Wounded Warrior Project Effort Underway

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Saturday's Wounded Warrior Project duck hunt and banquet will help raise funds for the purchase of Action Track Chairs such as this one for veteran service centers in Northeast Arkansas. (courtesy photo)

The Northeast Arkansas affiliate of the Wounded Warrior Project will host their annual duck hunt and banquet this weekend, one of their major fundraisers of the year. This year the proceeds from the effort are earmarked to purchase "Action Track Chairs," known as off-road wheelchairs, for local veteran services center in the region.

Event organizers also report one of the machines will be available for viewing by the public at several locations, include veteran's services offices, in the region. The visit to the Clay County office in Piggott is set for Thursday, Dec. 5.

A representative of the chair manufacturer was scheduled to visit KAIT-TV on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and appear on the 11 a.m. newscast with Diana Davis. Then, from 1 to 4 p.m. the chair was scheduled to be on display at the Craighead County courthouse election annex, located at 314 Jefferson Avenue in Jonesboro.

The following day, Thursday, Dec. 5, the chair will be on display from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lawrence County courthouse in Walnut Ridge. Then, from 1 to 4 p.m. that afternoon it will be on display at the Clay County Veteran's Services office in the courthouse in Piggott.

On Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon, it will be on display at the Greene County courthouse in Paragould. And, that afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. it will be at the banquet site in Pocahontas.

The banquet is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Black River Technical College banquet facility, Highway 304 East in Pocahontas. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. The event will feature a meal prepared by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation Cooking Team from Little Rock, a silent auction and live auction. The program will also include a special veteran's tribute to Pearl Harbor, as the event falls on the anniversary of the attack.

The event is open to the public, and those wanting more information may contact Vermalene Smith CVSO, at 870 933-4598 or 870 219-6204.

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