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Greg Arnold: Group serving Oregon City and West Linn has made statewide impact through poppy drive

Three Rivers VFW Post 1324 wants to thank our community for your outstanding support over the years with our annual Buddy Poppy Fundraiser. COURTESY PHOTO: POST 1324 - 'Big Lebowski' actor Sam Elliott, right, visits with VFW life member Greg Arnold during Post 1324's 2018 Buddy Poppy Drive in West Linn.

This is the 100th anniversary of the VFW distributing poppies in the United States. Your generous contributions have led to more than $250,000 being sent to various veteran programs in and around our own community. COURTESY PHOTO: POST 1324 - Janice Arnold, a member of the VFW, raises funds for veterans through a poppy drive at Market of Choice in West Linn.

Funds raised from our annual distribution go to support many veterans-related programs. Over the years, we've contributed funds to things such as the Clackamas County Veterans Village, Clackamas Community College Veterans Center, Fort Kennedy Homeless Veteran Resource Center, both Oregon Veteran's Homes, Northwest Veteran Battle Buddies service dog program, Soldiers Songs and Voice, Veterans Back 40 Adventure and many more.

100% of the funds raised go back to support veterans and there is zero administrative overheard. Five out of the last 10 years, our Post — thanks to your support — has been able to collect more funds than any VFW Post in the world. We could not have done this without your continued dedication and support.

Please look for us this month, just outside many of your local grocery store to say hi. We will be there from May 20-30. The recent events of the past couple years have left many hurting in our community. This will be a wonderful way to help give back.

Greg Arnold is commander of VFW Post 1324, which serves Oregon City, West Linn, Gladstone, Clackamas, Happy Valley, Redland and Beavercreek.


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