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Do you have information about family or friends who are serving in the military? Send it to Life, The Times, 345 Green St. NW, P.O. Box 838, Gainesville, GA 30501; or e-mail it to life@gainesvilletimes.com.

Disabled American Veterans are in desperate need of van drivers in Gainesville. The job involves driving from Gainesville to the Veterans Hospital in Decatur. Rides leave at 7 a.m. and return around noon. Due to fewer drivers, trips have been reduced to three days a week. Volunteers must have a clean driving record and pass a physical at the Veterans Administration to qualify. For more information, call van coordinator Norman Coursey after 9 a.m. at 678-965-4717.

White County recently received a banner from soldiers in Iraq, thanking residents for their letters and care packages. The banner has been displayed in the main lobby of the White County Courthouse for several months now. White County officials are now removing the banner and sending it to the Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Ala., which is where the troops were deployed.

Hall County resident Walter Robitaille, retired from the U.S. Navy, will be one of the veterans honored by the Roswell Rotary Club with a trip to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial commemorating the work he and others did in service to our country. This group has raised money to charter a plane and cover the costs of the trip. A luncheon in Washington has also been planned where representatives from the military will be present to speak with the veterans. Robitaille retired from the Navy after serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He turned 81 on Oct. 3 and will celebrate 60 years of marriage to his wife, Nan, in November.

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