The Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 of Jamestown and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 are holding a sock hop at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865, 41 Bigelow Ave., Jamestown.
1950s and 1960s music will be provided by DJ Scottie. Meals for $5 each or $8 per couple will include hot dogs, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, french fries and desserts. There will be various giveaways and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds from the event help the Support the Troops Program to send care packages to active members deployed overseas.
"We are two veterans' organizations dedicated to assisting all veteran's past, present and future in any situation that may come our way. Whether someone needs direction to services, someone to talk to, or just to see brothers and sisters with a common bond, we are here for them." said Joe Paladino, Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 president. "The packages that we send out have letters introducing our organizations and the Support the Troops Program's mission. We invite the servicemen/women to come visit when they return stateside so that we can welcome them into our brotherhood and caring family. Also included is our message that 'We are proud of them, we are praying for their safe return and that they are heroes and will be honored as such when they return home'."
In 2013, the groups were able to raise enough money to ship 187 care packages packed with $60 to $80 of basic necessities and goodies, each averaging between $25 and $35 to ship overseas. The groups work together to recruit and inform local veterans of benefits and maintain the integrity that no veteran past, present or future is left behind or forgotten. They hold several fundraisers each year to raise money for veterans in need, families of veterans in need, care packages to service members and make donations to community foundations. On a regular basis they also attend different veteran functions, conduct flag ceremonies, participate in parades, provide military funeral services as requested and inform veterans and their families of benefits available all at no charge.
Upcoming events include the VMW 200 Club at 6 p.m. Feb. 16. All proceeds help the Veterans of Modern Warfare provide money to local veterans and veterans' families in need of assistance, and again assistance in mailing packages to troops overseas. The event includes music, food and 50-50 drawings. For more information, call 450-6768.
A Chili Challenge will begin at 1 p.m. March 8 with a pool tournament and then chili contest beginning at 4 p.m. For more information about entering a chili recipe, call call 450-6768.