Locals Raise Money for the Wounded Warriors Project


HAGERSTOWN, Md.Joann Rankin and her husband own a flea market on National Pike in Hagerstown. But that is not all they do. For the past two years, they have dedicated one day to helping injured military members and veterans.

And for the third year in a row, they hosted a fundraiser at their market to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project.

"This is the most outstanding year of all,” said Joann Rankin.

The event featured a car show and a burnout competition, with all entrance fees and sales going towards the Wounded Warriors Project.

"We take care of our own,” said Jeff Mangum of the Marine Corps League, Antietam Detachment. “And these guys have given everything they had and unfortunately, they've paid a dear price, so those of us who can, give back to them. To help them, protect them, and help them lead a normal life."

Members of the military at the event say the organization has helped many men and women returning from war adjust to life back at home.

"Coming home's the hardest,” said retired Military Specialist James Meeker. “And you can't wait to get home but there's still a lot of readjusting. So like I said, it's good that there are events like this to show the troops, even the old veterans, that you're not alone out there."

For Joann, it is a cause that is close to her heart. "I’ve lost a couple brothers and I believe strongly in the patriotism of this country," said Rankin

The Rankins say they want to continue hosting this event every year.

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