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POW/MIA Service rescheduled for this week - Friday, Sept 22, 2017
The annual POW/MIA service is scheduled for this Friday, Sept 22, not for Sept 15 as was advertised in the current newsletter. This was a mistake on our part. But we will remember these missing soldiers - even if it is a little late this year. Please join us on Friday for this moving service at 7:00 PM.
Assistance to those veterans affected by the recent Hurricames
State Auxiliary President Ivy Blueher has spoken with the Dept. President for Texas. She said we could send donations to the Texas VFW Headquarters and earmark it for the VFW or Auxiliary, to be used as determined by the Dept. of Texas. Such donations can be sent directly to the Dept. of Texas headquarters (Texas VFW, 8503 N. IH 35, Austin, Texas 78753).
Another option is to 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.
VFW Visits to the Durham VA - Change in schedule
For some years now, the Garner VFW has made their visits to the VA hospital on the 1st Wednesday of each quarter at 7:00 PM. However, in recent years, as some of our faithful hospital volunteers have passed on, we have fewer and fewer members joining us. And some don’t like to come at night. The Garner American Legion has the same issues. So they approached us recently to see if we wanted to join them in their visits. They visit the Durham VA 6 times each year, on the 4th Wednesday of all the odd numbered months - January, March, May, July, September and November. Their visit is at 1:00 pm, but they usually get there about 12:30. The remaining months (all the even numbered ones), they visit local Garner nursing homes, visiting the veterans. They visit Northpointe, Lawndale and Laurels of Forest Glenn – all of which are just off Aversboro Road in Garner. They go on the 3rd Saturday of February, April, June, August, September, and November, starting at 10 am at The Laurels of Forest Glen and move down Aversboro Road, bringing refreshments for the vets. Their next visit is this Saturday, September 16.
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