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Fundraiser set to support prayer in Bossier Young Marines program

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The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs has planned a box lunch fundraiser to support the Bossier Young Marines program. The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs has planned a box lunch fundraiser to support the Bossier Young Marines program.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says participants in the Bossier Young Marines program have the option of participating in voluntary prayer. Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says participants in the Bossier Young Marines program have the option of participating in voluntary prayer.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

A fundraiser is set for this Friday to support a local Young Marines program that is no longer getting federal funds because of the inclusion of religious activities.

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs has planned a box lunch fundraiser to
benefit the Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines program. 

The event will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home, located at 3130 Arthur Ray Teague Parkway, Bossier City, LA 71112, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. 

The lunch will include chicken-and-sausage jambalaya, bread and dessert.  There is a suggested donation of $10 per box. 

All proceeds go directly toward the Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines program.

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington declined to accept $15,000 in federal grant money for the program earlier this year, after he says the Department of Justice requested through the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement that the voluntary prayer and use of the word God in the Young Marines oath be halted.

Whittington has also declined another $15,000 from the federal government for a similar youth diversion program also run by the Bossier Sheriff's Department.

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