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FROM ROCKINGHAM WITH LOVE: VFW Auxiliary sending care packages to local servicemen

Neil Parrisher and David Goodwin fill care packages at Rockingham VFW Post 4203 on May 21. See the RO's Facebook page for more photos.
William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — Six Richmond County natives serving overseas in the military will soon be receiving several boxes from home.

VFW Post 4203 Auxiliary is providing care packages filled with puzzle books, playing cards and snacks to the five soldiers and Marine who are stationed abroad.

Several family members of the servicemen helped Auxiliary president Robin Roberts pack the 60 boxes on Saturday. Also helping was County Commissioner Tavares Bostic, himself an Army veteran.

Roberts said some of the boxes contained extra candy for those helping out with Ukrainian relief efforts to give to young refugees.

Two of the soldiers, Pfc. Justice Buie, 19, and Pfc. Anderson Rierson, 20, went through basic training together at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Buie is stationed in Germany and Rierson, whose unit is based out of Fort Drum, New York, was recently deployed to Iraq.

According to their parents, the two still keep in touch.


Buie’s mother, Lauren Parrisher, was Facetiming with him while she was helping to fill out address labels for the boxes. His grandmother, Suzanne Loury included a handwritten note.

Another two boxes are going to a pair of brothers: USMC Lance Cpl. Cameron Goodwin, serving aboard the USS Arlington in Greece; and Spc. Garrett Goodwin stationed in Poland.

Also stationed in Poland is Sgt. Matthew Speight.

Andy Cochran, new VFW district commander, took several photos.

Auxiliary members picked up the supplies last week using funds raised during the annual Rockin’ for Veterans concert. This year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 17.


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