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Chicken BBQ planned as fundraiser - October 22, 2021
The Post and Auxiiary are holding a fund raiser to raise money for two Garner area charities. It will be a chicken BBQ for $10 per plate on Friday, Oct 22, starting with lunch at 11:30. Pre-orders must be placed ahead of time. All funds raised will be shared between a local food bank and a church that has a food pantry.
National Aux President visiting the area - Nov 7-9, 2021
The Auxiliary's National President will be visiting the area in November. On Monday, Nov 8, she will visit Garner's Veterans' Memorial, and then have lunch in Cary at the D & S Cafeteria,1177 Buck Jones Rd., Raleigh. Both events are free, and no reservaions are needed. Then there is a dinner on Monday evening at the Cary Post, 522 Reedy Creek Road, Cary. Reservations are needed for dinner by Oct 25. See the flyer for details.
Post Canteen - currently opened
Cancellations and rescheduled events
The following activities have been cancelled or rescheduled effective March 18, 2020. Watch for updates on resuming or rescheduling dates.
- The Post and Auxiliary meetings are now being held on schedule. Auxiliary members can attend via phone or Zoom if they wish. Contact Secretary Helen Carter to arrange it.
- VA Bingo sponsored by the VFW and American Legion was being held by the VA staff on our behalf. As of now, all patient activities have been moved to patient rooms
only to help prevent the possibility of spread of the virus. We are still prividing funds to support this, but there are no trips to the VA until further notice.
- Visits to the Garner area nursing homes are cancelled until further notice. Donations are being made instead.
- Female Veterans Table Talk meetings which were scheduled since April 2020 were cancelled. The next quarterly meeting will be announed when available.
- The USO center at Raleigh Durham Airport is closed until further notice.
Looking for volunteers - ongling
Hospice of Wake County is actively recruiting Veteran Volunteers for their Veteran hospice patients. Veteran volunteers are a big part of their team with their We Honor Veterans Program. If you are interested in volunteering with them, please contact their Volunteer Coordinator Katie Blanchard, at 919-233-1100.
The Vietnam Wall visit to Garner postponed - new date TBD
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial visit to Garner's Lake Benson Park has been postponed due the limitations on the number
of visitors and type of activities that we are allowed during the covid restritions. It will be rescheduled for some time in the future. As soon as it is rescheduled, the announcement will be made on our website, as well as the official visit website.
Access your VA Medical Center or doctor via the internet - ongoing
There are several options to obtain VA medical services or information using any computer, tablet, or mobile device with an internet connection:
- use VA Video Connect for real-time video access to your VA care team via the internet
- use MyHealthyVet to send a message to your doctor via email
- For those without internet capability, you can receive daily text messages about Coronavirus from Annie, which is the VAís automated text messaging app that sends health information and reminders to any cellphone with texting capabilities. Sign up here.
VA expands virtual services for other benefits - ongoing
Veterans continue to receive other benefits and services after the VA's Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) temporarily closed its 56 regional offices to the public in response to COVID- 19.
Veterans with specific questions can call 1-800-827-1000 or go www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage for additional details. Veterans can continue to get information about benefits, file a claim online or can call for claim-specific questions.
USO campaign - ongoing
Our troops are facing military base restrictions, the shutdown of critical support programs, and even the isolation of quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak. The USO has already spent $50,000 on protective equipment and sanitation supplies to help ensure our centers remain safe and open for service members, but their work can't stop there. Rush a gift now to provide much-needed support to our brave heroes such as phone calls home to reassure loved ones. Donate
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 you. There is a box outside our door to drop them off, day or night. They will be shared with area Boy Scount troops to be destroyed in accordance with the US Flag Code.
Military Benefits - Ongoing
There are many military benefits that you may not know about. Check out a
list of some of them.
Veterans also get free entrance to national parks, refuges and other public lands. Veterans, Gold Star Families, current Military and their
dependents have free access to approximately 2,000 public locations spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands,
which host activities to fit any lifestyle, from serene to high octane, including hiking, fishing, paddling, biking, hunting, stargazing,
camping and much more. See the site.
Vets and care givers keeping in touch with family - Ongoing
The VA Caregiver Support Program would like to introduce a new partnership with CaringBridge. It is a non-profit that allows people going through a health journey to create a free, secure and private website to keep family and friends updated on their health, treatment and recovery. CaringBridge has created a customized and dedicated landing page for Veterans, Service Members, and their Caregivers to connect with family and friends. The Caregiver Support Program and CaringBridge welcome those in need to create a website and experience the support of their loved ones.
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 veterans need us!