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DAV has 'urgent need' for van drivers locally

There is an urgent need for DAV van drivers from the Hot Springs and Garland County area, the DAV Service office said in a news release on Tuesday.

"Due to medical issues another DAV van driver has been forced to cease his volunteer time driving veterans to their hospital appointments in Little Rock and North Little Rock. The DAV and the many veterans that Vito has transported wish him all the best in his recovery. He is missed," the release said.

For information on becoming a volunteer DAV van driver, call Michael Dobbs, chief of Voluntary Services, 501-257-3291, Central Arkansas Health Care System at Fort Roots, North Little Rock, or call the local DAV van appointment at 501-262-0456 and leave contact information.

Veterans in need of VA claims assistance or information should contact the DAV Service office in Hot Springs at 501-760-4648 or come to the office at 401 Mid-America Blvd., Hot Springs.

Villager receives Diamond Award

Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston recently awarded the Arkansas Diamond Award to Sheila Beatty-Krout, of Hot Springs Village.

"There are times when events or accomplishments in a person's life warrant recognition or appreciation," Thurston said in a news release from Arkansas State Society United States Daughters of 1812.

"Ms. Beatty is the national rep for the U.S. Daughters of 1812 Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service and the driving force to recruit members to volunteer with the organization," he said.

Because of Beatty's efforts, $26,105 has been donated in clothing, toiletries, bus fares and cash to the Towbin Medical Center, St. Francis House and the John McCllellan VA Hospital, Thurston said in the release.

She has also identified over 634 War of 1812 veterans who are buried in Arkansas and contacted their families to an effort to mark their graves.

"Several years ago Ms. Beatty started cutting the stars from the blue field of U.S. flags that were about to be destroyed, placing in a small bag with a thank-you note to veterans for their service. Thousands of stars have been presented and because of this ingenious idea she was contacted by the VA Suicide Prevention team at Fort Roots and asked to provide them with the stars to present to veterans at risk. A simple idea embraced by many who have received this token is now saving lives in Arkansas. I pause to say, Thank You for your service Ms. Beatty and to honor you with the Arkansas Diamond Award," Thurston said.

The Arkansas Diamond Award is the highest honor one can receive from the secretary of state's office. "The person who receives this award has made significant contributions to his or her community through their time, talent and dedication. Their service is one of exemplary quality. Having made an outstanding accomplishment in a field of service may also qualify for this award," the release said.

Society on 03/13/2019

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