“Leave no man behind”

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dear Editor,

The Low Country Veterans Group celebrated their fourth anniversary at the Meeting Place on Highmarket St. this Saturday, August 9. It was attended by veterans whose service spanned from World War II to Afghanistan and Iraq. Also present were local councilman Brendon Barber, Tommy Ard representing a Veterans Groups from Columbia as well as a member of Tim Scott’s staff who is also a veteran.

Amongst the fellowship of brothers in arms and the reminiscing about old and new times remained the military discipline and sense of mission that sets the Low Country Veterans apart from many other similar organizations. Under the guidance of their Commander Rev. Franklin Rutledge US Army Ret. And others like Theodore “Big Russ” Russell these men who, some in their late 80s, still muster up for a crisp formation to say the Pledge of Allegiance and salute the National Anthem. This discipline and respect for tradition get them invitations to participate in veterans programs and patriotic celebrations all over the state.

The Low Country Veterans are a 501 c3 not for profit organization primarily funded by member dues. They provide transportation, logistical help and encouragement to members who have difficulty getting around. They also provide access to professional help and expertise for members who were injured in combat and are stuck in the bureaucratic morass of the VA still waiting, some for years, for benefits they need to survive.

Starting this upcoming Veterans Day the Low Country Veterans are planning to take their group to the next level and begin a serious fund raising effort to expand their efforts to help local veterans. They are committed to making sure no veteran suffers from homelessness, poverty or an inability to secure benefits they paid for with patriotism and blood. Here is an opportunity to meet some of the Low Country Veterans. To make a tax deductible contribution or for more information contact the Low Country Veterans at (843) 543-4888 PO Box 1726, Georgetown SC 29440.

Joseph E. Scanlon

Pawleys Island

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