Just under $4,000 donated to local veterans

MARQUETTE — Veterans at the Jacobetti center that need help with mobility received some great news today.

The American Legion Post #349 in Little Lake through the Warrior Relief Fund donated just under $4,000 to the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans for an E–Z lift to help veterans at the home.

“This particular lift allows the staff here to safely get veterans who have trouble moving out of bed, into the tub, out of the tub, into the shower, out of the shower,” said Post 349 Commander Dale Akerley, “anything they need, where they need a little help getting up. This is a mobile lift and it allows the staff here to get these veterans where they need to be.”

Post #349 has donated a collection of exercise and physical therapy equipment over the years. The post stressed to those who would like to help, that the legion serves strictly as a liaison between the public and helping veterans everywhere.

“Please help us help others,” added Akerley, “this is a great lift. 100% of the money that we raise for this Warrior Relief fund, 100%, every single penny goes into this fund. Everybody does everything for free. All of the donations that we get from the different businesses, we get nothing of that. Every penny that we raise goes into this fund to help a veteran.”

“It’s not just the Jacobetti Home,” said Post 349 Past Commander Richard Wood, “it’s veterans, it’s active duty, guardsmen, and reserves. We want to take care of all of them.”

One of the biggest of the fundraisers for the Warrior Relief Fund is their golf outing, which is set for August 22nd. You can find more information on how to sign up for the golf outing or other ways to support the Warrior Relief Fund by clicking here.

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