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Paralyzed veterans donate $5,000 to Island Creek Project

SoVaNow.com / October 23, 2013


Members of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America presented a $5,000 check to Tom Loftus and Vets On a Roll to support the Island Creek Project, a universal-access fishing pier and park on Buggs Island Lake.

Making the presentation was Terry Labar, Vice President of the PVA chapter. Labar said the members are happy to help realize the dream of creating a 100% handicapped accessible park for veterans “who ask for so little and who have done so much.

He recalled the days when he first returned home, paralyzed. “I would have done anything if someone would have said, ‘Come and enjoy the hospitality,’ a weekend on the lake with no doctors’ appointments or therapy to interfere with my time on the lake.”

Representing the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, in addition to Labar, were President Chuck Willis, sports and recreation director Jimmy May, Treasurer Jeff East, National Director and Hospital Liaison Raymond Kenny, and directors Robert Satterwhite and Terence Smith. Also present was Thomas Quack Sr., Vice Commander of American Legion, Department of Virginia.

Located in Chesterfield County, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter was officially formed in 1947 and is one of the six original co-founding chapters of the organization. With nearly a thousand members, their work continues today to create an America where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to live full and productive lives.

When completed, the Island Creek Project will be a 100% handicapped accessible park with a fishing pier, boat launches, picnic area and restrooms. The park is located on the lake near Townsville, N.C.

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