Two area veterans groups raised funds and donated the funds toward the construction of a military academy training course.

At its quarterly meeting in Dover on Jan. 30, the State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America and representatives of VVA New Castle County Chapter 83 and Kent County Chapter 850 contributed a total of $2,000 toward the construction of U.S. Marine Corps obstacle course at First State Military Academy in Clayton.

On the same day, at its own bi-monthly meeting, the Delaware Veterans Coalition contributed another $500 to the project.

The obstacle course will provide a resource for the school's students and demonstrate to the U.S. Marine Corps that the affiliated school is going to be a national model and should be assisted, said FSMA Board Member Chuck Baldwin, who is a retired Navy command master chief.

The $27,500 project will construct a state-of-the-art facility for cadets to train on, host school competitions and demonstrate on a state and national level the importance of physical fitness in the development of young men and women.

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