Veterans Corner: Warm clothes available!

The Clallam County Veterans Center at 216 S. Francis St. in Port Angeles has a Clothing Closet where veterans and their families can obtain warm winter clothes. Just go to the center between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and ask to be let in the Clothing Closet. Please wear a mask.

There is also a limited amount of non-perishable food available.

I thank the community for all your donations to support veterans in need. Steph and Lyn are the Voices For Veterans/DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) ladies who make this happen; they rock!

Big grant

Wonderful news from the North Olympic Regional Veteran’s Housing Network! They have been notified that they will be receiving an $876,293 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce 2020 Modular Housing Awards. This grant will allow NORVHN to have a stick-built, seven-bedroom, six-bathroom modular home constructed by Timberland Homes.

This home will be called Hobucket House in Honor of James Hobucket, a Vietnam veteran, Service Officer and Quileute Warrior. It will be located in Forks on Ash Avenue across from Sarge’s Place.

The communal home will permanently house vulnerable aging veterans who have been homeless and are exiting from Sarge’s Place. There will be a live-in house manager and wrap-around services of a Social Worker and Case Manager. Site work will occur in May 2021.

I will keep you updated on this wonderful home for our aging veterans, but you can always ask me questions (email to cdrlgilchrist@gmail.com) or donate to site work or furnishings at www.Sarges VeteranSupport.com or mail to: 250 Ash Ave., Forks, WA 98331; note that it is for Hobucket House.

McIntyre is Marine of Year

The Mt. Olympus Detachment of the Marine Corps League (MCL) recently announced that Don McIntyre is the Marine of the Year. You know Don as Santa working with the Toys For Tots program. His wife Sharlene, his driver and helpmate, was with him when he received the award. Don has been Santa for 50 years!

Jay McFarland is the Associate Member of the Year. Jay has been a constant supporter of Detachment activities and maintains a position on the Honor Guard. Congratulations to Don and Jay!

To learn more about the MCL contact Mark, the commandant, at marana-s@outlook.com. The Honor Guard participates in the end of the month Bell Ringing ceremony, funerals, Veterans Day ceremony and other patriotic events.

Kudos for the Post

VFW Post 6787 Carlsborg assisted four local families for Christmas along with two families from Peninsula Behavioral Health. They also participated in the food bank distribution and Wreaths Across America. All of the Christmas families were verified veteran families. Thank you Post 6787!

Donate today

Donate a vehicle to help the American Legion help veterans, mentor youth and advocate patriotism. They accept cars, trucks, SUVs, boats, motorcycles and RVs. Donated vehicles are sold on the used-car markets and the proceeds provide critical funding for the many programs of the American Legion.

Your gift qualifies for a tax deduction. There is contact-free pick up at no cost to you.

Got to www.legion.org/donate/auto or call 844-453-4466. With the pandemic it has become difficult to raise funds. Please consider donating a vehicle that is sitting unused.

Contributors: American Legion, Paul Renick, grennanalpost62@gmail.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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