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American Legion Post in Porterville raises over $12,000 to help Plumas County veterans


From the left is Robert Jennings, representing the local VFW Post; Bill Cook, Plumas County veterans service officer; Michael Smith, American Legion, Porterville; Jennifer Langford, county enforcement officer and coordinator of the Local Assistance Center; and Mike Phillips and Cory Wattenbarger, also from the Porterville American Legion Post.

Last week three members of the American Legion in Porterville, CA, Michael Smith, Mike Phillips and Cory Wattenbarger, made the trip to Plumas County to deliver over $12,000 they had collected in cash and gift cards to help local military veterans who are now displaced as a result of the Dixie and Beckwourth Complex fires. The three traveled here on motorcycles making several stops along the way at other Legion Posts and were able to collect additional donations for this cause.

Scott Quade, acting treasurer for the local American Legion, said the money and gift cards are being held in a restricted trust on behalf of Post 569 in Greenville, Post 329 in Portola and Post 8325 in Quincy. He said the donations will be distributed to local veterans in need through a newly created oversight committee that includes Post Commanders John Banks and Robert Jennings, Plumas County Veterans Service Officer Bill Cook and Richard Dolezal, the veterans service advocate at Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center and a representative from the Quincy Elks Lodge, which, by the way, offered free food and other items to over 100 vets and their families last Saturday at their East Quincy Lodge.

He said the money can be used to fill a variety of things such as rent assistance, security deposits and other essential needs.Quade said Plumas County veterans who are in need of assistance can contact him at 863-9599 or Dolezal at 283-5515

“When I heard about the fires in Plumas and Lassen counties, I knew we needed to help our veterans in those areas,” Smith from Porterville, said. “So we put word out and were able to raise around $12,000. It’s the least we could do for our fellow Vets in need.”

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