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Albion Rotary gives $5K towards van for veterans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Albion Rotary Club presented a check for $5,000 today to the Orleans County Joint Veterans Council to help buy a low-mileage van to transport veterans to medical appointments.

Past President Cindy Perry presented the check to Paul Fulcomer, chairman of the Veterans Council. Perry also is the coordinator of the Rotary Golf Tournament in July, which generated the funds for the van.

The Veterans Council has five vans that it uses to take veterans to medical appointments. With the $5,000 from Rotary, Fulcomer said there is now enough to replace a high-mileage van.

The Veterans Council acquires and owns the vans, and the VA pays for the gas and maintenance. The service is free to veterans.

Fulcomer said 30 residents are faithful volunteer drivers, taking veterans back and forth to medical appointments.

“We’re very fortunate here in Orleans County that we have this many people who care about our veterans,” he told the Rotary Club.