Veterans Corner: Scammers target veterans, so don’t let it happen to you!

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Please pay close attention to your email, mail and phone calls. With the new COVID relief law, more scams are appearing.

I am sorry to say veterans are one of the groups targeted by scammers.

For calls from a government agency: hang up, get the phone number from the phone book and call them back. DO NOT call back the number they give you.

For online: Do not open any suspicious links or attachments and check for “https” in front of the URL. Read the email and mail carefully.

Do not give anyone your social security number or bank account information over the phone unless you have placed the call. Do not pay by gift card; the government will never ask for this form of payment. The government does not threaten you on the phone with police action. Please stop, think, ask another to verify what you have heard and are thinking before you do anything if you are threatened.

Use the county website to find out where and when vaccination clinics are being held. Do not give out your Medicare numbers to anyone on the phone. Do not post a photo of your vaccination card on social media.

Please take the time to think about your actions. It is sad — but it is reality — that there are many people out there trying to take advantage of us. Don’t let it happen to you. Ask a trusted person for help.

Turkey shoot set

Jack Grennan American Legion Post 62 will be holding a Turkey Shoot on Saturday, June 19 at the Peninsula Long Rifles shooting range on Slab Camp Road. All veterans are welcome.

Check in begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration; the fee is $10. Firearms will be .22-caliber rifles with open or pep sights only. Paper targets and ammo will be provided.

Prizes are: 1st Place $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $75 and each gets a frozen turkey. A raffle will be held for door prizes from local vendors. No concealed weapons allowed. There will be directional signs on Taylor Cutoff Road.

For more information, contact Carl at thbkdragon@yahoo.com or go to alpost62.com for a map and flyer.

Memorial Day, in person

American Legion Post 62 and VFW Post 4760 will be conducting in-person Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 31, beginning at Sequim View at 11 a.m. Following at 11:30 a.m. will be Jamestown, at noon at Dungeness and 12:45 p.m. at Blue Mountain. The VFW will be at Gardiner at 12:30 p.m. Please wear masks, distance and do not attend if you are sick.

More information can be found at alpost62.com.

Flag dedication on tap

VFW Post 6787 will be dedicating and presenting a new flag at 2 p.m. on Saturday,May 29, at Sinclair Place, 680 W. Prairie St. This is a retirement community whose staff reached out to the post to hold a ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day.

There will be refreshments and a chance to view the newly installed veterans wall in the facility.

For more information, contact the Post Commander at sealteam54@q.com.

First Colors Ceremony

The National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. opened with a First Colors Ceremony on April 16 and opened to the public on April 17. You can get an app from the Apple or Android stores called the WWI Memorial “Virtual Explorer” that will bring the entire WWI Memorial experience to you. You can check out the broadcast of the ceremony at ww1cc.org/firstcolors.

The program, hosted by Gary Sinise, commemorates those who served in the trenches (my father’s father was in the trenches in France) and on the home front, celebrating a nation forever changed by the sacrifices they made and the ideals they demonstrated.

Contributors: American Legion, Paul Renick, grennanal post62@gmail.com; MOAA and Voices For Veterans, Lorri Gilchrist, cdrlgilchrist@gmail.com; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht, markisin2day@gmail.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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