5th West Metro Veterans Fair

Another successful West Metro Veterans Fair has come and gone in Lakewood, CO.  Many thanks to all of the hard working volunteers and especially the Lakewood Elks Lodge #1777 for making this years 5th West Metro Veterans Fair (WMVF) a success.

According to veteran Scott Hefty, the City of Lakewood Municipal Court Chief Probation Officer, organizer of this event: “The WMVF is designed to increase awareness of non-profit programs and services available for veterans and their families by highlighting employment, housing, educational, recreational and resource opportunities.  This is a veteran-driven and community inspired event with the goal of connecting veterans/families with people and resources.”

The following are a few of the forty-three veteran organizations who participated in the West Metro Veterans Fair.

Vietnam Veterans of America #1071, Veterans Terry Ritenour, Cliff Fejfar, and Jose Gonzales

Vietnam Veterans of America is a non-profit organization started in 1978 and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA is congressionally chartered with the goals to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans to create a new identity for this generation of veterans and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans. vva1071.org

Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul with Kathy Bagford from Pets for Vets – Denver Chapter

Pets For Vets – Denver Chapter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves the Denver metro area.  We are dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with American veterans who could benefit from a companion animal.   We rely entirely on item and monetary donations that cover adoption fees, food and items for the pet (leashes, collars, food/water bowls, beds, etc.). petsforvets.com/Denver-co/

Homes For Heroes:  Katherine Zufelt and Beth Anne Demeter

Homes for Heroes, Inc. is the largest nationwide network of affiliate real estate specialists and local business affiliates; committed to providing easy ways for the heroes of our nation to save on a home, and on every day home-related purchases.  Shortly after 9/11, Homes for Heroes, Inc. was established to give back to firefighters, law enforcement, military (active, reserves & veterans), healthcare workers, EMS and teachers for all they do; and Hero Rewards is our way to say “Thank you.” homesforheroes.com

VA Community Resources and Referral Center: Emma Armstrong with volunteer Gary Welch

The Denver VA Community Resource and Referral Center provides outreach and concrete services to veterans who are homeless in the Denver Metro area.  They assist in access to traditional housing and homeless services, including showers and storage for homeless veterans.  According to Ms. Armstrong, “As a community employment coordinator, I close the gap with services and resources to secure employment for our veterans in transitioning into employment.” (720)501-3367

Soldiers’ Angels:  Eleo Casil and E.J. Walton “The Director of Happiness.”

Soldiers’ Angels has many wonderful programs to support our military families, deployed service members, wounded service members and veterans.  We have a once a month mobile food distribution for low-income and homeless veterans (about 50lbs of food goes to each veteran if not a little more).  We visit patients at the Denver VA Hospital and support active duty veterans and homeless veterans. ***Friday, October 6th @11:30am – 1:30pm Mobile Food Distribution @ Elks Lodge, 3690 S. Jason St., Englewood, CO.  You must sign up a head of time using the following link: 



Vietnam Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange: Ira Charles King, Joseph Prince, and Michelle Cooper

Vietnam Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange:  The Spina Bifida Healthcare Benefits Program is under the Veterans Health Administration Office of Community Care.  Pays 100% of covered medical services for your birth child diagnosed with Spina Bifida.  For more information call (888)820-1756.

Cory Petterson and Juan Bonilla-Acosta grilling lunch outside in the courtyard

This annual event once again brought our veteran community together, while sharing important and helpful information.  Besides a free backyard lunch, flu shots were also available.  For any additional information regarding this event, please contact Scott Hefty @ scohef@Lakewood.org.





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  1. Hi Scott,
    this was my first year attending the event as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP). What a great event, full of needed networking and veteran resources. It afforded me the opportunity to not only meet new people, but to educate others about our veteran employment services along the way. Thank you all for hosting such a well organized and meaningful event.
    Felecia Whitaker

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