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DAR gives thanks to vet­er­ans

The Hot Springs of Arkansas Chap­ter Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion thanked Viet­nam vet­er­ans for their ser­vice at a re­cep­tion on Nov. 10.

“Vet­er­ans who at­tended were treated with warm re­spect. The mem­bers of the DAR Chap­ter wel­comed them to tell of their time of duty dur­ing the war. Re­gent Carol Nash Smith pre­sented Viet­nam com­mem­o­ra­tive pins and cer­tifi­cates to them for their ser­vice,” a news re­lease said.

Chap­ter hostesses pro­vided food and re­fresh­ments for all in at­ten­dance. The vet­er­ans and chap­ter mem­bers had a shar­ing time when the men and women could com­pare their own and friends’ ex­pe­ri­ences.

DAR ladies learned of the Dough­nut Dol­lies and how they were a won­der­ful way the Red Cross pro­vided homestyle treats and vis­its to the mil­i­tary dur­ing the var­i­ous con­flicts in Viet­nam and Cam­bo­dia. “The vet­er­ans cher­ish those fond me­mories with warm smiles as they re­mem­bered the last­ing im­pres­sions the dol­lies left be­hind. Some of their other me­mories they did not wish to share. Af­ter all these years they are still haunted. The chap­ter gave them sup­port, en­cour­age­ment, and grat­i­tude,” it said.

Jerry Roberts in­formed ev­ery­one of the Blue Wa­ter Group that is try­ing to get gov­ern­ment sup­port for vet­er­ans who have med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions due to the mil­i­tary’s use of Agent Orange in Viet­nam.

HSV Evening Lions raise aware­ness about di­a­betes

HOT SPRINGS VIL­LAGE — Since di­a­betes is one of the lead­ing causes of blind­ness, Lion Clubs In­ter­na­tional has asked all Lion Clubs to hold events to bring aware­ness to this world­wide grow­ing prob­lem, and the Hot Springs Vil­lage Evening Lions Club has re­sponded in kind.

Most peo­ple know some­one, maybe in their own fam­ily, who has been af­fected by di­a­betes. Novem­ber was Di­a­betes Aware­ness month, and Nov. 14 was Di­a­betes Aware­ness Day. For the Lions’ di­a­betes aware­ness event this year, mem­bers set up a canopy on Nov. 9 and spent the en­tire day in the HSV Wal­mart park­ing lot. These 11 Lions wanted to talk to any­one who might be at risk and handed out in­for­ma­tion about di­a­betes and the problems as­so­ci­ated with the dis­ease.

The HSV Evening Lions have mem­bers who are di­a­betic or pre­di­a­betic, so raising aware­ness takes on a very per­sonal mean­ing, a news re­lease said. Al­though not the pri­mary goal of the event, some par­tic­i­pants wanted to do­nate to help Lions in their fight against di­a­betes. “The club is very ap­pre­cia­tive of that sup­port and we want to re­mind peo­ple that all work is done by 100 per­cent Lions vol­un­teers. The money raised by Lions goes to char­i­ties that pro­vide ser­vices to the blind, and in the case of di­a­betes, the Amer­i­can Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion of Arkansas and Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Fund (JDRF). JDRF sup­ports re­search to find a cure for chil­dren with type 1 di­a­betes,” it said.

Call Club Pres­i­dent Jack Wells at 501-984-3175 or the mem­ber­ship chair, Ed Smith, at 214-738-4362, or visit http:// hsve­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Sub­mit­ted photo

PRE­SEN­TA­TION: Hot Springs of Arkansas Chap­ter Re­gent Carol Nash Smith be­stows com­mem­o­ra­tive Viet­nam pins and cer­tifi­cates to J.C. Marks, one of eight vet­er­ans hon­ored. Smith’s hus­band, Gor­don, is in the fore­ground. He also served as chap­lain for the U.S. Marines and forces along­side them.

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