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Post 619 calls attention to vets’ needs in pandemic

Post 619 calls attention to vets’ needs in pandemic
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By George Stahl
Guest Writer

Memorial Day, red paper poppies and the Jewish War Veterans Copper State Post 619 have been synonymous for the past 25 years.

The Sun Lakes JWV Poppy Program raises funds for local veterans’ organizations in the Phoenix area to offset costs for thousands of men, women and their families who served our country in all branches of the military.

This year, a new crisis faces our nation in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That means that for Post 619, there is a new objective for the volunteers who – conditions permitting and the threat of COVID-19 is subsiding, will be posted at local Frye’s supermarkets – to receive your donations.

One of the organizations JWV assists is, Veterans First.

The group helps vets and their spouses, surviving spouses, veterans with compromised health, disabled veterans, and veterans struggling with families with children.

In this time of COVID-19, Veterans First works to provide food for our elderly and vulnerable veterans who are in need of food.

Some veterans are not capable of getting to stores or handling other essential activities during this self-isolation period. They need extra help, and the people at Veterans First and JWV Post 619 are there for them.

Another local group, U.S. Vets-Phoenix, also benefits from money raised by the Poppy sales.

According to Michelle Jamison, executive director of U.S. Vets- Phoenix, “Jewish War Veterans Post 619 has donated over $42,000 to our organization.”

In light of what has been gripping the world since December, Jamison said, “Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, Post 619 has come through for us again, with a sizable donation to be used to place homeless vets into motels and supply them with food. We know we can always count on the Jewish War Veterans to come to our rescue.”

Bob Brooks, commander of JWV Copper State Post 619, said, “As long as the circumstance permits, we will be out in front of three of the local Frye’s Grocery Stores on Memorial Day weekend.”

According to Brooks, if the group is not able do poppy sales at the stores, a contribution would be welcomed. A check made out to: Jewish War Veterans Copper State Post 619, can be mailed to them at P.O. Box 13113, Sun Lakes, AZ. 85248.

For more information contact Bob Brooks at robtlinda72@gmail.com or 480-588-1827. The members at the Post invite you to attend their meetings, resuming in September on the third Sunday of the month, at Sun Lake’s Country Club.

These are unprecedented and uncertain times, an overwhelming number of us are in need, and are frightened. A great number of the organizations that JWV Post 619 helps support are on the front lines and in tune with the needs of the vets they help.

With your support, vets’ lives will be a little easier, and together we can overcome the odds of COVID-19.

For those who served us when it was crucial, your contribution now or anytime will help support a vet through the JWV Post 619 Poppy Program, our major source of fundraising.  We say thank you.

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