Thanks for help with Va­ca­tions for Vets pro­gram

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I am very proud to be in­volved with Va­ca­tions for Vets. This or­ga­ni­za­tion is a non­profit group of vol­un­teers that in­vites com­bat vet­er­ans to South­ern Mary­land for a week­end of rest and re­lax­ation with their fam­ily. They are pa­tients from var­i­ous lo­cal vet­er­ans hos­pi­tals, and the week­end is tar­geted at as­sist­ing in their re­cov­ery. They are housed at lo­cal re­treats and pro­vided meals. Also, they get to en­joy planned ac­tiv­i­ties.

Re­cently, V4V hosted a poker run for mo­tor­cy­cles and clas­sic cars. Ap­prox­i­mately 100 ve­hi­cles par­tic­i­pated in this money-rais­ing event. All par­tic­i­pants were given a T-shirt and a meal at the end of the poker run. This year, the Amer­i­can Le­gion post in Ridge pro­vided the food. V4V would like to thank them for their hos­pi­tal­ity, as well as the rid­ers, par­tic­i­pants and spon­sors for this event.

On be­half of V4V, I would also like to thank Lt. Tom White of the Leonard­town bar­rack of the Mary­land State Po­lice; 1st Sgt. Brett A. Can­field of the MSP’s mo­tor­cy­cle unit; and Sgt. Jon Bur­roughs of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice traf­fic op­er­a­tions unit for pro­vid­ing the po­lice es­cort for the safety of the par­tic­i­pants rid­ing in the poker run. It was a safe and fun event.

I have talked with some of our vet­er­ans se­lected to spend the week­end, and re­al­ize just how valu­able this pro­gram is — and how much the vet­er­ans ap­pre­ci­ate and en­joy our hos­pi­tal­ity in beau­ti­ful South­ern Mary­land. Some of them have had their first boat ride, first time fish­ing, and first time en­joy­ing our de­li­cious seafood.

I would like to en­cour­age and in­vite oth­ers to join us in pro­vid­ing this an­nual week­end for our vet­er­ans. V4V is a worth­while or­ga­ni­za­tion and al­lows us to ap­pre­ci­ate our vet­er­ans of com­bat in the armed forces.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Con­nie Pen­ning­ton, the lo­cal di­rec­tor of V4V, or give me a call at 301-536-3603.

Dan Mor­ris, Me­chan­icsville The writer is a former St. Mary’s County com­mis­sioner.

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