Annual Fun Shoot hits target for vets



PHOTO BY: Phil Galdys
6th annual Sporting Clay Fun Shoot sponsored by Veterans of America Chapter 1041

Mary Kemper/Staff Writer

On a brisk and breezy March 4, 180 gun enthusiasts, along with hundreds of their families and friends, and patriotic supporters came out to South Florida Shooting Range in Palm City to cheer on the competitors.

The strong winds didn’t deter the shooters in the slightest. “If anything, it helped my score,” one competitor was heard to joke.

This year marked the 6th annual Sporting Clay Fun Shoot sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 in Sewall’s point. It’s their major fundraiser, and this year, they exceeded their target and raised close to $50,000.

According to member Jim Meehan, $20,000 goes straight into the chapter’s Rapid Response Fund. “We help veterans who need money for rent, their light bill, anything they need,” he said.

“The remaining funds will be distributed around Martin County, wherever it can help.”

The chapter works with Tony Reese, Martin County Veteran Services Officer, to distribute the funds as widely and fairly as possible.
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Déjà vu? – 19th president shares parallels with latest one

Mary Kemper
Staff Writer

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Former general and 19th president of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes.

He lost the popular vote, and barely squeaked by in the Electoral College. Democrats hated him, and he was mistrusted by a sizable percentage of his fellow Republicans. One of his main goals was to reform and streamline the Civil Service.

Sound familiar? No, not the 45th president, Donald Trump, but the 19th, Rutherford B. Hayes.

He was elected in 1877, at a time when the Civil War was still fresh in memory. It was still the Reconstruction Era, and still politically turbulent.

Born Oct. 4, 1822, Hayes hailed from Delaware, Ohio. He moved to Cincinnati, where he practiced law, in 1850, and married the former Lucy Webb.

His law practice was notable for his successfully arguing one of the first insanity defenses against murder, involving a woman who would be committed to an institution rather than be hanged. A staunch abolitionist, Hayes defended numerous escaped slaves, which he said he found “personally gratifying.”
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