Veterans Corner: National Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony set in Sequim

The Michael Trebert Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be the lead for the National Vietnam War Veterans Day Commemorative Ceremony, starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at the Sequim VFW Post 4760, 169 E. Washington St.

They will also be honoring Korean War Veterans and World War II Veterans.

Pre-registration is not required. If you have questions, please contact Nancy at

VA help on the web

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a fraud prevention website,, that provides resources for veterans, service members and their family members to recognize, protect against and report fraud.

To report a fraud/scam call the Veterans Health Administration Office of Integrity and Compliance Helpline at 866-842-4357 for healthcare related fraud.

For VA benefits fraud, call the VA Benefits hotline at 800-827-1000.

Please STOP and think, talk to those you trust for help, protect your personal information and DO NOT pay anything.

Save the date

The Forks Stand Down will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at the Elks Lodge, 941 Merchants Road.

This stand down focuses on the West End veterans and their families and service providers.

There will be a hot breakfast and lunch, employment services, benefits counseling, VA healthcare enrollment, housing assistance, health screenings, haircuts and free clothing.

If you have questions, call Jennifer at 360-374-5252.

Support Sarge’s

Sarge’s Veteran Support will be holding a fundraiser in from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Dungeness River Nature Center, 1943 W. Hendrickson Road.

Tickets are $75 each and include appetizers and desserts, wine, beer and cider.

I am the President of the Board of Directors and I hope you will come check us out!

Hear about stories about veterans our organization has served, its mission and our newest project, “Minsky Place” in Sequim.

Tickets can be purchased online at

Or, mail a check to: Sarge’s Veteran Support, 250 Ash Ave, Forks, WA 98331.

MOAA’s helping hand

Captain Rich Havel, U.S. Navy (ret.), President of the Peninsula Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), presented a check on Feb 27 for $1,000 to the local Dungeness Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).

The CAP is always in need of support to enable activities and the purchase of uniforms and other needs. The CAP cadets partner with the Sequim VFW Post 4760 to serve breakfast the fourth Sunday of the month (biscuits and gravy). The VFW and CAP split the profits and tips from that breakfast.

CAP’s logistics officer can be reached at if you have questions or wish to donate.

Please consider having a great breakfast at the VFW on March 24 and support the CAP.

Contributors: American Legion, Carl Bradshaw,; DAR and MOAA, Lorri Gilchrist,; Voices For Veterans, Rita Frangione Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht,; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela,; VFW 4760, Steve Henrikson, ; VFW 6787, Rod Lee, , Fleet Reserve, Paul Rogers,