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‘Keep growing’
Vietnam vets chapter gets charter
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Wayne Watkins, third from left, presents Billy Darby a charter for Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Watkins is president of the state VVA council. From left are Don Tackett, Mark Smith, Watkins, Darby and Bob Bursby. - photo by Julie Arrington

The next meeting of Cumming Chapter 1030 of Vietnam Veterans of America is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Golden Corral restaurant on Market Place Boulevard. For more information about the group go online at
Shubie Abercrombie is leaving for Afghanistan next week, but Monday night he took time to thank a local group of veterans for their service to the country.

The soldier expressed gratitude to his father, Ronnie, and other members of the Vietnam Veterans of America during the group’s meeting in Cumming.

“If it wasn’t for all of you guys, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today,” he said.

The 29-year-old Abercrombie previously served a tour of duty in Iraq. Although he is not a Marine like his father, he said he wanted to be just like his dad growing up.

“You guys taking care of him and supporting him means a lot to me,” he said.

The Cumming group received its charter at Monday’s meeting, officially becoming Chapter 1030 of the organization.

Wayne Watkins, president of the VVA Georgia State Council, presented the charter to Billy Darby, who heads the 35-member Cumming chapter.

“You’re picking up members every month ... you guys all need to be congratulated,” Watkins said. “Keep growing. Keep growing.”

The group meets once a month at the Golden Corral on Market Place Boulevard.

According to the VVA Web site, membership is open to U.S. military veterans who served on active duty in Vietnam from Feb. 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975, or in any duty location from Aug. 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975.

Members of the Cumming chapter said they plan to participate in upcoming Veteran’s Day events in Forsyth and Dawson counties.

They also help others who have served.

“We want everybody to get involved,” Darby said. “We’re going to keep growing and continue to do whatever we can do to help veterans.”