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Love Each Other – Gig Line #116

GIG LINE

By Marsha M. Brown

Over the past few months I’ve received numerous emails and phone calls from faithful readers of GIG LINE and I’m grateful. Of course it goes without saying that every writer appreciates their work being read but even more than that, it means veterans and people who care about them are paying attention to what’s going on for our veterans in Dare County. The steady favorable communications that we’ve been receiving substantiate that we’re all on the right course together and that we are making a difference.

When a veteran expresses his or her appreciation for GIG LINE and that often times my words are ‘their’ words…I know God is using me for good. Positive feedback from GIG LINE is like warm hugs from my grandkids and sweet little kisses from my veteran hero Billy…it makes me happy. Countless Dare County folks care deeply about you (vets) and   many have thoughts to share and visions to reveal that will help our military men and women fully grasp their value, their contribution and our admiration of them. Hopefully our older population of veterans already know how much they are remembered and savored and that we hope their legacy will inspire our younger population to follow their lead. Veterans have fought for America with courage, conviction and pride and I like so many are thankful for all who have served here at home and on unfriendly foreign soil.

Through grocery store isle conversations and almost everywhere we go, it’s apparent that folks want to know the veterans who live on their street, sit beside them at work etc. and it’s obvious that our veteran community support and fellowship is growing. Even though GIG LINE is long winded (to say the least) folks still read it sorting through the mushy references to my sweetie pie to get to the meat and potatoes; veterans tell me they identify with other veterans they read about who have had similar experiences and confirmation that readers want to hear about veterans in general is a really good sign.

Newsflash!

(1) Veterans who are interested in the American Legion Fort Raleigh Post 26 which hold their monthly meetings each 4th Tuesday at 12:00 Noon (lunch served) and/or the V.F.W. Outer Banks Post 10950 which hold their monthly meetings each 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 PM can find the Post located at 302 W. Lake Dr., Kill Devil Hills (look for ‘T-Tops Souvenir Shop’ on the by-pass just south of McDonalds and turn west  the Legion Hall is the 2nd building on the right). Members have just established new  hours when the Hall is open to accommodate veterans who wish to stop by to join, transfer their memberships, pick up information about exposure to Agent Orange and the  Veteran Benefit Booklet or just to socialize with fellow comrades between the newhours of every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Also, on the Wednesday schedule and if you are a local veteran, you can also obtain your Dare County Veteran I. D. Card but you must bring your DD-214 showing ‘Honorable’ discharge and your proof of local residency, namely your Driver’s License.

(2) IF you cannot go to the Legion Hall on a Wednesday to get your ‘Card’, me at (252) 202-2058 and we’ll make arrangements to meet you. Remember the ‘Card’ entitles you to discounts of 10% – 15% and even 20% at 32 local businesses who wish to express their gratitude for your service to our country.

(3) Many veteran related events are forthcoming this fall – keep posted, ask vet friends to read GIG LINE in order to keep up and guys and gals…stick together. Join your local Legion and/or V.F.W.  They need you and you need them.

(4) Please keep abreast of what the North Carolina Aquarium – Roanoke Island will be doing this September 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th. The Aquarium staff has big plans underway to again host an event to honor Wounded Warriors and benefit our Dare County veterans too.  

Its hard to phantom but there are many veterans in need – please take the time to search them out. Perhaps they are not yet receiving V.A. benefits or are not in the system yet; maybe they need a ramp or new set of stairs at their home; maybe they could use some extra groceries; maybe…they just need a friend. Please take the time to inquire at your workplace and your church as to who might be a veteran that you don’t already know, then, take the time to reach out to meet them, thank them and offer your help.

Until next time, be happy, be safe and be proud. Love each other and love our country. Americans are the glue that holds America together…we all need each other and we all need to protect the freedoms we hold dear. As always God bless you and your family and please call Billy or I (see phone #’s above) if we can be of help to you or a fellow veteran that you know. Keep the emails and phone calls coming…we treasure each and every one. God bless you and as always, stay tuned…

Contact the Editor

Marsha M. Brown has been writing a weekly Gig Line since 2012.  Marsha is the widow of Vietnam War, U.S. Army, veteran Billy Brown of Manteo, NC.  She was instrumental in establishing the Dare County Veterans Advisory Council and maintains an active role in the veteran community. You can reach Marsha with questions or suggestions at editor@giglineheroes.com.  Have a story to tell or a veteran to feature? She would love to hear from you!

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