Rotary clubs' 'Flags For Heroes' program raises money for Salisbury veterans

Posted 7/21/21

Four organizations serving military veterans are the beneficiaries of money raised by the three Wicomico County Rotary clubs through their "Flags For Heroes" program; a display of hundreds of …

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Rotary clubs' 'Flags For Heroes' program raises money for Salisbury veterans

Helping members of the local Rotary clubs with the dismantling of the Wicomico County Flags for Heroes display are representatives of four veterans’ assistance programs, each of whom received $1,000 from money raised by the local Rotary clubs. Shown from left are: Hank Wheatley with the Heroes Haven, Chris Hardy with the US Kennels, Marty Iarocci with the DAV Eastern Shore Chapter 34 and Jeff Merritt with the Operation We Care.
Helping members of the local Rotary clubs with the dismantling of the Wicomico County Flags for Heroes display are representatives of four veterans’ assistance programs, each of whom received $1,000 from money raised by the local Rotary clubs. Shown from left are: Hank Wheatley with the Heroes Haven, Chris Hardy with the US Kennels, Marty Iarocci with the DAV Eastern Shore Chapter 34 and Jeff Merritt with the Operation We Care.
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Four organizations serving military veterans are the beneficiaries of money raised by the three Wicomico County Rotary clubs through their "Flags For Heroes" program; a display of hundreds of American flags along Route 50 east of Salisbury.

Each organization has received $1,000 through donations from individuals and organizations that sought to honor their heroes during the display of flags from shortly before Memorial Day to just after Independence Day.

This was the sixth year of the "Flags For Heroes" project, located across from Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Receiving Rotary-raised money to help with their veterans assistance programs are Operation We Care, US Kennels, Heroes Haven and DAV Eastern Shore Chapter 34.

Operation We Care provides care packages to our men and women of the armed forces who are serving overseas.

U.S. Kennels assists veterans battling Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, brain damage, and other combat related disabilities by adopting rescue dogs and training them to become service animals.

Heroes Haven transports injured veterans, police officers, emergency medical service personnel, and firefighters to the Eastern Shore of Maryland for a hunting experience and Eastern Shore hospitality. 

The DAV Eastern Shore Chapter 34 mission is Building Better Lives for America’s Disabled Veterans and Their Families.  A key activity for this group is transporting veterans to their medical appointments -- including to the Perry Point Veterans Administration medical center in Cecil County.

With 36,000 clubs, Rotary is a worldwide 1.2 million member organization whose product is service. The Flags for Heroes project was operated locally by The Rotary Club of Salisbury, the Rotary Club of Wicomico County and the Salisbury Sunrise club.