Rodgers Accepts Service Award From Chapter 980

Laura Rodgers accepts the award with NCDAR’s Mary Hines, flanked by Chapter 980’s Jerry Warren and David Arrington.

Laura Rodgers, past regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Hugh Rogers Chapter in North Carolina, has been presented with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) North Carolina State Council’s award for outstanding service to veterans for her work with VVA Chapter 980 in Clyde.

Under Rodger’s leadership, the Hugh Rogers Chapter became a partner in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Rodgers has worked closely with Chapter 980 to plan and implement programs and activities for more than five years, and she continues to serve as the chapter’s Service for Veterans Committee Chairperson.

Members of the DAR chapter volunteer at the Smoky Mountain Veterans Stand Down in Franklin each fall, visit the VA Hospital with Christmas gifts and serve meals to residents of the VA Community Living Center. Three times a year, they hold bingo nights for veterans with Chapter 980, and participate in its Veterans Day Ceremony.

“Our chapter had not been involved in any of these activities until Laura took the initiative and insisted that we find new and better ways to support Vietnam Veterans,” Carol Litchfield, Hugh Rogers Chapter Regent, told The Mountaineer. “These activities are now a recurring and critical component of our chapter’s plan of service each year. This lasting legacy of service would never have been possible without Laura’s vision and leadership.”

“We were very pleased to be able to support Laura’s nomination for this award,” said Jerry Warren, president of VVA Chapter 980. “She not only provides outstanding service, she really cares about veterans and the challenges they face. We appreciate everything she has done for us.”

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