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Local Veteran’s Group, the United States Veteran’s Alliance, chapter 101, has announced their third annual group cruise will be to the great state of Alaska in May of next year. Member and travel agent Harold Hodges reports ” We’ve reserved a limited number of cabins of all types to accommodate the members of the group and some extras in case the public would like to go as well. That way, they can go, knowing that they’ll have lots of familiar faces and neighbors onboard the same sailing. ”

Leaving from Seattle, Washington on May 31st, 2015, the cruise, on the beautiful Ruby Princess, will make calls at Ketchikan, Juneau, Sawyer glacier, Skagway and Victoria (in British Columbia) before returning to Seattle. “This is a seven night cruise,” Hodges added, “visiting the most visited ports in Alaska during the best time of year. The cruiselines generally only sail to Alaska from May to September, with May and September being the least expensive. Even though we’re actually going in peak season (June),” Hodges continued, “we get the advantage of the lower prices due to our May departure. All other arrangements, such as hotels for those going early or staying in Seattle afterwards, transfers from airport to ship and back and other elements of the trip will all be arranged ahead of time and handled by us, providing almost a door to door package. We’ll even recommend where to park in Nashville to save money on parking while going.”

The Veteran’s group, formed in Cheatham County just a few years ago, has now cruised the Caribbean twice and wanted to do something different in the coming year. “We invite anyone interested in joining us to contact me while we still have space available”, said Hodges, “by e mailing to, or calling 746 4207 or our toll free number for out of area callers, at 1 866 362 0273.

The USVA group meets at the Senior Center on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm, and all Veterans, their family members and supporters of Veterans are invited to attend and join. The primary goal of the group is to help deserving Veterans apply for and receive all the benefits they’re entitled to, and, in addition to their monthly meeting, they hold a workshop on the first Thursday each month at Pinnacle Bank, where they offer “hands on” detailed assistance to Veterans needing to apply for, or follow up on claims. The workshop also starts at 6:30 pm and any interested parties are invited.

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