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Local Marines Making a Difference – Scholarship Funds

Local Marines Making a Difference – Scholarship Funds

Marine Corps League Detachment 980 Scholarship: Pictured below is Southwest Virginia Marine Corps League Detachment 980’s Ruth Whitt shown presenting the Marine Corps League’s Scholarship funds for the year 2017-2018 to Susan R. Lowe, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation for Southwest Virginia Community College.

The scholarship, established by the League in 2002, honors the late Marine Hank Shrader.

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Shrader, a former Mayor of Cedar Bluff, VA, organized the Southwest Virginia Marine Corps League Detachment 980. Hank Shrader was injured on Iwo Jima and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze star.

In 2002-2003, Trista Hamilton of Lebanon, Virginia, was the first recipient of the League’s scholarship. Ms. Hamilton also received the scholarship for the year 2004-2005. Since then many Southwest Virginia Community College students have received monetary support through the Marine Corps League Scholarship funds. Recipients are chosen by the college.

For information on how to apply for the scholarship, contact Susan R. Lowe, SWCC Educational Foundation, King Community Center Room 112. (276-964-7304) susan.lowe@sw.edu

Marine 980 League Commandant’s Remarks:

President Ronald Reagan’s Quote:Some people live their entire lives wondering if they have made a difference in the world. The Marines don’t have that problem”. 

Members of The Southwest Virginia Detachment 980 Marine Corps League hope to continue to make a difference in young people’s lives as they seek further education. To date our League has lost six World War II Charter members. Our remaining membership is small and includes veterans who have served our country from the Korean War time period to the present conflicts.
We continue to meet our commitment of service to others via membership donations, donations from widows whose husbands were once among us, and by working special events. The League recently gave a donation to the Town of Lebanon to support the Veteran’s Memorial with purchase of new flags. (Memorial is located at the entrance of the Government Center in Lebanon.) 
“Due to the loss of members, we are becoming “The Few-The Proud” but typical Marine, we keep going. We thank all those who continue to assist us via their donations.”’–-Donal Meadows-Commandant of Southwest Virginia Marine Corps League Detachment 980.

Marine Jim Boyd: In addition to providing a scholarship for needy students, the Southwest Virginia Marine Corps League Detachment 980 also donates to the Virginia Veteran and Family Services, a new title, a new program. 980 member Jim Boyd is on the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation (VSF) Board of Trustees.
Jim was appointed to the Board by the Virginia Senate. Some members are appointed by the Governor.  The Virginia Veteran’s Services Foundation is an independent state agency that supports Veterans and their families through the Virginia Department of Veterans Services DVS programs.

800,000 Virginia Veterans: “The Veterans Services Foundation accepts donations to support critical programs and services for Virginia Veterans and their families that are not covered by state or federal funds. A web site is available for further information on the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and the Veterans  Services Foundation. John Newby is Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. Virginia’s Veteran’s population is over 800,000. It is a great honor to serve these Virginia Veterans and their families by being a member of the VSF Board.-Marine Jim Boyd.

 

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