Veterans Corner: A busy fall for veterans

The dedication of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Forks Transit Center. The guest speaker is Hershel Woody Williams, the last living Marine WWII Medal of Honor recipient. All are welcome to attend the ceremony.

Mr. Williams started the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation and began building these monuments all over the United States to honor the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. Go to hwwmohf.org/forks-wa.html to see a picture of the monument and more information on the one in Forks.

Thanks for the help

Sarge’s Place would like to thank the Masonic Lodge-Mount Olympus Lodge 298 for their continued support and donation of tools, tarps and battery powered lights. These items help the clients in the program, clients who are moving into permanent housing and other veterans in need.

Sarge’s Place is under the North Olympic Regional Veterans Housing Network which has become a funded partner under United Way of Clallam County. If you give to United Way, you can designate your donation to NORVHN. Many thanks to all who help support veterans in need of housing.

Wheel donation at VFW

Carlsborg VFW Post 6787 had an RV donated to them. It needed cleaning, but was otherwise sound. They were going to sell it, raffle it or donate it to help needy vets.

A veteran came forward who was about to become homeless and offered to help clean the RV up. The Post decided to give the RV to the veteran. He was given the keys and title at the September meeting. Carl Bradshaw from the American Legion Post 62 Service Office was the lead on this project and many others helped.

If you think you have something of value that you would like to be used to help veterans please contact sealteam54@q.com.

Movie night at Post

American Legion Post 62 at 107 E. Prairie St. in Sequim will be holding a Halloween movie night at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. There will be popcorn, drinks and candy for the kids. Come on out and watch some vintage scary movies!

American Legion broadens outreach

The American Legion at their 101st Convention this summer approved changes to the Constitution and Bylaws to replace the word “wife” with “spouse” related to the membership criteria for the American Legion Auxiliary. This will allow male spouses of women who have served to become part of the Auxiliary and support the Legion.

Korean War group activities

At the time of this writing, Korean War Veterans were planning to host the South Korean Consulate General Hyoung-Jong-Lee at Kokopelli Restaurant on Oct. 7, with Dr. Thomas McCurdy to play a traditional Korean song “Arirang” on the bagpipes.

The group is working with a junior high school student who wants to raise funds to refurbish the Korean War sign on US Highway 113. Two members of the chapter will go to Washington, D.C., on the Honor Flight sponsored by Alaska Airlines,

This program honors veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam by taking them to the Capitol and giving them a tour of the monuments.

For more information about the chapter’s activities, contact Jerry at eletteor@msn.com.

Contributors: American Legion, Carl Bradshaw, thbkdragon@yahoo.com; MOAA and Voices For Veterans, Lorri Gilchrist, cdrlgilchrist@gmail.com; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht, marana-s@outlook.com; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela, eletteor@msn.com; VFW 4760, Steve Henrikson, secretary@vfwpost4760.com; VFW 6787, Rod Lee, sealteam54@q.com.

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