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Friday, Jan. 21, 2005
 

Dear Editor:

Over the past four years, the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Steel City Branch 253, has sponsored veterans' workshops throughout Fayette County. The main purpose of these workshops was to inform the veterans on what benefits and services were available to them and their dependents and to convince Veterans Affairs (VA) that Fayette County needed a VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).

These same veterans conducted a letter-writing campaign to their representatives in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., regarding a CBOC. It was through their efforts that the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System announced it will be opening a primary care center for veterans in Uniontown.

On behalf of the FRA, Steel City Branch 253, I would like to thank all the veterans who attended the veterans' workshops and wrote to their representatives, especially the following individuals and their organizations: Victor Kozares, past commander United War Veterans of Uniontown; Donald Burd, past commander United Veterans Association of Fayette County; Pat Britt, commander AMVETS Post 103; Kenneth Grimm, representing Catholic War Veterans Post 1669; Dan Martin, commandant Marine Corps League; John Kenes, commander Military Order of the Purple Heart; Frank Voytek, commander Vietnam Veterans Inc.; and Robert Hixson Jr., VA director of Fayette County.

With our coordinated efforts, we will continue to protect and improve the hard-earned benefits of our veterans, reservists and National Guard personnel. If, we, as veterans, don't support our troops and fellow veterans, how can we expect others to help?

J. R. Smith,

Fleet Reserve Association

Hopwood

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