Veterans Corner: No Stand Down in Port Townsend

Voices For Veterans has cancelled the Port Townsend Stand Down scheduled for July 27 at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge.

Veterans who are having issues or need questions answered are encouraged to contact the Veterans Center in Port Angeles or email me (cdrlgilchrist@gmail.com) and I will get you in touch with help.

The Port Angeles Stand Down is still scheduled for Oct. 1 at the Clallam County fairgrounds.

Clothing annex is open

The Veterans Center at 216 S. Francis St. has a clothing annex that is stocked with men’s and women’s clothing, both new and used, and non-perishable food items.

All veterans are welcome to come and get what they need.

The center is open when the Veterans Center is: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday -Thursday. The office folks will let you in after you check in with them.

Please remember to wear a mask, keep your distance and do not come if you are sick.

DAR event on tap

The Michael Trebert Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is holding a Vietnam Commemorative event at 2 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Veterans Center, 216 S. Francis St., Port Angeles.

They will be recognizing each Vietnam veteran or surviving spouse with a pin and certificate.

Please contact the Chairwoman at paul.ginny.wagner@gmail.com to let her know you are coming and would like to receive a pin.

Hobucket House

The North Olympic Regional Veteran’s Housing Network (NORVHN), which includes Sarge’s Place, the Outpost and Camp Sol Duc, is seeking funds for the site preparation of Hobucket House in Forks.

Hobucket House will house seven homeless veterans who have medical and mental health issues, most from the Vietnam era who suffer from Agent Orange.

About $25,000 of the $40,000 needed to have the contractor prepare the site with concrete pad, water/sewer and parking needs to be raised.

NORVHN is applying for Department of Commerce funding in September which will pay for the completion of the project.

NORVHN is seeking $50 donations which can be sent to: NORVHN, 250 Ash Ave, Forks WA 98331, via PayPal at NORVHN@gmail.com, or via the website at www.SargesVeteranSupport.com.

NORVHN is a nonprofit serving the homeless veterans of Clallam and Jefferson counties since 2011.

Thank you for helping take the next step in providing housing for homeless veterans who are chronically ill in body or mind.

Honors for McKeown

The Mount Olympus Detachment of the Marine Corps League would like to pay tribute to the memory and achievements of Tom McKeown, a charter member of the detachment who died at age 94 and was laid to rest in Veterans Circle at Mount Angeles Memorial Park on Saturday, June 27.

McKeown joined the U.S. Marine Corps at 18 and served from 1941-1945, taking part in the action on Guadalcanal. After he was honorably discharged McKeown was very active in the local community and was awarded Washington State Teacher of the Year in 1975 and Washington State Outstanding Veteran Volunteer in 2007.

He was a Life Member of VFW Post 1024, Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.

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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