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“Colonel Benn was very specific in her wishes for the establishment of this scholarship, and the FRA Education Foundation is proud to honor those wishes,” said Joe Barnes, national executive director of the Fleet Reserve Association and a member of the FRA Education Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Thanks to the generosity of Colonel Benn and others, the foundation’s scholarship program continues to recognize excellence in the classroom as well as students’ active involvement in their school and community,”

The Benn scholarship is open to children of all Navy enlisted medical personnel who’ve served or are serving with the Marine Corps, regardless of their affiliation with the FRA. Other foundation scholarships are available to anyone affiliated with the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, either through their own service or that of a spouse, parent or grandparent. FRA Education Foundation scholarships are funded through private donations, established trusts and corporate sponsorships. Recipients are selected based on financial need, academic standing, character and leadership qualities.

Applications for the Benn and other foundation scholarships are available at Contributions in support of foundation scholarships are always welcome.

• The VA Western New York Healthcare System recently held its “Hire a Hero” job fair at the VA hospital in Buffalo. About 32 employers were present, representing the public and private sectors, colleges, not-for-profit groups and federal agencies.

Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or email