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Friends of Delaware Veterans Enlists in the Chamber of Commerce

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Preparing to cut the ribbon to acknowledge the membership of the Friends of Delaware Veterans, Inc., to the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, is Dave Skocik, president. To his right are Paul Davis, Friends vice president and John Knotts, executive dir Preparing to cut the ribbon to acknowledge the membership of the Friends of Delaware Veterans, Inc., to the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, is Dave Skocik, president. To his right are Paul Davis, Friends vice president and John Knotts, executive dir
DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - The Friends of Delaware Veterans, Inc., has joined forces with the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce to help spread the word about their mission to help Delaware's veterans.

The non-profit is made up of community leaders from across the state. It works under the auspices of the Commission of Veterans Affairs and handles the fundraising for the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund, which assists veterans with financial emergencies by covering costs associated with transportation, home repairs, household utilities, homelessness support and educational programs.

The Trust Fund was signed into law on Sept. 17, 2013 by Governor Jack Markell. Beyond an initial $25,000 grant, the fund depends on private contributions.

"Our board is made up of volunteer professionals and businesspersons from across the state so it was logical to become a member of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce. Joining the nearly thousand-member chamber is a great way to let the business community know about the Veterans Trust Fund," said Dave Skocik, President of the Friends of Delaware Veterans.

The Veterans Trust fund returns 100 percent of its tax-deductible contributions to honorably-discharged veterans who live in Delaware. Applicants are screened for eligibility and need. The Friends of the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund consists of volunteers who use existing facilities at the offices of the Commission of Veterans Affairs in Dover, and therefore do not have to contribute to advertising, administrative costs and salaries.

Skocik said as of about three weeks ago, the committee had granted 59 requests since the fund's creation.

"We will take advantage of our chamber membership to spread the word about the fund and particularly about our upcoming fundraising dinner at the Modern Maturity Center on November 7," said Paul Davis, the organization's Vice President.

The fundraising dinner will be a black-tie optional event and will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. Tickets are $100 and will include dinner, musical entertainment and a distinguished keynote speaker. All profit will go to the Veterans Trust Fund.

Call the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs at  302-739-2792 to reserve tickets, become a sponsor, or email dskocik@aol.com for more information.

Contributions may be made to the Friends of Delaware Veterans Inc., at 802 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite 100, Dover, DE 19904.

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