Where did you serve and what did you do?
Cuban Missile Crisis Radarman, USS Canisteo AO99
How are you #StillServing?
St. Juvin Post is approaching its century of service to veterans and the community and besides the standard VFW service initiatives has created community based programs for presentation to school age kids from 5th grade through high school.
These programs include a US flag history presentation with actual flags and a narrative with the students participating, and a Vietnam War perspective presentation by Army, Navy and Marine Vietnam veterans sharing their widely differing experiences with high school history students.
Since 2013 St. Juvin’s signature program has been “Blankets for Vets” where a 40X50 woven tapestry throws featuring the vets branch of service logo and personalized with the vets name is presented. The criteria for the blanket award is any local WWII, Korean War era, resident in a skilled care or assisted living facility or veteran with a serious health issue. Since its inception nearly 500 of these symbols of the vet’s service to a grateful nation, representing over $25,000 that the Post has raised through various raffles and generous donations from our loyal supporters.
Why do you do it?
At one time, military service was a common denominator, however, with the all volunteer military, veterans make up a very small percentage of the population.
St. Juvin Post believes that it is important for the community, especially our young folks to know about the sacrifices of the few for the many. Serving your nation and community and showing your pride in that service may inspire others, not necessarily veterans, to do the same.