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.
*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
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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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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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 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
Recently I read an article regarding being grateful for all of our blessings and people we may take for granted. The author suggested taking time from our busy schedule to think about who would be included in our cornucopia for Thanksgiving, instead of flowers or food.
With this website, we try to honor and demonstrate our gratitude for Veterans, service members and their families in our military community. We give thanks for all the brave men and woman from all conflicts who have put their own lives on hold, holidays included, for our freedom. Are they included in our cornucopia? You bet! Continue reading Thanksgiving & Our Military Kids
THANK YOU VETERANS!
This website, Star Spangled Boomerang, was built to honor our Veterans, Service Members, and their families. It was also created to encourage civilians to get involved with our military community. After more than two years, we have had the opportunity to interact with countless dedicated and caring individuals, both in and out of the military community. What an incredible journey and privilege it has been.
Our name, Star Spangled Boomerang, is a reminder that for every action there is a reaction. When a civilian takes action and becomes a service member, serves his/her country and returns home wounded, for some, Operation FINALLY HOME reacts by offering help. Continue reading Veteran’s Day & Star Spangled Boomerang
September 11, 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Join Denver’s 1st Service Platoon, with support from the Colorado Springs Service Platoon and participate with The Mission Continues. This years service project is at Mount Saint Vincent. In case you are not familiar with The Mission Continues, the following is from their website: https://www.missioncontinues.org/about/
“The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.
Since our founding, we have always been a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing together veterans and innovative community organizations to create transformational change for communities in need all across the country. Continue reading Sept. 11th: The Mission Continues
West Metro Veterans Fair
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1pm – 5pm, Lakewood Elks Lodge #1777, 1455 Newland Street, Lakewood
Greetings from Scott Hefty,
To everybody who has agreed to participate in the 2016 West Metro Veterans Fair (WMVF) – THANK YOU! We have 39 non-profits on this year’s vendor list which is a new record for us. Speaking of records, if we want to increase the number of WMVF attendees from 2015 we need everybody to pitch in and help spread the word by posting posters, handing out rack cards, posting WMVF information on your social media websites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) and in your newsletters as well as sharing this information with any veterans or other non-profits you are in contact with in order to get the word out to our veteran community.
Continue reading West Metro Veterans Fair: Scott Hefty
Jill Orr, Team RWB’s Denver Veteran Outreach Leader
Team Red, White & Blue is a fast growing organization of veterans and civilians alike. Team RWB’s mission: “To enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.” It is easy to identify members at an event. They proudly display Old Glory and wear Team RWB shirts. Civilian volunteer Jill Orr is the Veteran Outreach Leader in the Denver Chapter. www.teamrwb.org Continue reading Team RWB & Jill Orr