GALLIPOLIS — Vietnam Veterans of America, Tri-State Chapter 949 announced that its chapter president has been asked to speak at the Department of West Virginia, Marine Corps League State Convention to be held at the Quality Inn, Friday and Saturday.
Marine Corps League Meigs-Gallia-Mason (MGM) Detachment 1180 will serve as the host of the event.
The speaker of the Saturday evening event will be Gallipolis resident Ron Wroblewski during the banquet.
Wroblewski was born in Charleston, W.Va., graduated from Gallia Academy High School and is a Vietnam combat veteran having served as a field radio operator with the U.S. Marine Corps from mid 1963 to late 1966 (Vietnam 1965-1966).
His service connected disability, Marine Corps League members say, hasn’t diminished his love for America or his desire to continue to give back to his county.
Wroblewski is recognized for leading an initiative to have a U.S. Naval ship named in honor of Hershel “Woody” Williams, West Virginia’s only living Medal of Honor recipient. Wroblewsk is a three-time past commandant of Huntington Detachment 340 Marine Corps League and is currently service as the president of the Tri-State Chapter 949, Vietnam Veterans of America and the West Virginia Marine Corps Coordinating Council.
Detachment 1180 officers are Commandant Marine Jim Doss, Senior Vice Commandant Marine Leonard, Junior Vice Commandant Marine Cobb, Chief of Staff Marine Nick Berent, Adjutant Marine Pattie Leib, Paymaster Marine Susan Paulson, Judge Advocate Marine Jerry Bain, Sergeant-at-Arms Marine Martin, Chaplain Marine Richard Cooper.
The local detachment works to serve the community with about 40 members in the Ohio Valley area.
“The money that we collect we put right back into our communities, we buy hygiene supplies for seniors, we buy dinners for families in need, we help a lot of people with a lot of things in our communities,” said Patti Leib, adjutant for detachment 1180.
One of the primary functions of the Marine Corps League is assisting marines with adjusting back into civilian life after deployment.
“They’re starting new programs at the national level, they want to link up marines coming back home with detachments so that we can assist them,” said Leib. “Especially because of the suicide rate, it’s 23 veterans a day and we are trying real hard to stop that and help in any way we can.”
For more information, contact Jerry Bain at (304) 675-1905.