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Local AFSA donates money to veterans

By Airman 1st Class C. Todd Lopez

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (Nov. 26, 1999) -- The Dover Air Force Base chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association presented a $200 check to the Veterans Administration Hospital, Elsmere, Del.

"The funds will be used for recreational purposes for hospital residents," said Chief Master Sgt. Herbert Schlecht, Jr., project coordinator.

"The money can be used to purchase CD's, or used toward a bowling outing for the residents," said Shlecht.

The AFSA decided to donate money to the hospital as part of a Veteran's Day observance.

"We have retired, as well as active duty members in the AFSA," said Schlecht. "We all felt this would be a great opportunity to give back to the veterans that served."

The AFSA did more than donate money during their Veteran's Day visit to the hospital.

"We took donations of books as well as personal items such is shaving cream and talcum powder," said Schlecht. '"We also brought baked goods, cookies, end cakes donated by volunteers from base."

Additionally, volunteers traveled to the hospital to represent the Dover Team, and visit with patients.

"We went up with about 30 volunteers representing the Dover community. There were civil servants, airmen and chiefs," said Schlecht. "We all spent time talking with veterans."

While this is the first time the AFSA has gone to the VA Hospital for a visit, this won't be the last time Dover Team members will be able to visit with veterans from the hospital. "We're setting up a visit to Dover Dec. 16," said Schlecht. "About 20 patients will be coming down with volunteers from the hospital. We are going to have lunch at the Landings, see the working dogs demo, tour the Air Mobility Command Museum, and tour a C-5 aircraft."

Dover Team members wishing to learn more about the Air Force Sergeants Association, or who would like to assist with the December visit from the Veteran's Hospital, may contact Chief Master Sgt. (sel.) Tom Chalk at 6774304, or Chief Master Sgt. Herbert Schlecht, Jr., at 677-4390.