Donations aid veterans’ group’s college scholarships
The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, headquartered in Minturn, has received a $1,000 donation from the Vail Valley Foundation and $750 from Wal-Mart to fund college scholarships for local high school students. The Vail Valley Foundation’s donation came from money raised at a 4th of July concert in Vail. Wal-Mart presented its donation to the VFW post at the July 3 dedication of the flag in front of its Avon supercenter.
“The American flag stands as a symbol that freedom is not free and the over 26 million living veterans appreciate Wal-Mart’s support,” said post commander Buddy Sims.The scholarships are awarded to students from Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley high schools in the VFW’s efforts to promote “patriotism, citizenship, and continuing education,” Sims said.
Battle Mountain student Meghan Meehan and Eagle Valley student Jerad Schlegel were the scholarships winners in 2004. Both received $1,000.