“There isn’t a thing he can’t do in this business,” said Trainer Frank Kavenaugh who, understanding LaFrance’s love of sports, recommended the appointment. It becomes effective April 10 (1946).
aFrance was an athlete at Ithaca High School, captained the William and Mary college football team, and was playing varsity football for Tennessee Wesleyan when he entered the Army.
On his return to the United States, LaFrance obtained an extended leave during which trainer Kavenaugh devoted several weeks to teaching him the tricks of the trade.
Ithacans recently collected $13,000 to build a home for LaFrance and his wife. Says LaFrance: “I’m lucky.”
Also from the April 15, 1946 Bulletin:
Apparently, from the answers to our questionnaires (have you sent yours in?), a nice fat pension is one of the easiest things to sit on. The bigger it is, the softer it is, and the softer the sitter gets. Also, the bigger he gets in certain portions of his anatomy.
If your answer to the question, “What are you doing now?” is “Nothing”, you’re in danger of becoming a permanent member of the sitters’ club.
BVA was organized by veterans who are just as blind as you. They are taking time off from their work and their studies to help in their organization. The directors come from distant points to New York City every three months to help BVA be of help to you.
Hundreds of fellows are offering constructive suggestions—some are kicking, for which we are thankful. BVA would rather have all the kicks in the world than nothing.
Maybe the directors are the wrong ones. Elections are coming. Nominate some new directors on your own. Get in touch with fellows you know and propose the best officers you can get, but please don’t do nothing! Get up! Get out of the house! Make yourself known to the business concerns in your hometown. Meet the Chamber of Commerce and the local businessmen’s organizations. Think up new jobs that you might do with proper training.
We have members who want to be accountants, stockbrokers, and bank employees. Is that tough? Yeah, it’s tough. But the combined brains of the fellows blinded in World War II can find some way to beat it. Not by sittin’—but by thinking. That’s why BVA was organized. It has one main goal—to place every one of 1,500 blinded veterans out of this war and into what they want to do. That should be worth five bucks a year to you!
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