The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 21 on Thursday received a donation of $3,200 from local companies to help Richland County’s veterans with medical needs, mortgages and more.
The effort began with a $1,000 donation from Jackson Well Services of Bellville to George A. Robinson III, senior vice commander of Chapter 21, and his wife, Deborah Robinson, who serves as adjutant of the service organization. Both Robinsons are veterans of the U.S. Air Force.
Mike Bryant of Jackson Well Services decided to ask other local businesses this week to give as well, and several companies gladly donated funds totaling $2,200: Covert Manufacturing, Oak Tree Golf Course, KC’s Steaks & Ribs, Kroger, TOPS Weight Loss, Dr. Andy Mowery and Smith True Value Hardware.
Bryant said it was Jackson Well Services owner Cory Jackson who started the movement.
“This effort is a personal one because Cory Jackson’s father-in-law, Gale ‘Whitey’ Flockerzie, is a disabled veteran of the Vietnam War with a Purple Heart. Bryant said the Jacksons are big philanthropists, donating over the years to many organizations and projects.
Bryant said he plans to contact more business to help local veterans going forward, making helping veterans his personal cause.
Bryant presented the $3,200 donation to the chapter Thursday at DeLong’s office at 597 Park Avenue East.
Tony DeLong, executive director of the Richland County Veterans Services Commission, said all donations go to help Richland County veterans. He said over the past four years, Chapter 21 has given assistance to local veterans totaling over $20,000.
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 21 assists many veterans, including a local veteran who required brain stem cell regeneration in Panama, DeLong said. The chapter provides care and support to wounded veterans of America’s wars. The donation, along with other funds, helps to provide therapy, medical and emotional care and treatment to veterans and their families.