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6th West Metro Veterans Fair

6th West Metro Veterans Fair in Lakewood, Colorado

WWII Veteran Maurice L. Howland

The 6th West Metro Veterans Fair, once again, provided our veterans with a one stop information and services available to veterans.  WWII Veteran Maurice L. Howland, who attended the fair, will be 95 this January.  Since the 6th West Metro Veterans Fair is focused on our veterans well-being and health, the face of Mr. Howland and all of our veterans are important reminders why this non-profit informational fair is so significant .  With the information and help for our veterans and their families found at this event, the intention is for all of our veterans to celebrate their 95th birthday, and beyond.

Many organizations, and volunteers from our veteran and civilian communities work together to accomplish this goal.  Following are just a few of the forty six exhibitors who participated in the 6th West Metro Veterans Fair. Continue reading 6th West Metro Veterans Fair

Veteran and Service Member Discounts

VETERAN AND SERVICE MEMBER DISCOUNTS

Happy July 4th! For this independence day topic, we decided to acknowledge veteran and service member discounts.  Angelica Marie Dela Cruz from DealHack has kindly provided an updated list for StarSpangledBoomerang.com to share.

From their website: “The Dealhack Military Discount Guide is the result of our quarterly survey of brands that offer active-duty military and veteran discounts. Every three months, we independently verify each and every store on this list.” Continue reading Veteran and Service Member Discounts

2018 West Metro Veterans Fair

2018 West Metro Veterans Fair

Once again, Scott Hefty, (Retired U.S. Army) and his team are gearing up for another important event for veterans!  The 6th annual West Metro Veterans Fair (WMVF) will be held on Tuesday, September 25th from 11 am to 3 pm at the Lakewood Elks Lodge 1777, 1455 Newland St.,  Lakewood, Colorado.

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I am thankful for Operation Homefront

OPERATION HOMEFRONT:  On the eve of Thanksgiving 2017, I realize there is so much to be grateful for!  I am thankful for the opportunity to gather together to share a meal with family and friends.  At this celebration, we have the religious freedom to bow our heads (or not) and give thanks with any faith we choose to participate in. 

I am thankful for and have a deep appreciation for those who have made the choice to serve our country, both past and present, and their families.   Making a commitment to wear the uniform does not usually include a leave for the holiday, or a large budget for the family’s holiday that they are separated from.  Undergoing physical risks are also endured as part of their decision to serve.  I am thankful for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members, both past and present.

top of page photo*Photo from Operation Homefront website.

I am thankful for organizations who offer help and assistance to our military families like Operation Homefront.  Operation Homefront provides a way for civilians and their communities to show appreciation for service members, wounded warriors, and their families who have sacrificed so much.   operationhomefront.org/ Continue reading I am thankful for Operation Homefront

Robert Waples answers the call

Robert Waples answers the call

Robert Waples and Troy Bystrom

Today is Veteran’s Day, 2017.  We applaud and salute our Veterans who have worn the uniform, both past and present. We respect you, and have immense gratitude for your service, and our freedom.  

Instead of just saying, “thank you for your service,” thousands of private citizens who have not worn the uniform, express their appreciation in their own ways throughout the year.  Robert Waples is one of those Americans. Not only is he involved in volunteering with several veteran events and organizations, he is easy to spot in the crowd because he usually has his grandson, Troy Bystrom, with him.  Robert includes Troy so his grandson will also have the opportunity to show respect to our veterans.  Recently, we were able to catch up with Robert.    Continue reading Robert Waples answers the call

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

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Clare has enlisted in the U.S. Navy

 

Clare with Sarge enlisting in the U.S. Navy
Meet Clare from Missouri.  Not only did she walk down the aisle to receive her high school diploma in 2017, she recently raised her right hand at the Robert Young Federal Building to enlist into the United States Navy.
Congratulations, Clare, on both counts!  We salute you! The decision to become a service member is indeed a monumental declaration.  We appreciate you sharing some of your thoughts regarding this life-changing and important mission you have chosen.

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Upcoming West Metro Veterans Fair (WMVF)

UPCOMING WEST METRO VETERANS FAIR (WMVF)

Once again, Lakewood is gearing up for their annual West Metro Veterans Fair (WMVF).  Veteran Scott Hefty, the City of Lakewood Municipal Court Chief Probation Officer, is at the helm of this important event.  Please share this information with our veteran community .  This year’s date is Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 1pm to 4pm.

From Scott Hefty:  “The West Metro Veterans Fair (WMVF) is now in its 5th year.   This event originally started out as a grass-roots endeavor in 2013.   It was developed by the City of Lakewood to provide an informative forum for veterans and their family members.  Veterans were able to learn about and access the wide variety of services and interventions available by non-profit organizations as well as at the local, state and the federal government level. This veterans fair has grown into the event it is today  through the efforts of many, including Lodge #1777.

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Venita Collier and Elks Lodge #1777

 

Volunteer Venita Collier

Meet volunteer Venita Collier.  She is a (VAVS) Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services representative for the Colorado State Elks Association, and has been for the last three years.  Venita’s Elks Lodge is #1777 in Lakewood, CO.  She is very proud of her participation with this organization, and what it does for the community.  Venita Collier:  “There is no greater reward than to serve those who gave so much in serving our country.  It is a blessing to be able to give them joy and the joy I receive words cannot express.” Continue reading Venita Collier and Elks Lodge #1777

2017 Armed Forces FreedomRide

Those Who Serve Image2017 Annual National Armed Forces FreedomRide

Get ready, Get set, and Ride again for another Annual National Armed Forces FreedomRide.  This is the 8th year for this fun celebration with a community who recognizes that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.  If you have not yet attended this holiday event, come pay your respects to those that have served and those that are currently serving.  Veteran volunteer coordinator Gloria Clough: “Bikers across the Nation will Ride to Honor and Show their Support for all Armed Forces Veterans of War, Pow, MIA, KIA, WIA and Our Troops!” Continue reading 2017 Armed Forces FreedomRide