There are nine local chapters, posts, or detachments of the nationally chartered veterans organizations that serve in Hall County and surrounds. The American Legion (AL) was Congressionally Chartered in 1919, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in 1932, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in 1936, the Marine Corps League (MCL) in 1937, the American Veterans (AmVets) in 1947, the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) in 1986, the Korean War Veterans of America (KWVA) in 2008, and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) in 2009. The local chapters, posts, or detachments of the nationally chartered veterans organizations are AL Georgia Posts 7 and 328, DAV Chapter 17, VFW Chapter 1187 and 8452, MCL Detachment 665, VVA Chapter 772, and MOAA Chapter 18 (Georgia Mountain Chapter). They are comprised of over 2,000 veterans. These organizations actively support both veterans and the community. They spend thousands of dollars each year, well over 90% of the funds they collect, helping veterans in need and championing veterans issues.
For example, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 17 spent $13,366.12 helping veterans last fiscal year and the Military Officers Association of American Chapter 18 (Georgia Mountain Chapter) spent over $40,000 on our wounded warriors.
In addition, these organizations spend thousands of manhours each year in these veteran support activities from providing transportation to the VA Hospital in Atlanta to holding biweekly informal group sessions that help veterans with PTSD and depression issues. They also spend manhours sponsoring numerous events within Hall County for the community and its surrounds. These include annual Standdowns for the homeless and indigent, both veterans and non-veterans alike, sponsorship of Georgia Boys State and Girls State, the Memorial Day parade, Fourth of July fireworks events for the community, and the Wreaths Across American wreath laying on our local veterans' gravesites to name a few.
Each of these organizations meet each month to report on and review its activities with their members. Individually the organizations are generally known and have a good reputation within the community. Together, they strive to keep that reputation positive. Much of these organizations' efforts are coordinated through an informal Northeast Georgia veterans coalition that meets bimonthly at the Gainesville American Legion Post 7.
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