Commission on Veteran’s Affairs gives back

by Celia Shortt

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Malcolm Jackson, left, presents Newnan High School teacher Stephen Quesinberry, middle, with a donation of $250 from the Coweta Commission on Veteran's Affairs. Jackson and Retired U.S. Army Major General Joseph H Brooks, right, co-chair the commission.

The Coweta Commission on Veteran's Affairs presented Stephen Quesinberry, Newnan High School's history and social studies department chair, with a donation of $250 at Friday's Vet-Connect.

'The commission grew out of his programs,' said CCOVA Co-Chair Malcolm Jackson. 'We wanted to come full circle after completing the four major mission musters and give it (a donation) back to him for his programs.'

The donation is for the Newnan High School history department veterans programs.

Since 2010, the CCOVA has completed four different Musters.

The most recent Muster honored Korean War veterans, and the one before honored Vietnam veterans. Each muster is designed to educate the public on the sacrifices made by those in the military on behalf of the country.

Since completing its four mission musters, which honored those who fought in conflicts from World War II and after, the CCOVA will be focusing on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2014.

'We are not disbanding the commission, but are taking a break this next year because we feel we've covered the four mission musters,' said Jackson. 'We will be throwing in support in the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary of the Civil War) rather than having a competing muster.'

CCOVA's purpose is strictly educational.

It seeks 'to provide an enhanced awareness to the community of the sacrifices made daily by all active duty military personnel, Reserve and National Guard components, military retirees, and their families.

The CCOVA is dedicated to ensuring the rights of all veterans and their families within Coweta County.

The commission complements and works with other veteran organizations.

'Ours is not in competition with, but rather in support of the American Legion, VFW, AMVETS and Marine Corp League,' said Jackson. 'In turn, those organizations have been very supportive of our four musters.'



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