Veteran’s Corner: A busy spring for service organizations

Lorri Gilchrist shares upcoming events and meetings among service agencies

The Michael Trebert Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Veterans Center, 216 S. Francis St., Port Angeles.

Peggy Goldenman, from the Washington State DAR Speakers staff, will present a program on Rewd and Crud/Medicine of the Revolutionary War — yes, it was spelled like that back then and she will explain why! Please come join us if you are interested in your ancestors.

We can help you become a member. Contact Regent Janis Flanagan at ­457­-1446 if you have questions.

Post sets meeting

Jack Grennan Post 62 of the American Legion holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Post home, 107 E. Prairie St., Sequim. All veterans are welcome. Nominations for officers for the 2015-­2016 year will be taken. The election will be in June. The Post is working on a commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. If you would like to help, call Commander Carl at ­775­-1477.

Be safe, be prepared

All service organizations encourage you to become informed about the problems that may occur if we have a major earthquake on the peninsula. There is information available about how to provision your home so you can survive through the month it will take for real help to arrive and take effect.

There are presentations on “Camping in your home” by Jim Buck, news articles about the big exercise called Cascadia Rising and handouts from the emergency management folks. Some say we will be without power for 10 months. Please educate yourselves and be prepared!

Stand Down set

The first Voices For Veterans Stand Down will be May 5 in Forks. I will be going out on May 4 to help set up so I can carry your donations. We are not taking used clothing at this time. Please think of the animals that these vets love and who help the vets deal with PTSD. We take donations of pet food, toys, beds, etc.

At Sarge’s Place

While I am in Forks I will be checking in with Sarge’s Place. They are working on a new roof. They always need white towels and twin bed sheet sets. The new long-term home across the street is making progress but still needs monetary donations. Mail to: 250 Ash Ave., Forks, WA 98311.

In light of some of the bad news about organizations not using much of the money they receive to help vets, 100 percent of what you donate locally to the American Legion Service Office, Voices For Veterans, Sarge’s Place & the Outpost and Captain Joseph House goes to the veterans and their families to help them.

We have wonderful folks here on the peninsula who donate their time and energy to help vets and do not take one dime for themselves. Donate local!

Finally …

Remember when you are spring cleaning to think of the vets! Call or email me and I can tell you if we can use whatever it is that you need to get out of your house or garage. Thank you!



Contributors: DAR, Joyce Stroeher,; American Legion and MOAA, Lorri Gilchrist,; Marine Corps League, Sid Gerling,; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela,; Fleet Reserve Association, Marty Arnold,