ROCKINGHAM — Kenneth Robinette was awarded by AMVETS Tuesday night “for his service to local veterans of Richmond County, and the contributions he has made,” said Dennis Holloway, the group’s public relations officer.
The award was presented during the AMVETS monthly meeting at the East Rockingham Fire Department.
“He has donated money for wheelchair ramps,” Holloway said. “He fed all the veterans on Memorial Day at the VFW, and he has given the AMVETS facilities at his shopping center to sell their Christmas trees and also to do the ice rink.”
Holloway said Robinette is giving the group all proceeds from the ice skating rink this year, adding that while Robinette is not himself a member of AMVETS, his work on their behalf is greatly appreciated.
“It is a civic honor,” Holloway said. “He believes in veterans. He is even paying for all materials for the displays on the Christmas tree lot.”
AMVETS meet the last Tuesday of each month at the East Rockingham Fire Department.
“We are always looking for new members,” Holloway said. “I think we are the most active veterans organization in the county. We have about 120 members. We usually have about 40 at our meetings. We build a lot of wheelchair ramps for veterans, and we help veterans with any needs they may have, whether they be physical or psychological.”
To learn more about joining AMVETS, call Dennis Holloway at 910-995-1676.
Reach reporter Melonie McLaurin at 910-817-2673 and follow her on Twitter @meloniemclaurin.