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More donations made for veterans’ van

| September 20, 2013
American Legion Warsaw Post 634.

American Legion Warsaw Post 634.

COSHOCTON – Donations keep rolling in to help the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter purchase a new van to transport local veterans to and from VA medical appointments.

One of the more recent donations for the van came from the American Legion Warsaw Post 634.

They gave Dave Dilly, commander of the DAV, a check for $2,485 on Sept. 18. The Post raised the funds through a raffle and a $1,000 donation it received from the Coshocton Elks 376, thanks to the help of Marilyn Griffis, Ohio State Chairman of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission.

“Mr. Dilly asked us for a donation and I decided I was going to get him as much as I could,” said Don Scifres, adjutant of the Post 634.

Winner of the raffle, which included a tub of a variety of hunting calls, knives and other items, was Ron Davis, who was surprised he won.

“I never win anything, but I knew my money was going to a good cause and Dave would do a great job with the money raised,” he said.

Coshocton Eagles 761

Coshocton Eagles 761

The Eagles also recently gave Dilly a $1,000 donation, which puts the total amount collected around $22,000. He needs $28,000 for the project, but believes the DAV will very easily be able to get a grant to cover the remaining cost of the van, which should be purchased and available for use by February 2014.

A list of those who have already donated will be part of the Coshocton County Veterans Service Commission’s fair display.

“I just can’t put into words how great it feels to see all these different groups making donations,” Dilly said. “I’m overwhelmed by how much everyone has stepped up.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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