The American Legion Auxiliary again will be hosting the Retsil Christmas Store for the residents of the Washington State Veterans Home in Port Orchard. All residents can shop for five family members — they get Christmas cards, gifts, wrapping and mailing at no cost. This will be the third year I have worked at the store.
It is a very rewarding experience to be able to help the veterans celebrate the holiday.
We need money for postage and new gifts: small appliances, bath sets, men’s wallets, Swiss army knives, bath towel sets, kitchen towel sets, food gift sets, boxes of candy, etc.
Also, gifts for teenagers: hat/scarf/glove sets, jewelry sets, iPod cases, iTunes gift cards, etc.
Sarge’s Place in Forks is open for business! This is transitional and permanent supportive housing for veterans and their families in Clallam and Jefferson counties. They still are working on getting it fully set up.
How about donating money or one of the items needed in honor of a family member who is a veteran? They need a new mixing bowl set, cookbooks, Rubbermaid storage containers, an office chair, 10 stacking chairs, a bookcase, a printer/copier/fax, a dishwasher, microwave, range, etc.
Many thanks to the Military Officers Association of America who donated $600 to purchase a flat-screen television for the common room. I have a complete list and can hook you up with the director if you can donate any of these things; call 683-6419.
They finally have reached 100 bricks donated and are starting on their second 100. If you would like to donate a brick, go to www.sargesplace.com and get the form. You also can learn more about what this program is all about!
My HealtheVet is the VA’s online personal health record, available at www.myhealth.va.gov. With My HealtheVet you can access some of your VA health information to better manage your overall health and wellness.
For veterans, there are enhanced features and facts about VA benefits and services to which you may be entitled. You can register at the site and then at your next clinic visit you can complete the In-Person Authentication (IPA).
Then you will have access to more features: appointments, lab test results and a VA list of allergies.
After registering you also may be able to communicate with your health care teams through a “Secure Messaging” feature. The IPA can be done at any VA facility, including the virtual clinic in Port Angeles.
A My HealtheVet coordinator will be at the Port Angeles clinic from 11 a.m.-
To recognize and thank veterans for their dedication and commitment to service, the AARP Driver Safety Program is offering a free classroom course in November to all veterans and their spouses. Contact Joe Borden, AARP instructor, for information at 683-3408.
The certificate you earn will get you money off your insurance. Every little bit helps, so check and see how much you will save, then sign up — it is free for vets!
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