West Metro Veterans Fair 2016

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Mary Ann Valeska welcoming WWII Navy Veteran Robert Eccles to the West Metro Veterans Fair

The West  Metro Veterans Fair gathered 40+ exhibitors for their 2016 Fair held at the Elks Lakewood Lodge #1777.  Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul gave opening remarks.  City Councilman Pete Roybal presented Vietnam War Veterans with a 50th Anniversary lapel pin.   Nurses were available to administer FREE Flu shots, along with blood pressure and glucose readings.  It was a beautiful day where a FREE lunch was provided by the Lakewood Elks Club and the Friends of Valor Point outside on the patio.

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Pete Roybal presenting Vietnam War Pin

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Megan Payton, Eleni Padden, & Allison Boyrer

Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors (C-P.A.W.W.): CPAWW is a Health Research Initiative for Veterans in the College of Nursing, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus.  “Currently, research on non-pharmacologic therapies to save veterans’ lives is almost existent.  C-P.A.W.W. was created as a response to the lack of vital information regarding the healing capacities of the human-animal interaction.  Our team’s drive and mission is to provide rigorous empirical evidence demonstrating the lifesaving impact that canines can have on our under served veteran population.” 303.724.8338   cufund.org/cpaww

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Veterans in Trouble Jay Elliott shaking hands with Scott Hefty

Veterans in Trouble (VIT): “Veterans in Trouble was created by veterans for veterans to assist combat veterans who need a helping hand.  One hundred percent of all donations goes to a combat veteran in need.  We sponsor a different veteran each month using donor funds.  Nothing can be compared to war.  Even being homeless and on the streets.  At least in war, your “brothers” got your six (back).  Let’s all band together and make sure “NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND.” 303.995.0895  http://www.veteransintrouble.com/

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Mayor Adam Paul, Jefferson County Commissioner Casey Tighe, & Judge Anne Stavig

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Army Vet Victor Wheeler, Colorado Coalition For The Homeless

Colorado Coalition For the Homeless – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP): Our three main goals: 1)  Prepare Veteran’s for work and connect them with meaningful employment. 2) Help Veterans maintain employment.  3) Provide case management to help Veterans connect with health care, benefits, and housing to become more independent.  In addition we provide meals to any hungry Veterans through donations we receive from the organization, “We Don’t Waste.”  We have computers available for job searches, and we hold an Orientation every Thursday from 8:30 am  to 11:00 am.  Interested Veterans that want more information: 303.312.9835 http://www.coloradocoalition.org

Spokesperson Scott Hefty: “The 2016 West Metro Veteran Fair (WMVF) is now in its fourth year. It is truly a veteran-driven and community inspired event which continues to meet our established goal of connecting veterans/families with people and resources.  Additionally, as we have witnessed at all of these events is the ancillary goal of collaboration and information sharing amongst participating non-profits on available programs within the veteran community.

One of my favorite quotes is “Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul” and being a part of the West Metro Veterans Fair is a way to say THANK YOU to those who answered the call to duty.  It is these veterans who made our Armed Forces the most respected in the world.  Many of the veterans here today didn’t ask to leave their homes to serve or fight on distant battlefields.  Many didn’t even volunteer.  They didn’t go to war because they loved fighting.  They were called to be part of something bigger than themselves. “They were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways to extraordinary circumstances.”  I am so very proud and grateful to have been part of the WMVF planning committee since its inception in 2013 and representing the City of Lakewood in their unwavering commitment to our veterans.”

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Vietnam Vet Mark Pitt enjoying lunch on the patio

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WWII Vet Maurice Howland

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Pete Roybal encouraging his fellow veterans to take advantage of FREE Flu shots as he did!

In conclusion, Veterans were provided with helpful information, contacts and services.  THANK YOU to the City of Lakewood for providing this Veterans Fair.  THANK YOU also to the volunteers who worked hard to make this event successful.  AND TO ALL OF OUR VETERANS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

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  1. We would like to express our thanks to all of you for your participation in the fourth West Metro Veterans Fair. Forty-five exhibitors attended the event. A total of 88 veterans signed the attendance sheet and a large number came through without signing-in. (If it’s any indication, a little over 220 meals were served.) We’ve gotten very positive feedback from a number of attendees – as well as suggestions to improve the event next year.

    Special thanks to the Lakewood Elks Club for hosting and especially to Venita and John who put in many, many hours to ensure the facility was ready, food was ordered and prepared, the venue was cleaned afterward and all of the other small details that must be arranged to successfully hold such an event.

    We hope to see everyone again next year at the Fifth Annual West Metro Veterans Fair! Scott Hefty

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