Veterans Corner: Large turnout for Port Townsend Stand Down

The Voices For Veterans Stand Down for homeless veterans in Port Townsend on July 31 saw 217 veterans attending: 20 were female; 24 homeless,­ — four of those were female; 135 went through the clothing room and 17 homeless vets were outfitted with outdoor gear.

More than 400 meals were served — hot breakfast and lunch.

The weather was great. Many thanks to the Elks Club for the use of their facility.

Thanks also to all the service providers and volunteers who work to make this happen.

The next Stand Down will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Clallam County Fairgrounds. If you would like to help, set up is the day before: on the day of they need personal shoppers in the clothing room and then help at 3 p.m. with tear down.

If you have questions, email If you would like to donate funds to purchase needed items for the veterans, please send a check to Voices For Veterans, PO Box 2810, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

I want to personally thank Fernellyn and Laurie who have helped me with new clothes for the women veterans. This is my first year purchasing new jeans, tops, bras and panties and I have learned a lot!

Free movie night

Jack Grennan Post 62 of the American Legion will be having a free community movie night starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Post (107 E. Prairie St., Sequim). The movie is “The Ghost and the Darkness” starring Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer. There will be food and popcorn available for a donation and a soda machine.

The Seahawks football games will be aired as they occur and the public is welcome to drop in and enjoy the game.

Help at Sarge’s

We need donations to buy paint for Sarge’s Place shelter and the permanent supportive housing project Camp Sol Duc. It is $25 a gallon. They need 65 gallons of exterior paint, trim paint and primer. They need to get this done to protect the buildings for the winter. Send checks to Sarge’s Place 250 Ash Ave, Forks, WA 98331.

Thanks to the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America for your donation.

Officers group sets meeting

The Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America meets at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Paradise Restaurant, 703 N. Sequim Ave. for a luncheon meeting. The speaker will be Hyatt Barnes talking about Radar and the DEW Line. Lunch is your choice from the menu.

All officers who have served in the United States military are welcome.

To RSVP, email the president at

Boogie at the VFW

VFW Post 4760 at 169 E. Washington St. in Sequim is presenting live music for dancing every Wednesday and Saturday night.

The scheduled includes: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, Old Sidekicks; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, Jerry’s Classic Country Band; 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, Round Trip Band; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, Just in Tyme duo; 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Old Sidekicks; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, Butternut Lane, and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Jerry’s Classic Country Band.

Come on out and dance and meet new folks and have a great time. You can keep track of all the goings on at the VFW at or on facebook. Non-veteran volunteers are always welcome. All proceeds after expenditures go to support local veterans and their families.

Contributors: American Legion, Carl Bradshaw,; MOAA &DAR, Lorri Gilchrist,; Marine Corps League, Guy Iredale,; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela,; Fleet Reserve Association, Marty Arnold,; Voices For Veterans, John Brasch,; VFW Neil Gamroth,