Veterans community – United Children of Veterans http://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/ Fri, 20 May 2022 18:04:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/icon-2022-02-04T112559.751-150x150.jpg Veterans community – United Children of Veterans http://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/ 32 32 Millinocket students visit the veterans community in Chelsea https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/millinocket-students-visit-the-veterans-community-in-chelsea/ Fri, 20 May 2022 02:35:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/millinocket-students-visit-the-veterans-community-in-chelsea/ CHELSEA, Maine (WABI) – A school project took a group of eight students from Millinocket Middle School on a three-hour trip to visit the cabin in the Wood Veterans Community in Chelsea. “The biggest thing that would make me very happy is if it could go statewide or nationwide,” Millinocket student Ben Waite said. This […]]]>

CHELSEA, Maine (WABI) – A school project took a group of eight students from Millinocket Middle School on a three-hour trip to visit the cabin in the Wood Veterans Community in Chelsea.

“The biggest thing that would make me very happy is if it could go statewide or nationwide,” Millinocket student Ben Waite said.

This is part of the reason why students choose to visit the veteran community from a long list of project ideas on social issues they come up with.

“It was important for us to see how this whole facility was built,” Waite said.

They said it was also important to meet some of the veterans who live on the 11-acre property, built in 2018 to help address homelessness issues facing veterans. It currently houses 20 veterans in the community of 21 cabins surrounded by nature. Joseph Moore is one of them.

Like many veterans who struggle with homelessness for various reasons, Moore said he was thrilled when he got the call from an available unit after being on the waitlist.

“I remember being a kid and seeing someone who was homeless,” recalls Michael Merrill, program director for Volunteers of America. “There was this idea that they were lazy and didn’t want to give back to the community.”

Merrill says that’s not the case.

“They’re one of the hardest working communities I’ve worked with,” he said.

The student’s goal is to raise awareness of what he calls an invisible problem. They hope to see more of these communities so that those who serve have a place to call home.

“There’s a misconception that young people are self-centered, it disproves that,” Merrill said.

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League to Host Community Engagement Forum for Veterans | Winchester star https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/league-to-host-community-engagement-forum-for-veterans-winchester-star/ Tue, 17 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/league-to-host-community-engagement-forum-for-veterans-winchester-star/ WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University will host a Veterans Community Engagement Forum at 1 p.m. on June 2 at Halpin-Harrison Hall. The event will bring together veterans and the private, public and non-governmental organizations that support them to discuss and foster a better understanding of issues affecting veterans and their families. According to a university press […]]]>

WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University will host a Veterans Community Engagement Forum at 1 p.m. on June 2 at Halpin-Harrison Hall.

The event will bring together veterans and the private, public and non-governmental organizations that support them to discuss and foster a better understanding of issues affecting veterans and their families.

According to a university press release, the forum aims to re-engage veterans and regional Veterans Community Engagement Committees (CVEBs) that focus on strategic actions that optimize support, care, and services for veterans. Veterans. The CVEBs, which operate under the US Department of Veterans Affairs, strive to create collaborative networks at the local level and use community resources to address issues identified by the local community. Additionally, the forum will highlight the many services available to veterans and provide an opportunity to address some of the issues plaguing the veteran community.

League Provost Cameron McCoy said in a press release that it was exciting to once again join forces with CVEBs and community partners to support veterans.

“Shenandoah University is committed to being the school of choice for veterans and the leader in promoting and providing world-class education, services, and support to learners affiliated with the military in our region,” he said.

An Army-affiliated panel will identify veterans’ needs and focus on understanding some of the challenges facing the military community throughout the region. The panel will consist of one active duty member, one veteran, one spouse of one veteran, and one SU student who is the child of one veteran.

Michael Diaz, President of North Shenandoah Valley CVEB, will discuss what has been done to meet the needs of veterans.

The forum will also include a presentation on Bunker Labs, which helps veterans and military spouses start and grow successful businesses. There will also be a roundtable among veteran support organizations regarding the services available in the region and how to promote partnership and collaboration between organizations.

McCoy, a veteran, will share information about the Veterans, Military and Families Center (VMFC) and the upcoming Hub for Innovators, Veterans and Entrepreneurs (HIVE). Participants can review HIVE progress after the event.

In creating the HIVE, the release said Shenandoah University identified an opportunity to support the community by restoring the former National Guard armory on campus. The initiative is designed to support local and regional economic growth and development, while providing an anchor for veterans’ care, services and resources.

Prior to the forum, a luncheon and vendor fair will begin at noon at Halpin-Harrison Hall.

For more information on the forum or to RSVP, visit su.edu/vets.

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Shenandoah University to Host Veterans Community Engagement Forum https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/shenandoah-university-to-host-veterans-community-engagement-forum/ Sat, 07 May 2022 15:53:58 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/shenandoah-university-to-host-veterans-community-engagement-forum/ Posted on Saturday May 1. July 7, 2022, 9:55 a.m. Join AFP’s more than 100,000 followers on Facebook Buy an AFP subscription Subscribe to AFP podcasts on Apple podcast, Spotify and pandora News, press releases, letters to the editor: augustafreepress2@gmail.com Advertising inquiries: freepress@ntelos.net Shenandoah University will host a Veterans Community Engagement Forum on Thursday, June […]]]>

shenandoah universityShenandoah University will host a Veterans Community Engagement Forum on Thursday, June 2 at 1 p.m. at Halpin-Harrison Hall.

The event will bring together veterans and the private, public, and non-governmental organizations that support them at the local, state, and national levels to discuss and foster a better understanding of the issues affecting veterans and their families.

The forum aims to re-engage veterans and regional Veterans Community Engagement Committees (CVEBs) that focus on strategic actions that optimize support, care and services for veterans. Additionally, the forum will highlight the many services available to veterans and provide an opportunity to address some of the issues plaguing the veteran community.

“It is exciting to once again partner with CVEB of the North Shenandoah Valley and host of community partners in our region to identify and support the needs of veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors,” said League Provost Cameron McCoy, Ph.D. “Shenandoah University is committed to being the school of choice for veterans and the leader in promoting and providing an education, of world-class service and support to military-affiliated learners in our region.”

An Army-affiliated panel, consisting of an active duty member, a veteran, a veteran’s spouse, and a Shenandoah student who is the child of a veteran, will identify the needs of veterans and will focus on understanding some of the current issues. challenges faced by members of the military community across the region.

Michael Diaz, chair of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Community Veterans Engagement Board, will share information on what has been done to meet the needs of veterans. CVEBwhich report to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, strive to create collaborative networks at the local level and use community resources to solve problems identified by the local community.

The forum will also include a presentation on Bunker Labs, which helps veterans and military spouses start and grow successful businesses, and a panel discussion among veteran support organizations that will provide an opportunity to learn about current services available in the region and to promote partnership and collaboration between organizations.

Dr. McCoy, a military veteran, will share information about the Veteran, Military, and Family Center (VMFC) and the planned Hub for Innovators, Veterans, and Entrepreneurs (HIVE) during the forum. Participants will have the opportunity to review the progress of HIVE after the event.

In creating the Hive, Shenandoah identified an opportunity to further support the community by restoring the former National Guard Armory located on campus, and the initiative is designed to support economic growth and development in the community and the region, while providing an anchor point for veteran care, services and resources.

A luncheon and vendor fair will precede the Veterans Community Engagement Forum beginning at noon on Thursday, June 2 at Halpin-Harrison Hall.

For more information about the Shenandoah University Veterans Community Engagement Forum, or to confirm your attendance at the event, visit su.edu/vets.

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High praise for Rossendale Veterans Community Center after Labor visit https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/high-praise-for-rossendale-veterans-community-center-after-labor-visit/ Wed, 04 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/high-praise-for-rossendale-veterans-community-center-after-labor-visit/ An east Lancashire hub for military veterans has been hailed as ‘a model for other parts of the country’ by Labour’s shadow defense secretary. John Healey has spoken highly of the Haslingden Veterans Community Center after visiting it last week. It is home to the Veterans in Communities charity which supports veterans staff in East […]]]>

An east Lancashire hub for military veterans has been hailed as ‘a model for other parts of the country’ by Labour’s shadow defense secretary.

John Healey has spoken highly of the Haslingden Veterans Community Center after visiting it last week. It is home to the Veterans in Communities charity which supports veterans staff in East Lancashire.

The center organizes activities for veterans, including arts and crafts groups, a choir and walks. Mr Healey toured the Bury Road center on Thursday with Rossendale Council Leader Cllr Alyson Barnes, meeting staff, touring the center and talking to veterans.

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According to census data, Rossendale has a higher proportion of working-age veterans than the average for England and Wales, with 2.3% (1,015 people) of the borough’s population being from former servicemen of working age.

Mr Healey said: “Labour is deeply proud of our armed forces and veterans for their service in defending and protecting the country. Most leave the forces highly skilled and well-prepared for a successful civilian life, but many are also deeply affected by their military service and find it difficult to cope.

“We need to do more to make sure there is support available for those who need help. It was a real privilege and an inspiration to visit the veterans in the communities. It is an exceptional support service for veterans and a model for other parts of the country. British veterans are being left behind by this government, and the government’s veterans strategy is an action plan with too little action that will make a difference in the lives of veterans.

Veterans In Communities chief executive Amanda Walton said: ‘It is important that parliament and local councilors understand the need for services such as ours and see first hand what it looks like at ground level for a veteran fighter in need.”

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Veterans Community Park works on schedule | News https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-community-park-works-on-schedule-news/ Thu, 31 Mar 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-community-park-works-on-schedule-news/ Construction work on infrastructure improvements to the Veterans Community Park project continues to be installed both around the perimeter of the park itself as well as within the project boundaries. In 2003, Marco Island voters approved a ten million dollar purchase for what was then called the Glonn property. On August 18, 2021, the ceremonial […]]]>


Construction work on infrastructure improvements to the Veterans Community Park project continues to be installed both around the perimeter of the park itself as well as within the project boundaries.

In 2003, Marco Island voters approved a ten million dollar purchase for what was then called the Glonn property. On August 18, 2021, the ceremonial shovels went into the ground nearly 18 years after citizens agreed to the purchase.






Work has gone smoothly as Manhattan Construction of Ft. Myers, Florida proceeds with plans for the park that were developed under the watchful eye of city staff and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. from Marco Island.







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Work continues on Park Avenue as crews work to install sidewalks as well as stormwater drainage improvements according to plans created by Kimley-Horn and Associates in conjunction with Manhattan over the past two years, as well as discussions with city staff and the Marco Island City Council. More than 120 diagonal parking spaces will also be installed along Park Avenue.

A recent tropical event caused problems with the protective fencing surrounding the construction site, causing sand and blowing material issues. The installation of water sprinklers to dampen piles of building materials and soil helped to alleviate this problem.







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The amphitheater itself is structurally designed for a 200mph storm and work continued this week to apply a self-adhesive undercoat before the installation of the silver metal roofing material, while workmen continue to work busily inside the structure. This amphitheater will house specialized lighting and sound equipment, as well as restrooms and locker rooms, all of which will be ADA compliant.

Staff familiar with the project anticipate completion early fall this year.


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Veterans Community Care Program: VA should improve its ability to identify ineligible health care providers https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-community-care-program-va-should-improve-its-ability-to-identify-ineligible-health-care-providers/ Wed, 30 Mar 2022 20:36:57 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-community-care-program-va-should-improve-its-ability-to-identify-ineligible-health-care-providers/ What the GAO found The GAO has found vulnerabilities in the controls used by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and its contractors to identify health care providers who are ineligible to participate in the Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP), which resulted in the inclusion of potentially ineligible providers. Examples of Veterans Community Care Provider Eligibility […]]]>

What the GAO found

The GAO has found vulnerabilities in the controls used by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and its contractors to identify health care providers who are ineligible to participate in the Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP), which resulted in the inclusion of potentially ineligible providers.

Examples of Veterans Community Care Provider Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions

Of more than 800,000 providers assessed, GAO identified approximately 1,600 VCCP providers who were ineligible to work with the federal government, were reported as deceased, or had revoked or suspended medical licenses. For example, the GAO identified a vendor eligible for referrals in the VHA system but whose medical license had been revoked in 2019. The licensing documents indicated that the vendor posed a clear and immediate danger to public health and safety.

VHA and its contractors had controls in place to identify these suppliers. However, existing controls omitted some vendors that could have been identified with stronger controls and more consistent implementation of standard operating procedures. For example, GAO found that VHA was not performing certain automated checks on a monthly basis, as required by the agency’s standard operating procedures.

The GAO also identified weaknesses in the monitoring of vendor address data. Some VCCP providers used commercial mail receiving addresses, such as a United Parcel Service (UPS) store, as the only service address. These addresses could be disguised as business addresses by people intending to commit fraud. VHA has not assessed the risk of fraud that invalid address data poses to the program.

While the number of potentially ineligible providers identified by the GAO represents a relatively small fraction of providers in its analysis, these vulnerabilities put veterans at risk of receiving care from unqualified providers. Additionally, VHA is at risk for fraudulent activity, as some of the vendors identified by the GAO have previous convictions for healthcare fraud.

Why GAO Did This Study

Eligible veterans may receive care from community providers through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VCCP when veterans have difficulty accessing care at VA medical facilities. VA is responsible for ensuring that VCCP providers are qualified and competent to provide safe care to veterans based on eligibility requirements and restrictions.

This testimony summarizes the December 2021 GAO report on VCCP Provider Eligibility Checks. For this report, GAO interviewed relevant officials and reviewed standard operating procedures, policies, and guidelines from VHA and the contractor. To identify potentially ineligible providers, GAO compared data from VHA’s Office of Community Care to data sources related to actions that may exclude providers from participating in the VCCP.

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Veterans Community Project Seeks Incentives for Small House Community in Longmont https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-community-project-seeks-incentives-for-small-house-community-in-longmont/ Mon, 28 Mar 2022 23:10:26 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-community-project-seeks-incentives-for-small-house-community-in-longmont/ The Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit Veterans Community Project has proposed building a new, small 26-unit community in Longmont and is asking city officials to raise some fee waivers to fill a shortfall. funding that could derail the project. The tiny homes will be between 240 and 340 square feet and are intended to serve as […]]]>

The Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit Veterans Community Project has proposed building a new, small 26-unit community in Longmont and is asking city officials to raise some fee waivers to fill a shortfall. funding that could derail the project.

The tiny homes will be between 240 and 340 square feet and are intended to serve as transitional rental housing for individuals and families emerging from homelessness, according to a planning memo from Longmont.

The community would also include a small commercial building that would serve as local administrative offices for VCP.

The group has similar projects in various stages of development in St. Louis; Kansas City, MO; Oklahoma City and Sioux Falls, SD

Kansas City waived development fees, and Sioux Falls leaders agreed to do the same.

VCP, which has a funding shortfall of more than $888,000 for its Boulder County project, is asking Longmont to roughly double development fee waivers to approximately $324,000.

The group says its budget and financial analysis “demonstrate that the project is economically unfeasible without the waiver of additional costs”.

Longmont City Council will review the application on Tuesday and determine if “sufficient information provided to demonstrate that the project cannot proceed (is financially unfeasible) without the additional fee waivers being provided.”

This article was first published by BizWest, an independent news agency, and is published under a license agreement. © 2022 BizWestMedia LLC.

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Letter: Changes to VA could be devastating for veterans and community – Salisbury Post https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/letter-changes-to-va-could-be-devastating-for-veterans-and-community-salisbury-post/ Thu, 24 Mar 2022 04:00:59 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/letter-changes-to-va-could-be-devastating-for-veterans-and-community-salisbury-post/ On behalf of our more than 10,000 Rowan County veterans, we thank Natalie Anderson for her front-page article in the Sunday, March 20 Salisbury Post, “Report Recommends Changes to Salisbury VA. We hope that all veterans and citizens will read this article carefully and fully understand the repercussions and consequences on our community if bureaucrats […]]]>

On behalf of our more than 10,000 Rowan County veterans, we thank Natalie Anderson for her front-page article in the Sunday, March 20 Salisbury Post, “Report Recommends Changes to Salisbury VA.

We hope that all veterans and citizens will read this article carefully and fully understand the repercussions and consequences on our community if bureaucrats in Washington approve and force the implementation of these recommendations in our Veterans Administration Medical Center. of Salisbury.

If you have not read this article, it may be very important for you to understand the changes contained in this bill. For example, it could eliminate most, if not all, of the emergency services, inpatient services, and many outpatient services currently available to our veterans. If passed by Congress, these changes could also result in the loss of up to 1,000 or more medical and professional jobs in our VA.

The article said our Salisbury VA served 77,742 veterans through 2020-21, and the proposed changes could force our veterans to travel to Charlotte or Kernersville for medical services. This may not be a viable option for the majority of veterans and their families.

Although the above changes are not imminent, if approved they could be phased in over the next few years. Now is the time for all of our veterans and citizens to stand up, speak up, and make our congressmen and senators fully aware of our opposition to these changes and the serious consequences they could have on our community. and our veterans. Please write or call your representatives in Washington today.

—Ronnie Smith

Salisbury

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Keen Wealth Advisors donates its time to the Veterans Community Project https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/keen-wealth-advisors-donates-its-time-to-the-veterans-community-project/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 12:42:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/keen-wealth-advisors-donates-its-time-to-the-veterans-community-project/ The Keen Wealth team has spent time volunteering with the Veterans Community Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending veteran homelessness nationwide. OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wealth Management Advisorsa financial advisory firm based in Overland Park, Kansasis proud to announce that its team donated its time by volunteering with the Veterans […]]]>

The Keen Wealth team has spent time volunteering with the Veterans Community Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending veteran homelessness nationwide.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wealth Management Advisorsa financial advisory firm based in Overland Park, Kansasis proud to announce that its team donated its time by volunteering with the Veterans Community Project (VCP), a non-profit organization, independent of federal funding, dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans nationwide.

“VCP is transforming cities across the country, and 90% of the veterans they help get back on their feet and reacclimate to society,” says Bill Keen, founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors. “They make a huge difference to from Kansas City veterans, and the Keen Wealth team is grateful to help. »

Unfortunately, many veterans do not receive the services they need because access is complex and difficult to navigate. According to a recent study by the Department of Veterans Affairs14 of the 20 veterans who die by suicide every day were not connected to the VA or another support agency.

In June 2021, the Bill and Carissa Keen Charitable Foundation and Keen Wealth Advisors awarded a $100,000 grant to develop the Veterans Navigation Campus at Kansas City, Missouri. This innovative initiative will harness the collective power of the local veterans services community and a coalition of trusted partners, including local nonprofits and businesses, to help veterans in their areas of expertise. respective.

“VCP is called a community project for a reason,” says Brandon Mixon, co-founder of VCP, project manager and retired US Army specialist. “Community partners like the Keen family and Keen Wealth Advisors are the reason we can do what we do.”

About Keen Wealth Advisors
As an SEC-registered investment advisory firm, Keen Wealth Advisors is focused on providing personalized financial planning designed to help people thrive before and during their retirement years.

Keen Wealth Advisors was founded by CEO Bill Keen, a licensed retirement planning advisor℠ and financial advisor with 28 years of industry experience. Reflecting his passion for educating others, Bill co-hosts the “Want to retirepodcast and is the author of Want to retirea book focused on the common steps in developing a financial plan and the psychological and emotional challenges associated with retirement.

Keen Wealth Advisors also serves Kansas areas Prairie Village, Leawood, Lenexa.

For more information, visit www.KeenWealthAdvisors.com.

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]]> Sanning embraces a passion for supporting veterans, the community https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/sanning-embraces-a-passion-for-supporting-veterans-the-community/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 02:50:25 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/sanning-embraces-a-passion-for-supporting-veterans-the-community/ Born into a military family, Dotty Sanning grew up in many places while her parents made careers in the United States Air Force and in the federal civilian workforce. Years later, she married a Marine, once again adopting an itinerant lifestyle while developing a lifelong interest in activities to support and honor the country’s veterans. […]]]>

Born into a military family, Dotty Sanning grew up in many places while her parents made careers in the United States Air Force and in the federal civilian workforce.

Years later, she married a Marine, once again adopting an itinerant lifestyle while developing a lifelong interest in activities to support and honor the country’s veterans.

Born at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois, Sanning’s father brought the family with him on several interesting military assignments, including missions in the United States and several years of living in France.

“I attended high school for a while in Easthampton, Massachusetts, but during Christmas break my senior year we moved to Kansas City,” Sanning said. “I graduated from Ruskin High School in 1975 and later married someone in the Air Force, with whom I had a daughter in 1977.”

She and her first husband later divorced, influencing her decision to move to Arizona, where her mother was employed as a civil servant. In 1979, she and her daughter moved to California, embarking on an interesting new time in her life.

“When I was living in California, I met Alan Sanning, who had been in the Marine Corps for a few years and was stationed at Camp Pendleton,” she said.

In 1981, the former Dotty McRae became Dotty Sanning, marrying his fiancée. Over the next few years, his family grew with the addition of two daughters and a son, as they traveled to several locations and Alan finished his career with the Marine Corps.

“Each time we moved to a new duty station, I first stayed home with the kids until everyone was settled, then I got a job,” he said. she declared. “That’s why it took me about 25 years to graduate from college.”

With each posting change, Sanning explained, she became involved in different groups and activities that supported active duty service members. While her husband was stationed at Camp Pendleton, this included joining the Staff NCO Wives’ Club.

“Eventually I became president of the club and I really enjoyed it,” she said. “It wasn’t just because of the camaraderie with other women in the group, but we were involved in activities that were of service to others, something my parents instilled in me from an early age.”

In the late 1990s, when her husband retired from the Marine Corps, the Sanning family moved to Alan’s hometown of Jefferson City. With some of their children still in their youth, Alan stayed home with their younger children while Dotty worked.

Employed briefly for a few different medical facilities, Sanning was eventually hired by the Jefferson City Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. Until her retirement in 2019, she performed a range of administrative duties including budgeting, finance and accounting.

“Before my husband left the Marines, he joined the Marine Corps League,” Sanning said. “After we moved to Jefferson City, he suggested I join the Marine Corps League Auxiliary, which I did.”

Fully invested in the auxiliary, Sanning rose through the ranks with the local Marine Corps League Auxiliary unit and went on to serve in several state and national capacities within the organization. Currently, she is the National Junior Vice President of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary.

“I love meeting people at all of our events, the camaraderie and being able to help others,” she said.

Sanning also became a member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary Unit at Lake Ozark, assisting the group in numerous charitable endeavors. Additionally, she is currently helping an auxiliary unit organize in Maryland, drawing on her extensive experience as a volunteer at various levels within the organization.

“Wherever there is a need, the auxiliary tries to be there and help,” she said. “We collected items to support the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center; on another occasion, we bought supplies and painted the bathrooms for the Special Learning Center. Then, she added, there are also the care packages that we have sent to our deployed troops and veterans in nursing homes.

Seeking to be part of an organization that supports veterans from all branches of the military, Sanning also became a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Jefferson City.

“The Legion Auxiliary does many service projects that are different from the Marine Corps League Auxiliary, but everything we do helps veterans and the community, like giving time, money and items at the VA hospital.”

As Sanning has argued, she was imbued with a great respect for the military and a sense of public service from an early age. These were the first lessons she passed on successfully, as evidenced by the fact that three of her four children went on to serve in the military.

“There’s always a new or different need that comes up that we’re happy to help with…whether it’s a project graduation, donations to the fire department during Fire Safety Week or making blankets for veterans in the hospital,” she said.

She concluded: “When you volunteer, I have found that not only is it important to be able to effectively channel that passion, but you also have to be a leader, striving to encourage and mentor others. volunteers so that they may succeed as well.”

Jeremy P. Ämick writes on behalf of the Silver Star Families of America.

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