Veterans Corner: American Legion holds Turkey Shoot

American Legion Post 62 will be holding a Turkey Shoot on Saturday, Aug. 26, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Peninsula Long Rifles Shooting Range on Slab Camp Road.

Bring your own .22 rifle with open or peep sights. Ammo will be provided. You will be shooting at paper targets at 25 yards.

This event is open to all veterans. Prizes will go to the top three places. Hot dogs and snacks will be available for donations.

You can find all the Post’s activities by searching American Legion Post 62 online. Please remember to stop by The Home Depot for its Veterans Appreciation Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Free hot dogs, drinks and cake and there will be neat raffle prizes!

Plea for plants

Sarge’s Place, a shelter for homeless veterans in Forks, needs plants! They are looking for flowering shrubs such as rhododendrons, azaleas and forsythia. Blueberry bushes and dahlia tubers also are needed. If you can donate the plants or a gift card to a nursery, please email Cheri at ct.sargesplace@gmail.com. These can be from your yard if you are thinning things out.

Volunteers are lined up to paint Sarge’s Place and Camp Sol Duc but they need paint — 50 gallons of it. Please purchase a gallon of paint for $25 by sending a check to Sarge’s Place, 250 Ash Ave., Forks, WA 98331, and mark it for paint.

Last but not least, a recliner is needed for a veteran living at Sarge’s Place. He has breathing issues and has to sleep in a recliner. If you have one, please email Cheri.

Thanks for your generosity

The Sequim VFW would like to thank those who have been so generous in giving: A VFW member who donated a 1984 GMC Caballero utility pickup for a raffle. The person who won donated the truck back so more money could be raised. It is now for sale. It is a limited edition with collector license plates and has 85,000 miles on it and is in great shape. Contact Neil at sequimvfwpost4760@gmail.com if you are interested.

There also is a Korean War nurse who has been donating to the Strand Fund that helps vets in temporary financial need. To get that help, go to the Post and see the Service Officer. All donations are used to help veterans and their families.

Stay involved

Most service organizations take a break in the summer. Congress also takes a break in the summer. The members return to their states and meet with their constituents.

Please be aware of when they hold these meetings and make an effort to attend.

Your voice is important in letting them know that our troops, veterans and their families are important and need to be supported.

PsychArmor Institute is a nonprofit based in San Diego, Calif., that provides free education and support for all Americans to engage effectively with the military community. It was founded by Marjorie Morrison who felt “a better understanding of military culture and the veteran community can alleviate many of the challenges service members and veterans face.”

PsychArmor recruits nationally recognized subject matter experts to create and deliver online courses about issues relevant to the military and veteran communities. They provide critical resources to all Americans who work with, live with and care about veterans. Additionally PsychArmor provides a support center staffed with mental health experts that are ready to support you.

For more information go to psycharmor.org or call 858-755-3006.

Contributors: American Legion, Carl Bradshaw, thbkdragon@yahoo.com; MOAA &DAR, Lorri Gilchrist, cdrlgilchrist@gmail.com; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht, markisin2day@gmail.com; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela, eletteor@msn.com; Fleet Reserve Association, Marty Arnold, martinarnold2001@yahoo.com; Voices For Veterans, John Brasch, voicesforveterans@yahoo.com; VFW/Neil Gamroth, sequimvfwpost4760@gmail.com.

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