Thursday, October 18, 2012

Veterans Events courtesy of Greg Merschel

Veterans Day Events:

-          October 13th, 2012           3rd Annual Food Drive to Support Local Veterans/ Motorcycle Kick Off Ride                                         10:00 am
Citadel Security and Investigation LLC is sponsoring the “3rdAnnual Food Drive to Support Local
Veterans” in part with Pepsi, The Home Depot, Moses Leather Company, Harley Davison
Motorcycles, and All Sports Honda. In past years this food drive has been successful in providing
food for struggling veterans and their families in the local and surrounding communities.

There will be a motorcycle kick off ride held on Oct. 13, 2012 starting at the Grand Junction
Vet Center to show support for this event and our local veteran’s. Your donation of canned
and non-perishable food items will help feed local veterans and their families during the holidays.
Donations will be accepted from October 13th to December 3rd, 2012 and can be dropped off at the
Grand Junction Vet Center at 2472 F Road Unit 16, Grand Junction, CO 81505.

The Grand Junction Vet Center provides free readjustment counseling and outreach to all
veterans and their families. These services are provided in a comfortable, confidential, secure
and private environment. The Vet Center also provides help for local veterans with finding resources
that are available to them. For any questions regarding the local food drive or the Grand Junction
-          October 17th, 2012           Mesa County Veterans Upward Bound, cost free for Eligible Veterans                                                    10:00 am
Interested in returning to school and want more information come b y the
Vet Center 2472 F Road Unit #16.  POC is Valorie Maes(970) 256-2465
-          October 27th, 2012           Halloween Dance Salute to the Troops, hosted by OI, VFW 1247 Post 1404 Ute Ave. at                    7:00 pm
Costumes optional, there will be a chocolate baking contest, silent auction, door prizes,
Costume contest.  $15 per person or $25 per couple, ask about military discount.  For more
Information or to sign up for baking contest call (970) 523-4217.
-          October 30th, 2012           Grand Junction VA Medical Center Parks Pass Distribution in the Main Lobby                                      9:00 am
for disabled veterans from 9 to 11.
-          November 2nd, 2012        Veterans Stand Down, First Congregational Church, 1425 North 5th St. at                                                9:00 am
Across from GJ High School. Services will include basic medical, haircuts, VA Health Care,
Job search assistance, hot meal, DOD clothing and more.  Transportation will be provided
Free by the Grand Valley Transit.  Eligibility is open to all Veterans who need assistance any
Questions please contact Lisa Strauss at (970) 242-7301and ask for Homeless Coordinator.
-          November 9th, 2012        Cookie Distribution main Lobby Provided by Choice Hotels 11:30 to 1                                                       11:30 am
-          November 9th, 2012        Military Ball hosted by SVA at Colorado Mesa University, Two Rivers Convention Center at                 6:00 pm
-          November 10th, 2012      1PM, Parking Lot at R-5 High School.  Veterans Day Parade.  EMail for an application.  No entry fee.  Veterans paid the price of Freedom.                                                                                                                                                   
-          November 11th, 2012      Fleet Reserve Organization will host a Wreath Ceremony at the Blue Heron Boat Ramp                  9:00 am
In the Redland parkway.  POC is Jim Tarr (970) 778-0232
-          November 11th, 2012      Veterans Day Ceremony, Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park in Fruita at                             11:00 am
-          November 11th, 2012      VFW Post 3981 State Color Guard will be conducting a Flag Retirement at the Commons                1 pm
-          November 11th, 2012      The Veterans Day Salute is presented by the Intermediate students to honor the
veterans of the United States of America.  The students and faculty work hard for many
weeks to present a very touching, superb presentation to express their gratitude to the
members of all our armed services.
-          November 11th, 2012      VFW Post 3981 State Color Guard will be conducting a Flag Retirement at the Fountains                 2:30 pm
-          November 12th, 2012      12th Annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation Day at                                                                                   5:00 pm
-          November 12th, 2012      Shelledy Elementary School 3rd Grade Music Program, “I Love America” Fruita Civic Center                1:00 pm
-          November 14th, 2012      Cookie Distribution Main Lobby Provided by the American Legion 11:30 to 1                                        11:30 am
-          November 15th, 2012      Salvation Army big push for Turkeys
-          November 30th, 2012      Salvation Army Coat Drive Ends at Nick and Willies
-          December 1st, 2012         Salvation Army Harley Ride
-          December 8th, 2012         Salvation Army Stuff the Truck at Wal-Mart
-          December 11th, 2012       CLC Toys for Tots presentation by HHV                                                                                                                  10:30 am
-          December 12th, 2012       Cookie Distribution Main Lobby Provided by the American Legion 11:30 to 1                                        11:30 am
-          December 15th, 2012       Wreaths Across America hosted by Patriot Guard Riders, Veteran Memorial Cemetery at                 1:00 pm
-          December 19/20, 2012   Salvation Army Holiday Food Box Distribution

           Semper Fi
George Delahanty, MA
Readjustment Counselor
Vet Center
2472 F Road Unit #16
Grand Junction, CO 81505
(970)245-4156 Office