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May 22, 2014

DAV to host car show in Norman

NORMAN — Organizers say that Saturday’s car show will be small, but the impact left after the event will be huge.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Disabled American Veterans State of Oklahoma Chapter 61 Norman will host its 11th annual car show at the Norman Veterans Center, 1776 E. Robinson St.

Eric Anderson, department hospital service coordinator for Oklahoma City, said the car show will raise money for vans that DAV provides for transporting veterans to and from appointments.

“Help us fundraise for new vehicles and help us provide grants for veterans who are in need ... We get a lot of widows who come in because when the veteran dies, the benefits end,” Anderson said.

Registration and entry closes at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Judging starts at noon. The entry fee is $20, plus $5 per additional class entered.

“One hundred percent of the money goes back to helping vets. That’s the great thing about it. It’s really great for the guys and the gals at the Veterans Center,” Anderson said.

Anderson also adds that the car show would be a good time to sign up as a volunteer driver for the DAV. Volunteers would be responsible for picking up residents at the Norman Veterans Center and transporting them to the Oklahoma City Veterans Hospital for medical appointments, Anderson said.

Volunteers would be provided vans that are owned by the DAV, so they wouldn’t have to use their own vehicles.

“We just need someone behind the wheel to bring them in. The VA has been more than helpful on this program and I’ve been very grateful,” Anderson said.

Interested volunteers would need to pass a basic Department of Transportation driver’s license test and have insurance.

“Most of my drivers do more than two days a week because they are long days,” Anderson said. “Some of my drivers see it as an opportunity to connect to some of their comrades. We do offer breakfast and lunch to them. They get awards for hours and miles they volunteers.”

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