Lo­cal VFW sup­ports Ark. Free­dom Fund

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana Guthrie [email protected]­ton­courier.com

The Ben­ton VFW Post 2256 has do­nated money to the Arkansas Free­dom Fund to sup­port the group’s work with those in the mil­i­tary, veter­ans, wounded and dis­abled veter­ans and their fam­i­lies through recre­ational out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We are do­ing some re­ally amaz­ing things at the post,” said Quar­ter­mas­ter Michael Flee­man.

The Ben­ton VFW do­nated $500 to the

AFF with money raised from Bingo events held at the fa­cil­ity.

The group hosts Bingo nights on Thurs­day at 5:45 p.m. and Satur­day at 12:15 p.m.

The AFF was cre­ated to pro­vide re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive sup­port through out­door recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties. The goal for the group is “to as­sist our veter­ans get stronger, go faster and not be a statis­tic of loss or fail­ure. If they can dream it, we want to help it hap­pen.”

Founded in 2010 by Mark Leonard, with found­ing board mem­bers Don Kennedy and Fred Stuebe, the non­par­ti­san, non­po­lit­i­cal group aims to help Arkansas veter­ans get

out­doors and be more ac­tive. The group also helps aid other char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions in the state that sup­port those in the mil­i­tary, veter­ans and fam­i­lies of those who served.

In ad­di­tion to Bingo nights, the Ben­ton VFW pro­vides many other op­por­tu­ni­ties for fun and re­cre­ation.

“We have bands on Satur­day the rest of the month and through Septem­ber,” Flee­man said. “The bands are re­ally good, too. Hard Times this Satur­day and the next. Pure Luck the first and third Satur­days of Septem­ber and Crip­ple Creek the sec­ond Satur­day. Crip­ple Creek has a huge fol­low­ing and puts on an awe­some show.”

The VFW also hosts karaoke on Fri­day nights at 8:30 p.m.

“These things all raise money to go to­ward great things and they’re re­ally fun also,” Flee­man said. “We have all new pool ta­bles and even a new shuf­fle­board.”

VFW Post 2256 is lo­cated at 5323 Sleepy Vil­lage Rd. and is open to all who would like to en­joy the events. A per­son does not have to be a vet­eran to visit.

Spe­cial to The Saline Courier

Arkansas Free­dom Fund CEO Rae Brown, left, and founder Mark Leonard, ac­cept a do­na­tion from the VFW Post 2256 Post Com­man­der Steven Thomp­son. The fund pro­vides re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive sup­port for those in the mil­i­tary, veter­ans, wounded/dis­abled veter­ans and their fam­i­lies through recre­ational out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

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