For Veterans Day this year, say ‘thank you’ with a card

October 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm | In Holidays, How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 4 Comments

Veterans Day is two weeks away – and this year, it can be more meaningful than ever … if you choose to join in an organized effort to say “thank you” to those who have served. From Andrea Geraghty of West Seattle American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160 – and note that you can visit the Auxiliary at the Harvest Festival tomorrow:

Have you wondered how to show your support for Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is November 11th and honors the men and women who have served in the United States armed services.

Who is a Veteran?
Veterans are people who served in the military (U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) in times of war or peace.

Who do you know who is a veteran?
Maybe it is your mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandfather, grandmother, cousin, neighbor, or teacher. You can be very proud of them. Many have given much to keep us safe and free.

Have you thanked a veteran today?
This year, considered writing a thank-you card to a Veteran thanking them for their service to our country.

The West Seattle American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160 invites children (and adults) to make a card for a Veteran for Veterans Day. Cards can be dropped off at the American Legion Hall 3618 SW Alaska St (through the mail slot at the front of the building) or if your school is interested in doing it as a school project, we would be happy to pick them up.

**We will also be at the Harvest Festival on October 28th; look for the dark blue canopy, cards can be dropped off there any time between 10:00-2:00 and join us for fun activities.**

Please drop off cards no later than Thursday, November 8, 2012. Contact Andrea Geraghty at alaunit160@gmail.com to make arrangements for pickup from schools by November 1, 2012.

The thank-you cards will be distributed to Veterans currently living in the West Seattle area and Veterans at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

(Cards: Please do not include personal address/contact information; this will not be a pen-pal. Cards should be no larger than one 8 ½ x 12 sheet of paper folded in half (cards may be folded smaller). No envelopes.

Thank you, West Seattle; if you’re interested in learning more about the American Legion Auxiliary, please contact us at alaunit160@gmail.com.

4 Comments

  1. Pssssst…..the opening paragraph of the story says Post 60. S/B 160

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 6:48 pm October 27, 2012 #

  2. Here’s an idea to honor veterans on Veteran’s Day: what about taking time to volunteer, mentor, and advocate on behalf of a veteran or all veterans? One Iraq vet I know was just denied benefits for PTSD, though the VA made the diagnosis several years ago.

    I have many close family members who are veterans, from WWII to the present.

    So many veterans are coming home with PTSD, the VA is using whatever it takes to force them to give up ever trying to get any help with the long-term consequences of their sacrifices. People need to wake up to what is happening to this generation’s Vietnam vets.

    Comment by a vet's family member — 7:33 am October 29, 2012 #

  3. The American Legion and VFW auxiliaries are always looking for volunteers. Thank you ‘A Vet’s Family Me…’ for your post, please email us if you’re interested in local opportunities. alaunit160@gmail.com

    There is also an appeal process for the Iraq Vet that you referred to, please encourage them to see a accredited veterans service officer to help with the claim.

    Thank you for your support and advocacy,
    American Legion Auxiliary unit 160 (Andrea)

    Comment by ala160 — 8:54 am October 29, 2012 #

  4. If there is any solace in this, we’ve compiled the web’s largest list of Veterans Day deals. As a veteran myself (U.S. Navy) it is comforting to see businesses step up to honor service.

    http://militaryandveteransdiscounts.com/veterans_day_discounts.html

    Thank you for your volunteer work and service.

    Comment by MILVETDISCOUNTS — 7:05 pm November 4, 2012 #

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