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Opening for Auxiliary officer - November 8, 2017
Our Auxiliary Sr. Vice President Dee Buchanan as resigned due to health and other reasons. This means that our Jr. Vice President David Ball moves up to Sr. Vice and we will elect a new Jr. Vice President at the November meeting. All Auxiliary members are asked to consier running for this position.
Veterans Day Activities - November 11, 2017
We always have lots of activites going on on Veterans Day. Some are typically done on November 11, and some are done on the weekend prior to Veterans Day. However, with Veterans Day falling on a Saturday, they are all scheduled for the same day. So we need EVERYONE to help with all of the activties. This is what we will be involved in:
- Veterans Day Parade in Raleigh - Saturday, Nov 11 - Help assemble and ride the float. Contact Bob Carter
- Garner's Veterans Day Service at Aversboro Baptist Church - Saturday, Nov 11 - contact Jeff Hicks
- Tours at Garner Veterans Memorial - Saturday, Nov 11 - Contact Jeff Hicks
- Buddy Popply Drive - throughout the weekend
- Visist to Lawndale Manor in Garner - Friday, Nov 10 - Contact Helen Carter
- Vows for Vets - Friday, Nov 10
- Judging Veterans Day Essay Contest - Saturday, Nov 18 - Contact Helen Carter
Assistance to those veterans affected by the recent Hurricanes
You can make a $10 donation to the VFW’s national relief efforts by texting the keyword “NEEDS” to 27722, or mail in your donation of any amount to: VFW Quartermaster General, 406 W 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. All funds raised will be distributed to veterans, military personnel and their families inpacted by the recent hurricanes.
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 10:0 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.
On the 4th Wednesday at 1:00 PM of the remaing months (January, March, May, July, September and November), we visit the Durham VA to play BINGO with the patients. Please join us if you can.
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.
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.
Local Food Bank donations - Ongoing
Community of Hope is part of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a local food pantry which accepts donations of a variety of food products that they pick up each week and take for local people in need. See a list of good foods to donate, and leave them by the Post in the box marked for this purpose.
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. 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.
Watch this excellent video of why we do what we do to support our military