Savannah River VFW auxiliary honored for excellence
The auxiliary for Savannah River Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5877 has a new honor to its credit, having been named as the top unit in its district, which represents posts around Aiken, Edgefield and Orangeburg counties.
The auxiliary, which has Aiken resident Lori Fowler as its current president, helps organize monthly meals for veterans staying in Augusta’s two Veterans Affairs hospitals, inviting them for an evening of fellowship at the post’s headquarters, south of Aiken.
Fowler and her compatriots also run a program titled Veterans in Need, helping provide Kleenex, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other toiletries for local VA patients in need, and the auxiliary group has raised more than $38,00 toward that effort. Blood drives, including one planned to be held Jan. 21 at the post, have also been among the offerings.
Information on VFW auxiliary activities on a national level is at vfwauxiliary.org.
The post itself, based at 116 Midway Circle, south of Aiken, is currently led by Lowell Koppert, an honorably discharged Green Beret who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.