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
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.
Friends of the National World War II Memorial Chairman Ambassador F. Haydn Williams presents a wreath at the WWII Memorial on Memorial Day 2007. The WWII Memorial was formally dedicated in 2004. (Photo from Friends of the WWII Memorial website)
Do you know who is considered the Father of the World War II Memorial? On a recent trip to this National Memorial, RMHF answered the question. www.rockymountainhonorflight.org Continue reading WWII Memorial & RMHF
Do you appreciate old-fashioned notions including honor and character? Our WWII American veterans may not have realized their values and love of country would help shape the lives of future generations. However, their contributions were crucial in overcoming injustice and tyranny. Their efforts established our freedom and democracy.
Fortunately, some of these veterans who have been called, “the greatest generation ever,” are still with us. Rocky Mountain Honor Flight continues to raise the finances to send these cherished Americans to Washington DC, to view the National WWII Memorial at no expense to the veterans. www.rockymountainhonorflight.org. Continue reading Rocky Mountain Honor Flight Takes Off
Colorado’s 50th Vietnam War Anniversary Ceremony: WELCOME HOME! Flags lined the way to the staging area for the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony. It was held at Ft. Logan’s National Cemetery in Denver on March 29th. Over two hundred people joined together to acknowledge and honor our military veterans for the 50th Vietnam War Anniversary. It was a special day for our Vietnam Veterans who served. The salutation, “Welcome home brother,” could be heard again and again as veterans greeted each other. A Vietnam Veteran lapel pin was presented to each veteran to recognize, thank and honor their service during the Vietnam War period. Continue reading 50th Vietnam War Anniversary
Veteran Advocate Judy A. Atencio
Judy Atencio has been an active veteran advocate for 20 years. She works tirelessly caring for veterans. Whether the issue is agent orange, the elderly, disabled or homeless, if a veteran is in need, Judy is attempting to solve the problem. If you are attending a veteran meeting, fund-raiser or program in the West Metro area, chances are Judy helped coordinate and organize the event. If you look around the room, she is probably present and taking notes. She is everywhere! Judy Atencio is the epitome of the philosophy: “It’s not what you say… it’s what you do.” She is amazing. Unfortunately for the Denver Metro area, Judy and her husband Ed are retiring and moving to Montrose in August. Continue reading Veteran Advocate: Judy Atencio