Supporting veterans

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Some of the long-term residents at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center received a special visit to the Pinecroft Volunteer Fire Company Station 23 in honor of their service to our country. The veterans were greeted by fire company officials and bingo players. Fire company president Joe Dennis Jr. announced the name of each veteran and distinguished guest, along with their rank and era served. The veterans were treated to dinner before playing bingo. Shown are (from left): seated – Sgt. Jack Weaver (Army, WWII), SP5 Harry Murphy (Army, Vietnam), Sgt Harry Plows (Army, WWII), Sgt. Sam Ritchey (Air Force, Korea), SP1 Phil Cole (Army, post-Vietnam), Chuck Yarnell (Air Force) and PFC Sam Black (Army, Korea); standing – John Foy (VVA Chapter 967), Lloyd Peck (Armed Forces Day Committee), Bob Corman (VFW Bellefonte), Steve Ackers (VVA Chapter 967), Jim Chandler (40&8, Port Matilda), Steve Cunningham (treasurer of the fire company), Joe Dennis Jr. (president of the fire company), Ray Glass (Blair County Veterans Honor Guard), Terence Mosey (EMT, Station 23), Calvin Neidimeyer (firefighter, Station 23), Denny Macfarland (firefighter, Station 23), Jackie Weaver (district president, American Legion Auxiliary), PFC Jane Black (Army, Vietnam), Pattie Stowell (hospital representative), Andy Stowell (adjutant, American Legion Post 424) and Denny Shaw (firefighter, Station 23). Not pictured are Tiffany Shaw (ALA unit 424) and Sgt Mark Augustine (Army, Desert Storm).