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The Wall coming to Garner - April 14-19, 2020
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has announced that The Wall That Heals 2020 national tour will include a stop next to the Garner Veterans Memorial in Lake Benson Park this April. There are several activities planned for the visit, and it must be man'ed all hours of the day and night during its time here. So, we will need lots of people to help with the thousands of visitors expected. To make a donation of ether time or funds, see the website. You can also follow the plans or make comments on the Facebook page.
Youth Art competitions - entries due by March 31, 2020
The Auxiliary has started a new art competition for elementary school children. This is an art contest called Illustrating America and is opened to kindegarden through 8th grade students. Also, the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest is offered again this year for students in 9th through 12th grade. Read about both and get the entry forms here.
Female Veterans Table Talk - 6:00 pm - April 16, 2020
The Auxiliary will be hosting its quarterly meeting of Female Veterans on Thursday, Apr 16 at the Garner Sr Center. This is a group of female veteras who discusses issues unique to them. Each meeting has guests from the community and various agencies that can offer information. Dinner is served.
Access to PX and Post Exchanges expanded - Effective Jan 1, 2020
According to the Department of Defense, starting Jan. 1, 2020, all service-connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former POWs, and individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans under the VA program of Compre-hensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) can use commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) retail facilities, in-person and online. For more information regarding these privi-leges and access to military installations, visit www.militaryonesource.mil/expanding-access
Blue Water Navy and Coast Guard Vietnam Veterans - Effective Jan 1, 2020
Blue Water Navy and Coast Guard Vietnam Veterans have now been approved for Agent Orange Exposure Presumption. The law was signed on June 25, 2019, and takes effect on January 1, 2020. See the article.
VFW Southen Conference meeting comes to NC - Oct 29-Nov 1, 2020
It is North Carolina's turn to host the annual meeting of the 14 Southern states of the VFW and Auxiliary. The meeting will be held in Asheville, NC this fall. See the full package, and make reservations if you plan on attending.
Interview with our Sr. Vice Cmdr - taped on May 29, 2019
Recently, the town of Garner did an interview with our Sr. Vice Commander Jeff Hicks. Jeff is also the Commander of the American Legion Post 232 in Garner, and is outgoing President of the Garner Veterans Advisory Committee. All this makes Jeff a knowledgeable person on veteransí issues here in Garner, as well as on immigrants coming to the US and settling here. See the interview here.
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 destroyed in accordance with the US Flag Code.
Veterans discounts at home improvement stores - Ongoing
Both Lowes and Home Depot are now offering store discounts of 10% off eligible purchases every day to active military personnnel and veterans. Some limitations may apply, so read the article, or check with the stores for exact prices.
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.
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 we do what we do to support our military.
They need us, and we need you!