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Cancer survivor, mother of 3 ready for deployment
San Jacinto News- Times
CAMILLA – Legionnaire member and active duty soldier Amanda McCollum was the honored guest of American Legion Post 629 and a family fun fest hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary June 19. McCollum is stationed with the E-3 of the 4th Infantry Division 1-4 ARB stationed in Fort Hood, Texas where she is one of the few female Apache helicopter mechanics in the military. The Conroe native and cancer survivor is scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan later this summer. While she is away serving her country her mother, Laura Morrow, will care for her three children, Destiny 14 and twins Jaycob and Justin, age 4. McCollum placed a U.S. fl ag on the lighted tree at the post where it will be displayed as long as she is in the military. “Post 629 American Legion Auxiliary helped create the lighted tree because during the holidays so many of our troops cannot be home and a lot of them have few family members to welcome them home. So where ever they are serving in the world or what time of the year, they will have a lighted tree at the Post and an extended family thinking of them,” said Dale Everitt, post commander. Saturday’s events were designed to give children free access to a day of supervised fun that included water games, moonwalk and a dunking booth, according to Everitt. “Games started at 10 a.m. and lasted until the afternoon heat would not play fair and then activities moved indoors for karaoke. This was followed by the first deviled egg contest that was judged by San Jacinto County officials Judge Fritz Faulkner, Sheriff James Walters, Constable Verlon Powdrill and Deputy Constable Roy Rogers,” Everitt said. First place winner was Linda Arrendell, second place Kate Carroll, third place was a tie between Joel Love and Sharon Charron. The American Legion Auxiliary with almost one million members is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with the American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals. The auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans and raises millions of dollars to supp0ort its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.