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VFW post fundraiser to aid late member’s family

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Greenwood VFW Post 5864 will host a fundraiser Saturday for the daughter and grandson of a life member of the post.

Donald Piercy died in 2012 after suffering from several diseases attributable to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War, according to a statement from the VFW. Dawn Piercy, Donald’s daughter, and grandson, Armondo, also have been affected by Piercy’s exposure to the chemical.

The fundraiser for them will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the post, 333 S. Washington St., Greenwood.

To honor the Piercy family’s heritage, the fundraiser will include Native American storytelling and artisan displays. There also will be arts and crafts, food, games, cooking, decorating and face-painting activities. Donald Piercy’s military awards and recognitions will be on display.

Doctors said Dawn was born with a mutant gene from her father’s exposure to the chemical. She has passed the gene on to her son, Armondo, who suffers from neurological disorders, according to the release.

Organizers are trying to raise $25,000 for a wheelchair accessible van for Dawn and Armondo.

Donations can be made at the Greenwood VFW c/o Dawn Piercy.

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