Fun annual golf tourney to aid van/bus fleet

Dianne Robbins/United Veterans of St. Lucie County

United Veterans of St. Lucie County, Inc. has set their 25th Annual Golf Classic for Saturday, April 8 at Gator Trace Golf and Country Club, 4302 Gator Trace Drive, Fort Pierce.

Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Entry fees of $75 per player or $300 per foursome include the breakfast, 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch and prizes.

As many of you know, United Veterans is a 501c(3) not for profit organization, comprised of more than 30 veteran organizations in St. Lucie County.

Through the proceeds of this annual event, the group is able to fulfill their mission statement of providing vans and buses, some to accommodate handicapped veterans, to transport St. Lucie County veterans to the West Palm Beach Medical Center for treatment.

The trips are coordinated by the county veteran’s service office (VSO), and in some cases they can also include transportation to other medical appointments.
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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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