Veterans Corner: Permanent housing for chronically ill veterans

The Women Veterans Conference and Luncheon has been rescheduled to 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the American Legion Post in Port Townsend, 209 Monroe St. There will be speakers, a panel discussion, opportunity to network and lunch.

This event is no cost to women veterans. Others are suggested to make a $10 donation at the door to pay for lunch.

Registration is required at www.eventbrite.com. Enter the name of the event and follow instructions to register. If you have questions, call Vet Connect at 360-344-4940.

Hobucket House

The North Olympic Regional Veterans Housing Network (NORVHN), a nonprofit 501(c)3 serving Clallam and Jefferson counties, has started a Go Fund Me page to raise money to build Hobucket House on land already owned in Forks.

You have read about Sarge’s Place. This housing, however, will be permanent housing for veterans who have chronic medical problems. There will be a resident house manager, a therapist and case manager who will check on them daily and the ability for community caregivers to come in and assist them so they do not miss appointments, forget to order or take their medications, etc.

There will be six bedrooms, communal living/dining room, computer lab/library, four bathrooms, laundry room and outside deck.

Funding has been secured from other sources, but they are raising money for the foundation, water, sewer and electrical hookups and to get a trust fund grant from the Dept. of Commerce.

To learn more about this project please check out the Hobucket House Go Fund Me site. You can also send money to: Sarge’s Place, 250 Ash Ave., Forks, WA 98331; just make sure you designate it for Hobucket House. Thank you for your support of veterans in need.

NSDAR meeting

Michael Trebert Chapter-NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) will hold the group’s monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Veterans Center, 216 S. Francis St., Port Angeles. Matthew Rainwater, founder of Pennies For Quarters, is the guest speaker. He is working on building a community of tiny houses for homeless veterans.

If you have questions, please email me (cdrlgil christ@gmail.com). All who think they may have an ancestor in the American Revolution are welcome to attend. We can help you get started on researching and answer questions.

Honoring veterans in hospice

Tom Fenner volunteered in Phoenix, Ariz., with Hospice of the Valley in a program to honor veterans before they passed. When he came to Sequim in 2015, he began volunteering at both hospices in Clallam County to honor their veteran patients.

After a veteran is identified and gives consent, Tom goes to visit them and talks to them about their time in service. The veteran is presented with a small flag from their branch of service.

To be part of this you have to go through a background check and 24 hours of volunteer training. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please email Tom at hovmili taryliaison@gmail.com.

Contributors: American Legion, Carl Bradshaw, thbkdragon@yahoo.com; MOAA, DAR and Voices For Veterans, Lorri Gilchrist, cdrl gilchrist@gmail.com; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht, marana-s@outlook.com ; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela, eletteor@msn.com; Fleet Reserve Association, Marty Arnold, mar tinarnold2001@yahoo.com.

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