selected process, it is aware of who can badist.

“My big thing is you’re a veteran, you’re a veteran,” Pinkoski mentioned. “I don’t care what organization you’re from; we’re all one.”

Upcoming veterans occasions

  • The Gallatin Veterans Day Parade options a number of veterans organizations, faculty marching bands and cheerleaders, Mayor Paige Brown, Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt and extra. It begins on the Calvin Short Football Field at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.
  • QSA Foundation of Tennessee hosts These Colors Don’t Run Red, White and Blue Walk/Run to badist homeless veterans. The run is from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at Tripile Creek Park in Gallatin. Registration is $25, $15 for veterans at or e-mail [email protected]

Sumner County’s veterans by the numbers

  • There had been 12,109 veterans in Sumner County in 2015 (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Almost 15 p.c of the inhabitants had been veterans in 2016
  • 22 p.c of Sumner County’s senior residents are veterans (Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability)
  • In 2012, Sumner County had 1,265 companies owned by veterans

Any veterans fighting emotional misery or suicidal ideas can contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, press 1, www.VeteransCrisisLine.internet, or textual content 838255. 

Reach Jen Todd at 615-575-7143, [email protected] or on Twitter @jentoddwrites. 

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