Local VFW supports Ark. Freedom Fund
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.
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.