National Veterans Service Committee Activities

April 2018

by Nancy De Vito

I'd like to thank the outgoing officers and welcome the incoming officers. Together we can achieve great things.  Our Veterans committee has plans for two raffles to raise money for our Veterans/military. Keep your eyes open for your 50/50 raffle tickets in the mail, the winner will be called at the fluke tournament. Second raffle is the restaurant raffle which the winner will be called Aug. 31. for $5.00 you have a chance to win 5-$100.00 restaurant gift cards. You don't have to be present to win for either raffle.

Our fishing trips are on schedule for June 19, July 17, and Aug. 21. I'm happy to say that our fishing trips have become popular at the Veterans Hosp. in East Orange and 7 Vets and an aid will be joining us.

Mark your calendars for July 8th a fundraiser at Lakewood Blue claws. A ball game clowns against the military. Gates open at 1:00pm.  A donation of $10.00 for adults and kids 10 and under are FREE. Please join us and have a good laugh. All proceeds will be used to help military families going thru hard times.

I had the pleasure of jointing the 514th Civic leaders tour with other Honorary Commanders and Community leaders. We flew to Robbins AFB, in Georgia where they take care of all mechanical issues regarding the C5 Hercules aircraft, than on the Homestead Air Force Reserve Base in Florida where they maintain the F16 for war readiness. On the way back home where we were able to watch firsthand  the air refueling of a C17 and the F16. What an great experience, I am so proud of our Air force and those who serve. Also we watched the aero medical team show us how they take care of our soldiers that have been hurt in arms way.

So long as there are Veterans,
the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks will never forget them!

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