Election Day kindness: A veteran serves his country again

13News Now LaSalle Blanks has the story on one veteran volunteering in his community in Chesapeake for Election Day.

CHESAPEAKE, VA (WVEC) -- Felton Brown's favorite colors are red, white, and blue.

"I really, really love this country," he said. 

And you could see that love on Election Day at the Camelot precinct on Guenevere Drive in Chesapeake, where Mr. Brown serves at the chief elections officer. He feels like it's another way to serve our country after serving in the Army and the Vietnam War.

"When I was in the military, I spent some time in Vietnam," he said. "And each time I would leave this country, I realized how blessed we are to have this country. I know sometimes people complain about a few things, but we are the best. Every time I'd come back I'd kiss the ground."

Election Day has become a passion of his, coordinating teams of volunteers who are there to assist voters who may need help casting their vote. He also tries to manage last-second adjustments -- from extra seating to accommodate the throngs of people eager to vote or for people who may have trouble standing for long periods of time.

Another concern for him is keeping the line moving to make things as pleasant as possible for residents looking to do their civic duty. Today, he took great pride in showing a first-time volunteer the ropes: 24-year-old Walter Powell.

"They are our guests," Mr. Brown said. "We're going to make sure we do our best to make sure they're taken care of when they come." 

The more people who show up at his precinct can create more possible headaches, but it also makes Mr. Brown feel more love for his country and community fulfilling what he calls their civic duty. 



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