Local Military News

Paratroopers aim to help wounded vets

A local group is going above and beyond its mission to support the troops.

The Ben Vandervoort Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association is collecting money to send wounded paratrooper veterans to the association’s national convention in August.

The national nonprofit association was designed to further the bond between former and active paratroopers who served in the 82nd Airborne Division or in any other branch of the military on either jump or glider status and to maintain the history of Airborne forces of the U.S. military.

Ben Vandervoort Chapter chairman Jim Andrews said the national association gathers every year for the convention. He said it is a festive occasion that includes a parachute jump â€" usually involving several hundred jumpers. This year’s event will be held in Reno, Nev.

“It’s a chance to rub elbows across the generations,â€