AMVETS to open service center

Published 1:47 am Wednesday, July 20, 2016


The AMVETS Post 23 has a new home.

Dennis Cunningham of the AMVETS said the group has been meeting at the Opp Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday nights, but now has its own service center located at 203 Dr. MLK Drive, Opp.

“It’ going to be a service center for all vets,” Cunningham said. “A place where they can sit down, shoot the bull, if they have problems, needs, we’ll have people there to help.”

Cunningham said this will allow the organization to do more than just put flags on graves.

“We’ve done a lot to renovate the building,” he said. “We work all over the county.”

He said there are roughly 55 members, which includes some of the spouses who are also veterans. There are 13 in the ladies auxiliary.

AMVETS National Service Foundation provides support to veterans through service programs as well as providing community and youth-oriented programs designed to promote unity and patriotism. It counsels and represents veterans and their dependents before the Veterans Administration without charge.

The AMVETS Post 23 will hold a ribbon cutting on Mon., Aug. 1, at 10 a.m., at the new post.

They will present the colors and have guest speakers. Light refreshments will be served.