Sep 11, 2015

Vietnam Veterans of America Presents Gift to FVCC Veteran's Endowment

The Northwest Montana Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) will present a donation to The Veterans’ Association at Flathead Valley Community College during a check presentation at the college September 15. The gift will be made to honor fallen U.S. Army brother, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Atkinson who was raised in Lakeside and served as a Tomb Guard, Honor Guard and multiple tours in Iraq.


The VVA will be present a check in the amount of $1,000 to The Veterans’ Association at FVCC, helping the association reach its $5,000 Veteran’s Endowment Fund goal.


“With this gift, The Veterans’ Association at FVCC will now have the ability to issue scholarships to veterans in need to help them complete their studies at FVCC,” said Scott Brooke, president of The Veterans’ Association at FVCC.


The Veteran’s Endowment Fund was created through fundraising conducted by members of The Veterans’ Association at FVCC and generous donations by the community. The endowment was established to provide funds to veterans attending FVCC whose educational benefits have expired or no longer can be used.


This endowment will provide a $250 scholarship to a student veteran at FVCC during the fall and spring terms for years to come.


The community is invited to observe the presentation of the check, which will take place outdoors at 9 a.m. on the western side of the Learning Resource Center building on the college’s Kalispell campus. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend.


The VVA and The Veterans’ Association at FVCC are active organizations that promote and support the veteran community through various activities. To contact the local VVA chapter, please email John Burgess at or call (406) 862-3570. To make a gift to the Veteran’s Endowment Fund or for more information, contact Brooke at or (406) 407-2328.