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Vietnam veterans lend helping hand

Mary Hinds • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

The Wilson County Vietnam Veterans of America are always on hand to help out with a good cause, whether it's serving up free hot dogs at county events or making sure people in need have a good Christmas.

Friday morning, the group, which includes Veteran's Services Officer Bernie Ash, paid a call on the King's House, a home for men with developmental problems. They didn't come empty handed.

"We got them shoes, underwear and things they requested on their personalized list," Ash said.

Vietnam veterans from the county get together at a local restaurant some Saturday mornings to sit around and chat about the news of the day. Ash said in December when the 17 vets sat down they decided to do something good for the King's House.

"When we sat down we had about $500 in the treasury and we said that's not gonna cut it," Ash said. "By the time we got up from the table we had $800. Everybody reached into their pockets."

This isn't the first time these big-hearted vets have helped out the house.

"We help that house a lot during the year and we help out others as well," he added.

Ash encourages Vietnam veterans to join the group that provides support for the men and women who shared their experiences in Southeast Asia during the war.

"We don't hash out the war," he said. "I go there to have a great time."

The group has a great time and helps others in need.

For more information about the Wilson County Vietnam Veterans, call Ash at the Wilson County Veterans Service Office at 615-444-2460.

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