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Steadfast Support

Shenandoah Valley Chapter 936 continues to enrich lives of all the region's veterans
Veterans and other attendees at the 2023 Veterans Tribute at the Shenandoah Country Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Va., in August. (Courtesy Melanie L. Spalding/Chapter 936)

Since its inception in 2004, Shenandoah Valley (Virginia) Chapter 936 has steadfastly pursued its mission of enriching the lives of Vietnam War and all other veterans in the region. The chapterís commitment is vividly displayed in its annual Veterans Tribute, an event that recognizes and honors local veteransí community spirit.

From left, Chapter 936 board member Dennis Kitner, Secretary/Treasurer Chuck Walton, AVVA member Kara Flick, Chapter 936 President Ronnie Zerkel, and board member Zandy DePriest. (Courtesy Melanie L. Spalding/Chapter 936)

Dave Daggett, the chapterís Tribute Coordinator, and his team worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the event in 2023. The Tribute attracted 600 attendees, who explored 22 Veterans Service Organizationsí booths offering support and assistance with a range of services.

Since its formation, Chapter 936 has been instrumental in fostering a nurturing environment for veterans, offering financial aid, organizing social gatherings, and providing educational scholarships. Its community presence is reinforced through projects such as road clean-up drives, festival participation, and patriotic day ceremonies. In that spirit, chapter member Art LaFlam sees to it that the American, VVA, and POW/MIA flags are flown on a local bridge on every national holiday.

Art LaFlam, Chapter 936 member, leading the Presentation of the Colors. (Courtesy Melanie L. Spalding/Chapter 936)

Chapter 936 boasts a robust membership of 176, which has surged by 93 percent since June 2019. Chapter president Ronnie Zerkel holds membership meetings every third Thursday of the month, during which the chapter conducts business and members come together in camaraderie solidified by their service in uniform.




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