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Draughon to speak to Fernley Republican Women Oct. 17

The Fernley Reporter

Tom Draughon, Public Information Officer of the Nevada Veterans Coalition will be the guest speaker for the next meeting of the Fernley Republican Women on Oct. 17 at the Fernley High School Library, 1300 Highway 95A.

A light meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. The public is always invited to attend.

Draughon will speak about the Unclaimed Veterans program, Wreaths Across America and other services and programs provided by the Nevada Veterans Coalition.

Tom Draughon

Draughon grew up in Fort Worth, Texas graduating from Polytechnic High School in 1960. After graduation he joined the U. S. Navy and served 8 ½ years, which included three tours in Vietnam, 1964, 1967 and 1968. This was the beginning of his affinity for the veterans. He later moved west to Susanville, Calif. where he was a Criminal Justice major at Lassen College and lived for many years.

After 38 years of working in power plants he retired. He and his wife, Becky, moved here to Nevada in 1992. He has four daughters and one son. Tom is one of the original members of the Nevada Veterans Coalition Honor Guard. He serves as the training officer making sure that every member of the Honor Guard is fully trained and capable of giving our veterans the final honor that each has earned and deserves. He also serves as the Public Information Officer.

The FRW’s Caring for America/Adopt-a-Soldier Program collects non-perishable foods for the Fernley Food Bank, along with donations of funds and care items for their adopted soldiers. The soldiers need single serving food items, personal care items and, most especially, cards and letters from home. The Literacy Committee collects new children’s books for the Ronald McDonald House and Renown Hospital’s Children’s Ward. All contributions for these important programs will be greatly appreciated. Financial contributions can be sent to the FRW at P. O. Box 412, Fernley, Nevada 89408.

Fernley Republican Women is a group of women (and men as associate members) who share similar conservative values and ideals, and who are dedicated to increasing the influence and effectiveness of women in the cause of good government through political education and active political participation.

For more information, please contact Carol Franich at or check the FRW website

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