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Disabled American Veterans raises funds to help veterans who have exhausted other resources.

“Food, housing and fuel are the big ones, and unexpected home issues,” Neil France, a treasurer of DAV Chapter 117, said.

Next month, a benefit motorcycle ride and poker run will be held in Cookeville to help with some of those expenses.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Boswell’s Harley Davidson on Interstate Drive in Cookeville.

A group of riders will travel to Docks Sports Bar and Grill in Baxter, to The Spot in Gainesboro and Gearheads on Spring Street before returning to Boswell’s.

“You get a card at each stop,” Bob Hines, commander of DAV Chapter 117, said. “Whoever has the best poker hand (at the end) wins.”

France said the group relies on big events like this, in which they hope to raise several thousand dollars, to help veterans.

“A lot of guys are falling through the cracks,” Hines said.

France said the group usually spends about $4,000 per year helping veterans.

“There was one guy, his water heater broke, and he needed a new floor in his trailer,” France said.

“Sometimes we give money for medication, or if a homeless person needs a hotel.”

DAV also helps with security deposits for homeless vets who are trying to get back on their feet.

“All of our money goes to the vets,” said Tony Scionti Jr., who also works as an employment specialist with the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program. “We keep it local.”

Humps and the Blackouts will play during the Sept. 10 event.

The cost is $10 to ride, $5 per passenger, $5 for a poker hand and $5 for food plates (free for riders).

Registration for the ride and poker run begins at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at Boswell’s.