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December 12, 2012

Local organization makes donation to troops

MERIDIAN —     As a Vietnam War veteran, Harold Moore knows what it means to not have the support of the American people behind those who serve during wartime.

    That is why he was pleased and honored to be at the Telephone Pioneers luncheon at The Family Fish Camp on Vimville Causeyville Road to accept a $1,000 check from the organization on behalf of the Wounded Warriors of Mississippi program.

    "Whenever those serving now can get the support they desperately need from the general public it is a very good thing," said Moore, who is the Veterans Service officer for Kemper County. "I know what it is like to be unpopular but during the last few conflicts the American people have gotten behind the service members and their families."

    Teresa Westbrook announced the awarding of the funds that came from sales of the group's cookbooks and knives. Westbrook said more than $7,000 was raised through the sales drive and the money is then donated to certain charities.

    "We are just pleased to be able to make this contribution for those Mississippians who were hurt during the wars," Westbrook said. "This will also help the family members who are affected by their loved ones getting hurt overseas."

    The funds will be used for such services as transportation to and from treatment centers, lodging for family members while their loved one is being treated, and to defray the costs of ongoing equipment and services.

    The Telephone Pioneers is an organization that has been in existence for more than 100 years, said Westbrook. She said the charitable organization is made up of former and current employees of telephone companies. She said the group meets once each month at the Meridian Activities Center in Meridian.

    Moore was able to contact Donna Anderson with the Wounded Warriors of Mississippi program at Keesler Air Force Base in Gulfport, to line up the donation for the vets. He said it is very important Americans recognize the sacrifices of their soldiers and to continue the great support.

    "There is nothing more important for a solider than knowing the public is behind them," said Moore.

    The members of The Telephone Pioneers also were collecting socks for members of the Veterans Home located in Kosciusko.

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