Veterans Corner: Civil Air Patrol seeking a home

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is congressionally chartered and operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. It performs services for the federal government as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. The CAP mission is “Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power.”

There is a CAP unit, the Dungeness Composite Squadron, in Sequim working to fulfill the youth development part of the mission statement. They meet in the Sequim Middle School cafeteria. Major Mark Swanson is the adult Commander.

The unit is looking for a permanent home where they can set up equipment, training tools and have storage. If you have any ideas on a place that they can use, please contact the Major at This is a great opportunity for the youth of the peninsula so let’s try and help them! They also need adult members and youth over 12 years old are welcome.

Turning 91

The American Legion Auxiliary hosts a dinner in honor of Jack Grennan Post 62’s 91st birthday on Saturday, March 18, at the Post home, 107 E. Prairie St., Sequim. Social time starts at 2 p.m. and dinner is served at 3 p.m. Please come out and help the Post celebrate its birthday!

With honors

The Michael Trebert Chapter of the NSDAR held its annual George Washington Tea and Awards Ceremony on Feb. 18. Vern Frykholm as his excellency, General George Washington, gave a talk to the group. Cadet Ltjg Reed Morace was awarded the DAR NJROTC medal by myself and Captain Jonathan Picker, Senior Naval Science Instructor. The Conservation Award was presented to Marie Marrs, board member of Nature Bridge, by Ann Chang. Many school children were awarded certificates of participation in the American History Essay Contest.

Reice Elsasser, a homeschooled sixth-grade student, was the chapter winner and also won at the state level.

I was awarded the DAR Community Service Award by Joyce Stroeher. I am very honored to have received this award. This column has helped me help the veterans of Clallam County by reaching out to all you folks and having you be so giving and generous to our veterans and their families. Thank you so much for your support all these years.

Let’s connect

Vet Connect is hosting a VA Veterans “Choice” Providers Forum for providers in Jefferson and Clallam counties on Monday, March 27, from 10 a.m.-noon at Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend.

Representatives from VA Puget Sound Healthcare will present an update concerning the status and future of the Veterans Choice Program.

RSVP to or call 360-344-4940.

If you are using the Choice Program, please tell your provider about this opportunity to get questions answered, concerns addressed, procedures clarified and issues resolved.

Contributors: DAR, Janis Flanagan,; American Legion, Carl Bradshaw,; MOAA, Lorri Gilchrist,; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht,; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela,; Fleet Reserve Association, Marty Arnold, martin