Veterans Corner: Many ways to help!

With spring comes the need for help with landscaping at the apartment building in Port Angeles for veterans and their children.

The North Olympic Regional Veteran’s Housing Network does not have the money to do the landscaping. They need an area leveled off in the back, flower and garden beds created, plants, bushes and trees purchased and planted and a play area for the children.

Any organizations or individuals willing to assist on this project should contact Cheri at 360-374-5252.

How about you Master Gardeners taking some of this on or maybe a Boy Scout looking for an Eagle Scout project?

Parade season upon us

The Korean War Veterans have a busy spring schedule with participation in the Irrigation Festival Parade and the Queen Victoria Parade in Victoria, British Columbia. They are planning two fishing trips for Wounded Warriors from Canada and Clallam County in September. In August there will be a fishing trip for the Wounded Warriors from Madigan’s Transitional Battalion.

Help is need for these events. Please contact Jerry at if you can help with the fishing trips or are interested in becoming a member of the Korean War Veterans Association here on the peninsula.

‘DAR 101’

If you are interested in your family’s history, consider coming to the Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, at the Olympic Skills Center in Port Angeles. The program is “DAR 101” presented by Sally Buckingham, DAR State Organizing Secretary, Candy Thorsen, DAR State Lineage Chairman and Pat Hughes, DAR State Registrar. We will learn what DAR is all about and how to apply.

Lunch is $10. Call Regent Joyce at 417-3054 to RSVP.

Stand Down events

Voices For Veterans is holding the first Stand Down of 2014 on Thursday, May 1, in Forks. The Port Townsend Stand Down is the end of July and in Port Angeles on Oct. 2.

To prepare for these events clothing, boots, personal hygiene items and camping gear must be purchased and stored to be ready for the day. The storage unit that Voices For Veterans uses in Port Angeles will go away at the end of the year. If you have a storage unit or are willing to pay the monthly charge for a unit, contact me. We need about 110 square feet that we can put shelves in and keep secure.

If you can help set up the day before or take down late afternoon of the day, call me at 683-6419. There is a lot of work in putting one of these on and if you are not sure how you can participate, call me and ask. We can use you!



Contributors: DAR, Regent, Joyce Stroeher,; American Legion and MOAA, Lorri Gilchrist,; VFW Commander Tristan Ryan,; Marine Corps League, John Spriggs,; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela,; Fleet Reserve Association, Tom Flanik,; Operation Holiday Stockings, Sue Rambin,


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