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VFW distributes food to veterans

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Photo submitted VFW and Auxiliary members from Delta and Montrose, CABA pilot and crew, and helpers are pictured with the food airlifted to Montrose for Delta and Montrose veterans. From left to right are Jim Baker, Roady (grandson of Whit and Denise Bai

Members of VFW Post 3571 were able to distribute over 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food to 24 veterans and their families in the Delta area, thanks to a cooperative project between the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA).

CABA and the VFW worked together for the sixth year to make their Holiday Airlift a success statewide. CABA members established donation dropoffs throughout the Front Range, and VFW members established donation points in local communities, including Delta and Montrose. The results of these donations from community members, augmented with donations from the attendees at the CABA annual Christmas party and VFW members and posts responding to the VFW Department of Colorado commander's special project. Commander Alan Stone and his special project chairman, Peter Buchanan, worked with the board members of CABA to separate the donations and load them aboard 18 different aircraft at Centennial Airport. Many of these aircraft were piloted by student pilots and their instructors from Metro State University. Other aircraft were donated and piloted by other individuals interested in helping veterans.

A record volume of over 10,000 pounds was airlifted from Centennial to multiple locations throughout Colorado, including the Delta/Montrose area. These aircraft were met by local volunteers from the VFW, unloaded, and the goods separated and delivered to local veterans and their families who needed a little "boost" for the holidays. Members of Montrose VFW Post 784 and Delta VFW Post 3571 met an aircraft piloted by Jack McKlurg at the Montrose Regional Airport, unloaded and shared a total of 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food and toys. After adding the donations from the local area, nearly an additional 500 pounds, Montrose VFW volunteers prepared and delivered packages to over 20 veterans and families and Delta VFW volunteers to 24 veterans and families.

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