ROGERSVILLE — The Rogersville Walmart and its manager Brenda Frazier were honored Thursday by area members of the Vietnam Veterans of America for assisting in VVA fundraising and membership drive efforts.
Last Friday the Kingsport chapter of the VVA had a fundraiser at the Rogersville Walmart, and on Saturday the Morristown chapter, which was founded just last year, had a fundraiser and membership drive at the Rogersville Walmart.
Thursday morning members from both chapters went back to the Rogersville Walmart to present the store and manager Brenda Frazier with the VVA flag, which will now be placed on display at the store.
Frazier's last day at the Rogersville Walmart is Friday. She is leaving to take over a new Walmart store in west Morristown, and the VVA wanted to show its appreciation to the Rogersville store before she left.
"We're here together to basically thank the Rogersville Walmart store for giving us the opportunity to raise some funds to take care of the Vietnam Veterans," said Morristown chapter president Joe Giza. "We'd like to thank all the Rogersville and surrounding area people who supported us. We are working to support all of the Vietnam Veterans of America and any veteran of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars. We won't forget them like they forgot us when we landed here 50 years ago."
Over its two day fundraiser last weekend the VVA raised about $2,000.
"Obviously all branches of the military are important to Walmart," Frazier said. "Anything we can do to serve those who take care of us is a credit in Walmart's eyes, and we support that 110 percent."
Some of the funds will be used for the proposed $150,000 expansion of the Kingsport veterans memorial.
"All Walmarts have been very cooperative, but this one as been very cooperative with us to let us bring what we want and do as well please," said Kingsport chapter member Jim Hagie. "In appreciation we wanted to present them with this Vietnam Veterans flag, just as token to say thank you for what you've done for us."
The mission of the VVA is to recognize and welcome home all Vietnam Veterans, as well as to provide a social organization and a sharing of resources to those veterans.
Membership is open to all U.S. armed forces veterans who served on active duty in the Republic of Vietnam from Feb. 28, 1961 through Mach 7, 1975, or any active duty location between Aug. 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975.