July/August 2020 Veterans Report Bob Kielsa I hope this article finds all of you safe and in good health! Our lodge opened on Friday, May 29th, with guidelines for combating any Coronavirus in the facility. For the approximate two and a half months, the lodge has been shut down; there has been no access to the Veterans Pod. With the lodge open now, you do have access to the Veterans POD. However, because we are living in a different world right now, we have a few issues we need to overcome before we can continue our monthly clothing drive. At this time, we do not have a regular monthly clothing drive scheduled on the patio in July or August. For this reason, we ask you, if possible, to hold unto your used clothing donations until we have room to process them for our veterans.
Presently, the veterans drop off site remains shut down. In my most recent conversation with Veterans Volunteer Services, they have made one change in accepting donations. For now, all clothing donations must be new items! What they asked for is undershorts, t-shirts, socks, jeans (34/36/38 waist, long pants). What is also needed is toiletries for our veterans, which we can also deliver. I will just need to call ahead and make arrangements for the delivery. If you have the means, please help us to provide toilet paper, soap, sunblock, lotions, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, razors, shampoo, etc. Small bottles/tubes are preferable to larger ones.
As of the time of my writing this article, we still have over 89 memberships that have not been renewed.
Please make sure your dues are paid ASAP so that we have the financial ability to continue our veterans and community work!
My name is David Sides and I'm a member of the Outreach Department for The Pleural Mesothelioma Center.
Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma even qualify for special benefits from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs.
We recently published an educational guide about pleural mesothelioma, the most common type of mesothelioma.
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