I hope this article finds all of you safe and in good health!
Our lodge opened on Friday, May 29th following guidelines for combating any Corona-virus 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.
At this time we do not have a regular monthly clothing drive scheduled on the patio for September. 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.
We have a major issue we need to overcome before we can continue our monthly clothing drive. Presently, the veterans drop off site at the VA remains closed. 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.
After being involved in our lodges service to our veterans for 7 years I never dreamed I would be telling you this in a September report, but we have contributed ZERO dollars in support to our veterans since the beginning of our new lodge year.
In-order to make some sort of helpful impact for our veterans we are looking for other veterans groups that need our assistance. The Vietnam Veterans for Veterans group is another group we are looking to see if we have the means to support their needs.
Thank you to all of you that have made cash contributions in the Veterans jar on our lounge bar. The cash will be used to buy new clothing for our homeless veterans!
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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