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Trinity County Wall of Honor Society raises funds for Vets
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By Dr. Sharon Schuetz

On Saturday, October 28, the Trinity County Veterans Wall of Honor Society and many of their supporters met at Scheelbillie's Saloon on FM356 in Trinity and successfully raised funds in their annual tailgate benefit that helps the veterans of Trinity County. Between pre-ticket sales and the auction, the event raised over $16,000. The goal of the Trinity County Veterans Wall of Honor Society is to help veterans in need. The society has been aiding veterans for more than ten-years. They provide help to veterans who need it by such acts as building wheelchair ramps and renovating and building handicapped accessible bathrooms for wheelchair-bound veterans. The group does its work without a lot of fanfare and no expense to the veteran. They have worked on a lot of handicapped accessible bathrooms, rebuilding the entire bathroom for disabled veterans. In addition to making veterans' homes handicapped accessible, the Society also provides gas cards to help get veterans to VA clinics in Houston. There is no cost to the veteran. The Society relies solely on donations, and their annual fundraiser is their October Tailgate Party. This event features which features food, fun, and an auction of items and gift certificates, and lots of laughter for everyone. Veterans must be honorably discharged from any of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and a resident of Trinity County to receive help. They must also show a DD-214 form with at least 180 days served. Sadly, many veterans don't ask for help for one reason or another, while many of them go without help because they don't want to ask. They help an estimated 25 veterans a year, installing wheelchair ramps, handrails, hot water heaters, even replacing roofs and renovating and replacing bathrooms, and they have also helped spouses of deceased veterans and their children. The help is immediate, so the veteran doesn't have to go through the red tape of so many other organizations. The Veteran's Wall of Honor Society is hoping to encourage younger veterans to get involved with them. Able bodied volunteers are needed to assist with these projects. The Trinity County Veterans Wall of Honor Society meets the first Monday of every month at Scheelbillie's at 6 PM. If anyone is interested in helping or if they have someone that might qualify for assistance please contact Tim McCrory (936-577-8689), Bill Reeves (936-661-7107). or Randy Barclay (936-933-0953).

 

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