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Haywood County Veteran’s Council

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Rick Strubeck

SALUTE — Rick Strubeck, president of the Veterans Council, is pictured saluting during a veterans ceremony held at the Haywood County Historic Courthouse.

The Haywood County Veteran’s Council was established in November 2006 to preserve and promote the rights and privileges earned by the veterans of Haywood County. The council unifies and coordinates the principles and projects of mutual interest to Haywood County veterans, and is a forum for discussion about veteran’s issues and opportunities.

Membership in the council is open to all veterans’ organizations in Haywood County that are recognized by the Veterans Administration and Congress. Each organization selects a primary and alternate delegate to represent its organization at the monthly meetings of the council.

Members of the council fabricate Memorial Markers and place them at cemeteries throughout Haywood County for Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

The Council would like to thank Lowes for providing the materials at a discounted price, the Forga family for providing storage units for the materials, the Pisgah High School metal shop for fabricating the stakes for the markers and the Tuscola JROTC for helping place the markers.

Other Council activities:

  • Work with Disabled American Veterans to provide help for needy veterans
  • Assist with coordinating the seven-county Veterans Stand Down in Franklin
  • Worked with the Hugh Rogers Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution on the Vietnam War Commemoration ceremony on March 29.
  • Help coordinate blood drives by the Red Cross
  • Provide food and other items needed by the VA Hospital in Asheville
  • Work with veteran’s organizations to coordinate events and fundraisers, and help rally support for the events
  • Provide support to JROTC organizations at Tuscola and Pisgah high schools
  • The council meets at 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way,
  • Waynesville.
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