The local Marine Corps League will continue its efforts to help veterans by donating a check for $1,500 to the Augusta-Aiken Warrior Project this afternoon.
The organization is making a short event of the donation in Veterans Park, located at 1435 Richland Ave. The event will begin at 4 p.m.
Jim Kline, Sergeant at Arms for the organization, said the event will feature guest speaker U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.
Kline added the Marine Corps League raised the $1,500 through a pancake breakfast hosted at Fatz restaurant. He explained that the donation is going to the Augusta-Aiken Warrior Project due to their focus on the medical needs of veterans.
While the Marine Corps League focuses more on helping veterans find employment and other issues, he said, it all falls under the umbrella of helping those who have served.
“We're all wanting the same things – a better life for veterans,” he said. “We think this will be a great presentation, we're excited to have Congressman Wilson in attendance, and we're inviting everyone to attend.”
The Marine Corps League is compromised of military officials from the Marines and Navy, as well as associate and auxiliary members from other military branches of service, who have served and have been honorably discharged. Today, League membership nationally has grown to over 60,000 members.
The James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939 was formed in 1996 in Aiken. Today, the detachment boasts more than 100 active members.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June 2013. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.
Editor's note: The Aiken-Augusta Warrior Project was referred to incorrectly in a previous version of this story. The Aiken Standard regrets the error.