Hello to all My Super Supporters! Our year is moving quickly and I know from the reports that I have been receiving that many of you are out there showing support for OUR veterans. You have been taking meals, shuttling to Dr. appointments and also promoting the programs within this program. I want to encourage you to not only continue supporting our veterans but also get out and promote these programs, National Veterans Service (NVS), Military Assistance (MAPS),
Unmet Needs, Disaster Relief and Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness. Schedule an event with or without your Post for the promotions. Combine it with an event you already have scheduled or are planning to have.
Also remember to utilize the Veterans & Family Support materials/resources available on the National website. Visit malta.vfwauxiliary.org. There is great stuff there!
If you were not able to attend our August School of Instruction, you missed this super supporter (me) in my hero costume promoting suicide prevention and mental health awareness. I encouraged everyone to either buy a teardrop pin from the VFW store or to make your own by printing the tear drops from the above resources page and gluing them to mini clothespins, which can be found at Walmart in the craft section. This is a great conversation starter whenever you are out and about!
May we always stand united, in front of, beside and in back of all OUR veterans, to support them.
“Banding Together for Our Veterans”
I am always available for questions or to help with your reports. You can reach me in several ways as well as send those reports to any of them.
I would like to thank Madame President Barbara for allowing me to continue to chair this program as it is dear to my heart.
This program was started in 1947 and was originally known as the Rehabilitation Program. It has grown since then and become so much more. It now includes numerous programs under its umbrella but OUR goal is still the same. We have to care for and show support for our veterans, service members and their families.
This year’s National theme is “Banding Together for Our Veterans” and this should be OUR motto as we work together to support our veterans, service members and their families. This program is the heart of our organization. We need to make ourselves visible in our communities and spread awareness of the programs and aid available to our veterans, these include:
National Veterans Service (NVS) that helps obtain benefits that they deserve – at no cost.
Military Assistance Program (MAPS) funds ways to connect with local military units.
Unmet Needs has financial grants to help pay rent/mortgage, utilities, auto repairs and more.
VFW Sports Clips Help A Hero Scholarships awards money to assist with educational goals.
Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness.
Supporting Homeless Veterans.
Supporting Veteran Caregivers.
Our veterans have sacrificed so much for us, our service members continue to sacrifice as do all of their families so it is time for us to do all we can for them. As our MS Department theme says, “Let’s Soar Above and Beyond for Veterans” and show our support like never before.
My goal again this year is to have every auxiliary in our state participate in 2 or more of the above programs AND to report that for 100% participation. Remember to REPORT the SUPPORT!
Salutations Auxiliary Members! I am so excited to be asked to be chairman of this program for another year. Thank you to Madame President Barbara for entrusting me with it. I look forward to working with all of you again to see just how much support we can give. Our objective as auxiliaries is to provide support to the VFW and to serve our veterans, service members and their families. This is at the heart of our organization. Our veterans sacrificed so much for us and we need to work to support them now by providing direct aid in the form of meals, transportation, donations(money), the list is endless as to what you can do.
There are several programs within this program and they include: ● National Veterans Service (NVS) – helps to obtain benefits they deserve – at no cost. Every county in MS has a Service Officer who can help file claims or work to ensure they receive VA Healthcare. ● Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness – confidential support is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-MyVA411 for all VA Depts. OR call 988 & press 1, also online at veteranscrisisline.net or text 838255.
For our active duty or recently discharged service members these include: ● Military Assistance (MAPS) – funds ways for VFW & Auxiliary members to give more to their local military units. Contact VFW Veterans & Military Support at 816-756-3390 on how to apply. ● Unmet Needs – grants up to $1500.00 payable to a creditor to help with rent/mortgage, utilities, auto repairs and more. Visit vfw.org/assistance/financial-grants. ● VFW “Sports Clips” Help a Hero Scholarship – awards scholarships up to $5000.00 to help complete educational goals. Visit vfw.org/student-veterans-support
Also remember to utilize the Veterans & Family Support materials/resources available on the National website. Visit malta.vfwauxiliary.org and if you are not already signed up in MALTA, please do so.
May we always stand united, in front of, beside and in back of all our veterans, to always support them! I am always available for questions or help with your report form. You can reach me several ways and send those reports to any of them. Becki Todd