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I would like to bring to your attention a program we started in 2003 to help our wounded men and women and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center called the “Angels of Mercy.” The program is sponsored by American Legion Post 270 and Auxiliary Unit 270 in McLean. If your readers would like more information on how to help our wounded, please refer them to our Web site, www.supportour

Again, thanks for what you do for our veterans.

Marian Chirichella and Jay Edwards

Angels of Mercy program

Dear Fellow Legionnaires:

Thanks for assisting our wounded heroes.

Shaft Notes

The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) has concluded its selection of recipients for the 2007-2008 academic year scholarship program. FRA awards nearly $100,000 annually, based on financial need, academic standing, and character and leadership qualities.

“FRA’s exceptional scholarship program continues to grow stronger every year,” said FRA National Executive Secretary Joe Barnes. “We are proud to provide many different types of scholarships to deserving students across the country who are America’s future leaders.”

FRA awards scholarships to FRA members and their spouses, children and grandchildren. The recipients are currently being notified and will be listed in the September issue of the association’s monthly magazine, FRA Today.

Scholarship applications are available in September for the following academic year. The application can be downloaded from or requested by calling FRA National Headquarters at 800/FRA-1924. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15 to be considered for scholarships that are awarded in July of each year. This year’s corporate scholarships were the Geico Scholarship for $5,000 and the Geico and FRA Branch 348 Scholarship for $2,000.

The Ladies Auxiliary of FRA also sponsors annual scholarships. Applications for their scholarships can be requested by calling 800/626-9071 or can be downloaded from the scholarship section of FRA’s Web site. Although applications can be used to apply for either program, applicants applying for both scholarship programs must submit separate application packages.

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