armed forces – United Children of Veterans http://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 08:04:08 +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 armed forces – United Children of Veterans http://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/ 32 32 The Poplar Club of Accrington will hold a fundraiser for veterans https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/the-poplar-club-of-accrington-will-hold-a-fundraiser-for-veterans/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 16:11:26 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/the-poplar-club-of-accrington-will-hold-a-fundraiser-for-veterans/ Written by community journalist, Liam Milton A Hyndburn charity is to hold a fundraising event at the Poplar Club in Accrington to help veterans of the armed forces. The funds raised will be used to finance a “mess club” which aims to promote socialization within a group of veterans. Faith Marriott MBE, Business Development Manager, […]]]>

Written by community journalist, Liam Milton

A Hyndburn charity is to hold a fundraising event at the Poplar Club in Accrington to help veterans of the armed forces.

The funds raised will be used to finance a “mess club” which aims to promote socialization within a group of veterans.

Faith Marriott MBE, Business Development Manager, said: ‘This group is trying to encourage each other to get out from behind the woodwork, get out of the house, reduce isolation, reduce mental health [issues]and just come up with ideas of what they want to do.

“A lot of services are about what they offer, we want this group of people to develop what they want out of it.”

Homes For Humanity, based in Eastgate, Accrington, aims to provide people at risk across Hyndburn with sustainable housing and employment.

Ms Marriott said: ‘The charity is about veterans, allowing them to come and talk to us about their mental health issues, [or] if they are looking for work.

“Lately we’ve had a few struggling to find accommodation, unsecured accommodation, issues with landlords, etc.”

Ms Marriott added: ‘We also aim to work with low-income families and anyone who is looking for work or needs a foothold or step on the ladder so to speak.

The event starts at 7.30pm with tickets priced at £10 including sausage sandwiches.

For more details visit their website here.


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ROKiT to support UK veterans’ charitable post-fight care https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/rokit-to-support-uk-veterans-charitable-post-fight-care/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/rokit-to-support-uk-veterans-charitable-post-fight-care/ Care after Combat provides support within the criminal justice system for the well-being of former members of the UK Armed Forces and their families, through a one-on-one mentorship program inside and outside prison, the mentors being veterans themselves. Care after Combat works with individuals to get them where they deserve to be in society at […]]]>

Care after Combat provides support within the criminal justice system for the well-being of former members of the UK Armed Forces and their families, through a one-on-one mentorship program inside and outside prison, the mentors being veterans themselves. Care after Combat works with individuals to get them where they deserve to be in society at large and to reduce recidivism rates. What Care after Combat provides really works; most of those helped by the charity do not return to prison and truly succeed in life within the wider civilian community, making a positive contribution to society.

Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick said: “Many military veterans really struggle with civilian life once they leave the services. As a result and for a variety of reasons, many veterans end up in the criminal justice system and, although I think While society in general fails to provide veterans with sufficient personal support, charities such as Care after Combat are doing a fantastic job helping hundreds of veterans during and after their release from prison. and proud to be able to support Care after Combat, not only with direct financial assistance, but we will also be placing the Care after Combat logos on our cars and driver suits that will be racing in the British Touring Car Championship this season, to raise awareness of the public about the charity and the very important work it does.”

Adrian KirkCEO of Care after Combat, said, “The entire Care after Combat team is thrilled to have the support of ROKiT. It is very clear that Jonathan shares our passion for supporting veterans of the British Armed Forces and I am truly grateful to him that he has chosen to support Care after Combat in what we do. ROKiT’s support will have a direct impact on the lives and life chances of the veterans we help.

Co-founded by entrepreneurs Jonathan Kendrick and Jean-Paul DeJoriathe ROKiT group of companies has a diverse portfolio of innovative technologies, premium products and pioneering services, including mobile phones, smart Wi-Fi technologies, beverage brands, e-bikes, payment cards , 3D content production, product development and global content distribution and is heavily involved in a number of sponsorship programs to help promote the growth of these businesses and services including Formula E, IndyCar, BTCC, DTM, NHRA and others.

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Rangers legend Gordon Smith encourages fans to donate to veterans’ charity https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/rangers-legend-gordon-smith-encourages-fans-to-donate-to-veterans-charity/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/rangers-legend-gordon-smith-encourages-fans-to-donate-to-veterans-charity/ Rangers legend Gordon Smith encourages fans to donate to veterans’ charity A RANGERS legend encourages fans to donate to veterans’ charity during this weekend’s game against Hearts. Former striker Gordon Smith is supporting the Erskine Veterans charity which will have volunteers at Ibrox this Sunday to raise funds. Gordon has been chairman of the Rangers […]]]>

Rangers legend Gordon Smith encourages fans to donate to veterans’ charity

A RANGERS legend encourages fans to donate to veterans’ charity during this weekend’s game against Hearts.

Former striker Gordon Smith is supporting the Erskine Veterans charity which will have volunteers at Ibrox this Sunday to raise funds.

Gordon has been chairman of the Rangers Supporters Erskine Appeal (RSEA) since last year.

Glasgow Times: Gordon Smith and Ian Cumming at Ibrox

Glasgow Times: Gordon Smith and Ian Cumming at Ibrox

Gordon Smith and Ian Cumming at Ibrox

He said: “Rangers fans have continued to show incredible generosity to our Armed Forces heroes since Erskine’s conception in 1916.

“I am delighted that the incredible work they are doing for veterans in Scotland is being recognized by this special event at Ibrox on Sunday, and I am honored to support our Erskine veterans in any way I can – now and in the years to come. to come.”

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The funds will help nearly 1,000 former servicemen, women and their families receive support through the charity’s network of four care homes and the Veterans’ Village.

The village is made up of 44 cabins, the Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre, five assisted living apartments and 24 transitional housing apartments.

Since it was launched by Rangers fan Tom Clark in 2007, the RSEA fundraiser has already raised over £1million for Erskine.

These funds contributed to a Sporting Memories room, a Reminiscence room, a Namaste room and a Bridge Activities room.

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Fan efforts have also resulted in the purchase of lifting aids and an assisted bath in the Erskine house, as well as renovations to the physiotherapy department, weekly aromatherapy sessions, the garden and the centennial trail, the Playlist for Life music project, weekly therapy session music and a hybrid vehicle.

Wing Commander Ian Cumming MBE, Managing Director of Erskine, said: “Everyone at Erskine is looking forward to Sunday’s game between Rangers and Hearts and we are sure it will be a fantastic spectacle for the fans of both. fields.

“We are hugely grateful to Rangers for allowing us to fundraise on the day and any money raised will give a massive boost to veterans in Scotland.”

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Shadow Defense Secretary visits Burnley veterans charity https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/shadow-defense-secretary-visits-burnley-veterans-charity/ Mon, 31 Jan 2022 12:03:12 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/shadow-defense-secretary-visits-burnley-veterans-charity/ The couple were introduced to the center by Chief Executive and Army veteran Andrew Powell, met the charity’s staff and volunteers and spoke with veterans currently housed and supported by Healthier Heroes . The charity, which opened in 2018, houses and supports ex-servicemen in Burnley and surrounding towns. As part of the visit, Mr. Healey […]]]>

The couple were introduced to the center by Chief Executive and Army veteran Andrew Powell, met the charity’s staff and volunteers and spoke with veterans currently housed and supported by Healthier Heroes .

The charity, which opened in 2018, houses and supports ex-servicemen in Burnley and surrounding towns.

As part of the visit, Mr. Healey and Coun. Anwar heard from veterans supported by the charity about the challenges they faced transitioning to civilian life after leaving the armed forces, such as drug and alcohol issues, involvement in the criminal justice system and the breakdown of relationships.

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Shadow Defense Secretary John Healey MP visited award-winning Burnley veterans charity Healthier Heroes CIC

Mr Healey said: “Labour is deeply proud of our armed forces and our veterans for the work they have done, and continue to do, in defending and protecting the country.

“Most veterans leave the Forces highly skilled and equipped for civilian life, but it is our moral duty to ensure that those who need help receive adequate support. Healthier Heroes is a great model of this support for the rest of the country.

“Labour will also continue to push for the Armed Forces Covenant to be fully incorporated into law so that the interests of the communities of the forces are protected.”

The senior politician went on to explain how Labor led the arguments, backed by charities such as the Royal British Legion, in Parliament on the Armed Forces Bill to ensure central government is accountable for the implementation of the Armed Forces Pact. The Covenant is a pledge by the nation to ensure that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The new Armed Forces Act 2021 obliges local governments and other local public bodies to “pay due regard” to the Covenant, but exempts the central government from it. Labor backed cross-party amendments to address the issue, but the government forced Tory MPs to reject them, including Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham.

According to census data, over 2.44% (1,359 veterans) of Burnley’s working-age population are veterans. This is a higher proportion of working age veterans than in the North West region.

Healthier Heroes chief executive Andrew Powell said: “The staff and residents of Healthier Heroes were pleased to welcome MP John Healy and Council Leader Afrasiab Anwar to Bancroft House on Friday. The visit went very well as he now appreciates the importance and need for the service that Healthier Heroes provides to veterans and their families across Lancashire.

“Residents spoke about their journey so far and the help and support they have been given, which will help them reintegrate back into their communities knowing they have continued to receive support. closeness from the staff.”

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Selling care home shows support for veterans’ charity with £500 donation https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/selling-care-home-shows-support-for-veterans-charity-with-500-donation/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/selling-care-home-shows-support-for-veterans-charity-with-500-donation/ Care home staff handed over the check to the charity Submitted by Celine Bisson A charity supporting veterans has received a cash boost from a local care home. Trafford Veterans, a support group for veterans in Greater Manchester, has received a £500 donation from Care UK’s Oakfield Croft care home in Sale. The group was […]]]>

Care home staff handed over the check to the charity

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A charity supporting veterans has received a cash boost from a local care home.

Trafford Veterans, a support group for veterans in Greater Manchester, has received a £500 donation from Care UK’s Oakfield Croft care home in Sale.

The group was formed in 2015 by two armed forces veterans with the aim of supporting the transition of army veterans to their local community.

Activities run by the group include organizing regular events to encourage veterans to try new hobbies such as football and gardening, and organizing trips around the UK, as well as opportunities volunteering for the local population.

Claire Wright, co-founder of Trafford Veterans, said: “We are so grateful to receive funding from the Oakfield Croft Care UK team. This generous donation will allow us to continue to support local veterans and give them the opportunity to thrive in the Trafford community.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the Care UK team for their support – we are particularly looking forward to visiting the house and organizing any joint events or activities with the residents once the restrictions allow.”

Daniel Cole, Home Manager of Oakfield Croft, said: “We understand the vital support that Trafford Veterans provide to veterans of all ages in our community, and we are delighted to be able to help them continue their fantastic work.

“We have a number of veterans here at Oakfield Croft, so it’s definitely a cause close to our hearts.

“We are delighted to mark the start of a great relationship between Oakfield Croft and Trafford Veterans with a donation to support their continued work in the community.

“We look forward to inviting them home once we can.”

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British Curry Day at Atherstone will raise money for veterans’ charity https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/british-curry-day-at-atherstone-will-raise-money-for-veterans-charity/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/british-curry-day-at-atherstone-will-raise-money-for-veterans-charity/ Pic: Maya Bar and Restaurant is raising funds for veterans Submitted by Angela Belassie A restaurant in Atherstone is raising money for a veterans’ charity by commemorating the ancestors who introduced the British to a taste of India. British Curry Day was launched to mark those who came to Britain from the 1960s, opening restaurants […]]]>

Pic: Maya Bar and Restaurant is raising funds for veterans

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A restaurant in Atherstone is raising money for a veterans’ charity by commemorating the ancestors who introduced the British to a taste of India.

British Curry Day was launched to mark those who came to Britain from the 1960s, opening restaurants and takeaways, and to show support for the industry today.

Maya Bar and Restaurant on Sheepy Road in Atherstone, North Warwickshire, has announced it will donate £1 to the Veterans Contact Point (VCP), appointed by North Warwickshire MP Craig Tracey, for each Tikka Masala sold in December.

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Kamal Miah, who runs Maya Restaurant and is the third generation in the industry, said: “We want to celebrate our ancestors who had the resilience to build what is now a billion pound industry.

“Many families have benefited from the profession – either working in industry or having the opportunity to pursue other vocations – be it medicine, engineering or law – as a result.

“I believe in helping those in need and it really is a team effort.”

Kamal, 47, who came to the UK from Bangladesh aged six, grew up in Lozells and ran his first restaurant aged 19.

The former St Francis pupil quickly learned English and adapted to a new way of life. His father worked two jobs – in a factory and in a restaurant, his grandfather opened a restaurant in Sparkhill, and his older brother and uncle were also in the industry.

Kamal, a father of six, who started helping in the kitchen at the age of 14, said: “Restaurant life is in my blood. I knew I would work in the trade – unless I became a famous footballer.

Kamal, whose maternal grandfather was in the British Navy (HMS Cambridge), said he grew up with the “best of both worlds” combining the two cultures.

He added: “I believe people of my generation have created variations on the traditional curry and added a modern twist to it.”

But the industry has faced its share of challenges, especially in the wake of the pandemic.

Kamal, who set up a takeaway in Nuneaton during the pandemic, also struggled to recruit staff due to work permit issues.

He said: “It has been a difficult time – from dealing with lockdowns, cancellations due to Covid, difficulties getting supplies and staffing issues.

“But we have very favorable customers. We are always open. We are still negotiating. We are still healthy. We are grateful.

British Curry Day coincides with 50 years of independence in Bangladesh and is a national holiday in the country on December 16.

And the event will raise funds for the Atherstone and Dordon Veterans Point of Contact (VCP), chosen by Mr Tracey.

The centers are run by military veterans for veterans who live in the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) area.

Mr Tracey said he was delighted to support British Curry Day and VCP with Maya, who were also part of the Food4NHS project – delivering meals to frontline workers.

He said: “British curry is full of cultural integration and the heritage built up over the past decades has helped to make it the nation’s favorite dish.

“It has been fascinating to learn more about Bangladeshi heritage and both the history of their curry pioneers, as well as the importance placed on caring for their community, which is reflected very well in their generosity in supporting the VCP.

“I would also like to convey my congratulations to the Bangladeshi community on this 50th year of independence.”

Kamal, who received a community support award from Warwickshire High Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant Joe Greenwell, said: “It has been a difficult time for many people. I have lost friends to Covid and I know many have struggled.

Tam Webster, peer support manager at the Armed Forces charity’s Veterans Contact Point, said: ‘We are delighted that British Curry Day, which marks the nation’s favorite dish and links to independence of Bangladesh, support our charity. This will help us continue to develop our services to veterans.

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Home Mess, a Sheffield-based veterans charity, pays tribute to former Lord Mayors for their support https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/home-mess-a-sheffield-based-veterans-charity-pays-tribute-to-former-lord-mayors-for-their-support/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/home-mess-a-sheffield-based-veterans-charity-pays-tribute-to-former-lord-mayors-for-their-support/ Councilor Denise Fox and Councilor Anne Murphy receive certificates and are Life Members of Home Hess. Home Mess, an armed forces charity based in Farm Road, Sheffield, held an open day on Saturday 13 November, with entertainment by a war singer performing songs from the era. Anthony Cooper said: “We don’t just remember those who […]]]>
Councilor Denise Fox and Councilor Anne Murphy receive certificates and are Life Members of Home Hess.

Home Mess, an armed forces charity based in Farm Road, Sheffield, held an open day on Saturday 13 November, with entertainment by a war singer performing songs from the era.

Anthony Cooper said: “We don’t just remember those who fell in the world wars and the conflicts that followed.

“We honor three former Lord Mayors as life members of the charity for their support of veterans’ interests.”

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Brian Lister, served in the REME

Former Sheffield mayors Anne Murphy and Denise Fox were able to receive their lifetime memberships to the Home Mess, which has been in existence for seven years to support veterans of the three services.

Councilor Fox said, “We are truly honored to receive this certificate today, acknowledging that we support them, and want to say thank you so much to everyone involved in awarding the certificate. »

Councilor Murphy said, “It’s a real honour. It is a privilege to sit with all of you this afternoon.

Jack Johnson served with Army Ordnance Corp

“It’s been a long time since we were able to get together because of the pandemic.

“Today is even more special because we haven’t seen all of you for two years now.

“It’s a memory. It’s very special to receive this award from you guys.

The other former Lord Mayor to be honored was Councilor Tony Downing, who was unable to attend.

Darren Webb, served in the Navy from 1977 to 2000, a veteran of the Falklands War
Anthony Cooper with Councilors Denise Fox and Anne Murphy.
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American Airpower Museum to Host Honor Flight Reunion of WWII Veterans – Community News https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/american-airpower-museum-to-host-honor-flight-reunion-of-wwii-veterans-community-news/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/american-airpower-museum-to-host-honor-flight-reunion-of-wwii-veterans-community-news/ On Saturday, December 4, 2021, the American Airpower Museum and Honor Flight Long Island will host a reunion of nine World War II veterans. On October 3, 2021, Honor Flight escorted this group of veterans on an early morning free flight to Washington, D.C. During their trip, these veterans visited the World War II Memorial, […]]]>

On Saturday, December 4, 2021, the American Airpower Museum and Honor Flight Long Island will host a reunion of nine World War II veterans. On October 3, 2021, Honor Flight escorted this group of veterans on an early morning free flight to Washington, D.C.

During their trip, these veterans visited the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the “Changing of the Guard” and a special wreath laying ceremony. Honor Flight brought the veterans back to Islip MacArthur Airport that evening for a welcome by the Long Island Bagpipe Band and families.

These WWII veterans, their guardians and families will attend a patriotic reunion to Saturday, December 4, 2021, hosted by the American Airpower Museum and sponsored by Honor Flight Long Island (HFLI). The meeting is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at AAM, Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale. This is a public event, so come cheer on the veterans at an “honors ceremony” as each is presented with a JJournal tribute full of photos taken during their historic day in the capital. Admission for the nine veterans, their guardians and their families is free. Public admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and veterans, $8 for children (5-12). No prior registration is required for public admission. More info on www.americanairpowermuseum.org (631) 293-6398.

Meet and greet this gallant band of brothers and a sister! They are: Dominick Critelli, 100, Army, Parc Floral; Vincent DePalo, 98, Army Air Corps, Bethpage; Constantin Efthimiades, 96, army, Whitestone; Robert Harms, 95, Navy, Carle Place; Louis Peretz, 100, Army Air Corps, Commack; Eleanor Rizutto, 100, Army, Franklin Square; Stephen Samsel, 94, Navy, Fairfield, CT; Vincent Tolve, 98, Army Air Corps, Mastic Beach; Eugene Zanger, 93, Army, Massapequa.

This great event includes speeches from HFLI President Bill Jones and AAM President and Founder Jeff Clyman. Elected officials are expected to attend and present citations to veterans. The Fort Salonga Community Band will perform the patriotic medley known as the “Armed Forces Salute,” featuring five official United States Armed Forces melodies: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Guardsmen. ribs. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by HFLI. Come honor our heroes of the greatest generation!

Honor Flight is accepting applications for the 2022 trips from World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans. Veterans travel for free, thanks to donations from across Long Island. They are accompanied by tutors, next generation, able-bodied volunteers who donate $400 (tax deductible) to offset travel expenses.

If there is no family member to act as guardian, Honor Flight has volunteers ready to step in for the privilege of escorting our heroes to their memorials. Interested in an Honor Flight 2022? Please contact Jamie Bowden, (631) 702-2423 or JBowden@southamptontownny.gov or www.honorflightlongisland.org.

Contact: Robert F. Salant, Public Affairs for American Airpower Museum and Honor Flight Long Island, Post Office Box 422, Franklin Square, NY 11010, (516) 328-3959, rsalant123@outlook.com.

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Supporting veterans, community for over 30 years https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/supporting-veterans-community-for-over-30-years/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/supporting-veterans-community-for-over-30-years/ SEELEY LAKE – Veterans Day has been celebrated in Seeley Lake for over 30 years thanks to local veterans and their families. While Seeley Lake (VFW) Post 7992 Foreign War Veterans relinquished their charter in May 2012, mission and community service have continued with the non-affiliated, non-profit veterans and families of Seeley Lake (VFSL). VFSL […]]]>

SEELEY LAKE – Veterans Day has been celebrated in Seeley Lake for over 30 years thanks to local veterans and their families. While Seeley Lake (VFW) Post 7992 Foreign War Veterans relinquished their charter in May 2012, mission and community service have continued with the non-affiliated, non-profit veterans and families of Seeley Lake (VFSL). VFSL continues to support the local chapter and oversee veterans, their families and other local charities that benefit the wider community. They invite everyone to the Veterans Day Ceremony at Seeley Lake Memorial Gardens on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

VFW Post 7992 received its official charter on March 19, 1990. Veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam opened the post which quickly grew to 30 members. First officers included: Commander Joe Nagy; Senior Vice Commander George Barlett; Junior Vice Commander Reginald Colby; Quartermaster and Warrant Officer Jack Shoupe; Judge Advocate Don Skillicorn; Chaplain Ken Kelly; surgeon Sam Moore; Director (three years) George Myers; Director (two years) Don Winterrowd; Administrator (one year) George Hart and Duty Officer Charles Lewis.

In the August 30, 1990, Pathfinder, officers said they planned to serve the community by helping residents who are unable to do all of their yard work and other odds and ends. They added that there are no plans to open a bar, like many other VFW positions.

In July 1991, the VFW signed an agreement with Missoula County to erect and maintain a flagpole and veterans monument on Missoula County lands at the north end of Lake Seeley on Highway 83.

“Missoula County has determined that the monument and flagpole as described will be a beautification project providing an attractive entrance to the Town of Seeley Lake,” reads the agreement signed by the Board of County Commissioners and Don Skillicorn for extension 7992.

VFW Post 7992 participated in many events during the year. They held Memorial Day ceremonies and a Veterans Day service at the VFW Memorial north of town. On Memorial Day weekend, they provided poppies to raise funds for disabled veterans and placed flags at veterans’ graves at Seeley Lake Cemetery. On July 4, they provided the Veterans Honor Guard and created a tank for veterans in subsequent years. They also adopted Highway 83 from mileposts 2 through 4 and cleaned up the ditches. Additionally, they provided financial assistance to help veterans with medical expenses and provided transportation to doctor’s appointments when needed.

One of the goals of VFW Post 7992 was to have a female auxiliary. The Auxiliary is an organization of female relatives of veterans who served or served overseas.

With Skillicorn’s encouragement, the ladies organized and chartered on June 28, 2008. Barbara Knopp served as president.

The Seeley Lake Ladies Auxiliary existed to support our local VFW Post 7992 in its efforts to help veterans and their families, as well as to cooperate with other organizations to meet the needs of Seeley Lake. Their mission was to inspire the community with their patriotism, educating them about who veterans are and why everyone should proudly value the sacrifices they and our current service men and women have made for the nation. .

The Auxiliary has adopted the Seeley-Swan Community Food Bank. In 2008, they launched their first annual food drive from late October to mid-December. They prepared pre-filled grocery bags sold for $10 at the valley market, collected non-perishable food and donations. In March 2010, the Auxiliary reported collecting over 3,000 pounds of food as well as cash donations from the community for the food bank.

Other local projects initiated by the Auxiliary include the backpacking program at Seeley Lake Elementary School which began in 2009 and timely projects for local veterans in need. Outside of the community, the Auxiliary sent med kits to troops in Afghanistan. They have donated funds to the Veterans Hospital and Veterans Retirement Home of Montana, VFW National Children’s Home of Michigan, Disabled Veterans of America, Aid and Research Cancer Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In 2010 VFW Post 7992 Commanding Officer Gary Pelletier reported to the community that they only had 10-12 members and the post was in danger.

“If the position closes, the Ladies Auxiliary should do the same,” the Auxiliary wrote in a letter to the community in the March 4, 2010 Pathfinder. [23 active members] Postal Auxiliary, believe it would be a tragedy for our community and for the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces to lose this VFW Post.

After more than 20 years, due to attrition and a lack of volunteers capable of filling vacant leadership positions, post 7992 voted to drop its charter in May 2012.

“Attrition due to ill health and death has diminished the number of members of our post. Unfortunately, it has been difficult to recruit new members to continue. We now find ourselves too few to continue serving Seeley Lake” , wrote Pelletier in a letter to the community in the Seeley Swan Pathfinder on July 5, 2012. “We hope to form a new community service organization that will be open to all veterans and their families. This approach will better support veterans.” veterans, our region and people in need.

Due to the surrender of extension 7992, the Ladies Auxiliary closed in September 2012.

“No one in the band wanted to stop doing what we were doing,” Knopp said. “That’s why we formed Seeley Lake Veterans and Families.

Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake received non-profit status in March 2013 and is still an active community organization eight years later. Knopp, who is the current president, said the group is not affiliated with any national organization and is not regimented. This allows them more flexibility with the membership and the services they can offer. Anyone related to a veteran can join the group and veterans do not have to have served overseas. Annual membership dues are $15 per person or $25 per family.

“We can do whatever we want when we’re not restricted,” Knopp said. “We are just a group helping other families and veterans in the area.”

As was the original intention, VFSL continued many of the projects started by Post 7992 and the Auxiliary, including Overseas Veteran Care Packages, the annual holiday food drive for the Food Bank Seeley-Swan community and support for SLE students through the backpack program and lunch program. They have also financially supported many of the same organizations and immediate needs within the community.

In September 2013, VFSL signed an agreement with Missoula County to maintain and manage the Veterans Memorial Gardens. Last year they installed a new memorial gazebo. Wooden plaques commemorating veterans have been replaced with metal plaques behind glass and under a roof to help preserve them. VFSL wishes to return the wooden plaques to the relatives of these soldiers. Although many families have been located, they are still looking for relatives of: Jack Archibal, Steve Brodi, Duane Boule, Glenn Brewer, William Butenhuis, Charles Burmeister, Ed Bass, John Burt, Edward Coverdell, Robert Coverdell, Robert Cherry, Warren Cork, EJ Doney, Daniel Hughie Evans, Clyde Elsea, Kenny Freshour, Victor Freeman, Paul Gibson, Erwin Gysler, Gottlieb Heinzmann, Williams “Bill” Hahn, Ronny Holt, Marvin Hayes, George Hart, William Hogan, Donald James, George Kennedy , Alfredo Kinkle, Kenneth Kelly, Kenneth Kellog, Albert Mullenex, Sam Moore, Delwayne Morgan, Robert Nelson, Victor Nethig, Clarence “Bill” Maloney, Russell Maloney, Francis Major, Samuel Moore, Albert Mullenax, Robert Allen Phelps, Kenneth Price, G. Ron Pederson, Leo Perro, Virgel Roeder, George Ruppert, John Ryan, Joe Stover, Raymond Schmidt, Howard Sandbert, William Smithson, Theodore “Ted” Smith, Richard Stauffer, Warren Stone, Herb Townsend, Trent Toms, Henry “Bud “Turner, Pelham You rner, James W. Arrington, Emil Wiitanen, Glenn Walters, Donald Winterrowe, and Jerry Zebarth.

To claim a loved one’s plaque, contact Sharon Ding at 209-639-1718. For more information about VFSL, contact Knopp at 406-677-2543.

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Commemoration 2021: Veterans’ charity reflects service over decades https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/commemoration-2021-veterans-charity-reflects-service-over-decades/ Wed, 03 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/commemoration-2021-veterans-charity-reflects-service-over-decades/ The unwavering dedication and service of the armed forces over the decades is remembered by Royal Star & Garter, ahead of Armistice Day. Founded to care for World War I veterans, the charity provides award-winning care to men and women who served actively from World War II through the war in Iraq. The Royal Star […]]]>

The unwavering dedication and service of the armed forces over the decades is remembered by Royal Star & Garter, ahead of Armistice Day.

Founded to care for World War I veterans, the charity provides award-winning care to men and women who served actively from World War II through the war in Iraq.

The Royal Star & Garter’s Remembrance, Conflict Never Stops campaign highlights the invaluable role played by our armed forces, beginning with Florence Mahoney, who served in the Second World War as a driver in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF ).

Florence Mahony

It examines the daring missions carried out in the 1950s and 1960s by RAF low-level reconnaissance pilot Peter Lewis, which earned him the affectionate nickname “Prussian Pete”, and the naval veteran’s humanitarian work, Jim Pitt, who helped rebuild communities in the Caribbean. devastated by tropical storms. Lily Fair joined the Women’s RAF in the 1950s because she “wanted to see the world” and worked as a telephone operator in Singapore.

Commemoration 2021: Veterans' charity reflects service over decades
Peter Lewis

It also focuses on more modern campaign veterans, like Brian Bucknall who served in the military for 36 years. He was stationed in Germany and then Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

Commemoration 2021: Veterans' charity reflects service over decades
Brian Bucknall

Finally, the Conflict Never Stops campaign focuses on Stephen Vause, 34, who suffered brain damage from a mortar bombing while serving in Iraq in 2007.

Stephane Vause

Air Vice Marshal Maria Byford, who has served in the RAF since 1991 and is Governor of Royal Star & Garter, said:

“As we move away from the last World War, we now support residents who have been engaged in more modern conflicts. This has seen them continue to put their lives on the line for the safety of others. They have helped bring peace to the world and have been involved in the crucial work of supporting the recovery and reconstruction of war-torn countries and those affected by natural disasters. Every Royal Star & Garter veteran and resident we care for is part of this country’s military family, and we are proud to care for them and share their stories.

Royal Star & Garter provides loving and compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia at homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe.

Armistice Day is Thursday November 11 – the date the ceasefire was signed in 1918 that marked the end of the First World War – while this year Remembrance Sunday falls on November 14 November.

For more information on Royal Star & Garter, visit www.starandgarter.org

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