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Looking for items for unit of Deployed marines - March 13, 2018
One of our members has a grandson whose Marine Corps Unit has been deployed to Afghanistan and are in need of our support. They have requested the items shown below. We have a box set up in the Post for these items, and we will ship them on March 13. There may be another shipment later on. If you would like to make a cash donation, drop it by the Post and we will go purchase more needed items. They have requested:
- Dove shampoo, Dove bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant (Old Spice)
- Games, cards
- Jerky, Slim Jims, granola bars, gummy bears, Cheez-its, instant oatmeal & grits, microwave popcorn, nuts, trail mix, dried fruits, ramen noodles, powdered drink mixes for water and coffee, cookies, tuna/chicken in foil packs.
Patriotic Art Competition for Students - March 31, 2018
Entries for the Auxiliary's annual Young Creative Patriotic Art competition are due by March 31. High School students are eligible to enter this nation wide contest which asks students to create an original painting or drawing conveying their thoughts about patriotism. Entry forms contain all the rules for the artwork.
US Air Force Heritage of America Band concert - Feb 19, 2018
The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band will be at Garner Performing Arts Center (GPAC) on Monday, February 19. The show is 7-9pm, and it’s free, but you do have to have tickets. Use this link to order. (There is a limit of four tickets per order.)
Free Prosthetic Evaluation Clinic Day - Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
There will be a free prosthetic evaluation held in Cary on Wednesday, March 7. Have the opportunity to "trial fit" the latest prosthetic feet and knees and find out how amputees are achieving new levels of comfort and function with their prostheses. (see flyer) RSVP at 803-626-5262.
Cancer Insurance for Auxiliary Life Members - Ongoing
As a member of the VFW Auxiliary, a portion of our annual membership dues goes towards paying the premium on a cancer insurance policy in the event you are stricken with cancer. However, for Life Members, since there are no annual dues, we need to collect the insurance fee ($10) from our Life Members in order for you to be covered. If you are a life member, and have not already paid your insurance, you can send your check for the fee to our Treasurer Gerri Griggs, in care of the Post at 1706 West Garner Road, Garner, NC 27529.
2018 Women MilVets Summit & Expo - Nay 1, 2018
Attention women veterans! Do not miss this FREE opportunity to register for the 3rd bi-annual state-wide 2018 Women MilVets Summit and Expo held just for YOU at the McKimmon Center on the NCSU campus in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 2nd. This exciting event will Empower, Educate and Enrich your life with experiences and needed information that has been put into motion just for YOU! Registration is FREE – you served now let us serve YOU!
Monthly VFW Visits to hospitalized veterans - Change in schedule
Our Post joins with the Garner American Legion for monthly visits to hospitalized veterans. We go on the even numbered months (Feb, April, June, August, October and December) at 10:00 to local Garner nursing homes. We visit The Laurels of Forest Glen and move down Aversboro Road to two other homes bringing refreshments for the vets. Normally we visit on the 2nd Saturday. However, we visit on the 3rd Saturday a few times due to schedule conflicts. Watch for schedule chagnes.
Discounts at Lowe's Home Improvement - Ongoing
Lowe's is proud to offer 10% off eligible purchases every day to active military personnnel and veterans. Enroll today at lowes.com/military.
New Veterans Service Center in Garner - Ongoing
The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs announced that it has opened a new service center in Garner at 315 Bellaris St. The Veterans’ Service Center offers assistance to veterans in filing for VA benefits and can link veterans to a vast network of public, private, and non-profit resources for employment, healthcare, housing, personal services and education opportunities. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. They are opened Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Contact them at 984-232-7060.
Caregiver Support - Ongoing
Are you a caregiver for your veteran? The VA offers many types of support for Caregivers. Check them out at: VA Caregiver Support.
Military Benefits - Ongoing
There are many military benefits that you may not know about. Check out a
list of some of them.
Troops to Teachers - Ongoing
The Troops to Teachers program is set up to meet the needs of current veterans and students. New legislation passed expanded in 2013 the program to all veterans with an honorable military discharge. Read more about the Troops to Teachers program in this interactive quiz.
VFW Foundation of North Carolina - Ongoing
The VFW is a 502 (c) 19 organization, which is reserved for non profit organizations for veterans. The (c) 19 designation in the Federal Tax law limit our donations, as many companies only donate to 501 (c) 3 organizations. However, the VFW Foundation of NC is a 501 (c) 3 organization, which works with the VFW in support of our programs. Many corporate sponsors are set up to donate to the (c) 19 organizations. So both are available for donations to help veterans.
We accept old worn flags - ongoing
Do you have an old worn flag that needs to be destroyed? If so, drop them by the VFW any day, and we will handle it for your. There is a box outside our door to drop them off, day or night. They will be destroyed in accordance with the US Flag Code.
Thanks to our many volunteers - Ongoing
Each month, many of our members work at the Post and in the community to support our veterans. To thank them all in each edition of the Post Newsletter, takes a lot of room - due to the number of people to thank. So we are now listing them here, with a big Thank You, so we don't miss anyone. Check out who we thanked this month.
Supporting our Military
View this inspiring presentation from the third graders of Tussing Elementary, Colonial Heights, Virginia. At the end of the song you can order the sheet music.
Did you know you can send packages overseas by contacting NCPacks4Patriots, a nonprofit organization formed with the mission to support troops and their family members by providing care and comfort items and expressions of appreciation for their service and sacrifices.
Our Post has several family members serving in the War on Terror. Also, the Post has adopted three Military units based from Garner, Cary and Knightdale US Army Reserve Centers.
Click here or on the yellow ribbon at the top of every page, to see how you can support our service personnel and their families.
A great video about why we do what we do to support our military.
They need us, and we need you!