The Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 of Jamestown and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 Support the Troops Program will hold their inaugural dice run on Saturday.
Registration is from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Coldspring Fire Hall, 2603 Route 394, Steamburg. The cost is $15 for driver/rider or $10 for just a driver, which includes dinner. All proceeds benefit the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 and Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 Support the Troops Program's efforts to send care packages to troops serving overseas and donating to wounded and sick veterans. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a flag raising ceremony. The ride begins at noon. Riders will return to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 post, 41 Bigelow Ave., Jamestown.
There will be a pig roast with many sides available for $8 a plate. Other activities include live auctions, giveaways and a 50-50 giveaway. Those who want to participate but don't want to ride are invited to all of the events at the Vietnam Veterans of America post building, 41 Bigelow Ave., Jamestown.
The groups send care packages continuously throughout the year. Each care package that is sent has an estimated value of $85. It contains roughly $60 worth of supplies and costs between $20 and $25 to ship each box. Items collected for care packages include shampoo, body wash, soap, deodorant, ChapStick, nasal spray, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton balls, Q-tips, socks, assorted hard candies, granola bars, peanuts, instant coffee and things like puzzle books, footballs, baseballs and gloves, and even dog treats for dogs serving with troops overseas. Donations, whether goods or money, are always accepted and appreciated.
"Support the Troops was started so that today's soldiers could get some comforts of home while they are so far away defending our freedoms and liberties - something that is very important to our Vietnam veterans as they did not have support when they were fighting. Every day, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces set out to protect our freedom and liberty. As we at home enjoy the privileges that are afforded to us due to their continuing hard work, we strive to find ways to convey our appreciation and support. Fundraising efforts and community donations make it possible for us to send the care packages filled with supplies and comforts of home to remind them that we are forever grateful for the sacrifices they have made to ensure our rights. As long as they continue to fight, we will continue to support. As the situation changes and they come home, we will find ways to continue our support mission on our home front here with the VMW and VVA. We will welcome them into our veteran family as we do all veterans. God Bless America and the American Soldier." said Christine Servis, Support the Troops chairwoman. "If you are looking to help support our mission or request a package be sent to someone that is deployed, contact us: JVVA Support the Troops Committee, 41 Bigelow Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701; call 483-6845 or call Christine Servis at 450-2442 or Melodie Paladino at 450-6768. You can also find us on Facebook by searching Jamestown Vietnam Veterans Association, Inc. Due to confidentiality and privacy restrictions, we are not allowed to call and ask for deployed service members' information. That is why we are asking for the community's help in reaching our deployed troops."
In order to give support to veterans and servicemen/women they hold several fundraising events, the next couple on the calendar include a can drive July 20 in Falconer and a steak and clam bake August 30 on the VVA premises.
The Support the Troops Program is a committee consisting of volunteer members from Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 of Jamestown and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865.
"Our two veterans' organizations are dedicated to assisting veteran's past, present and future. " said Joe Paladino, Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 president. "Our Support the Troops Program is here to reach out and let our servicemen/women know how much they are appreciated, respected and loved here on the home front, and we will be here for them when they return home. The packages being sent are a comfort from home that shows them the communities back home support them and cares about them. The more we can send, the more comfort they receive and it lets them feel just a little bit closer to home. We receive many letters of thanks from the troops that receive our packages and we would like to extend those thanks to all that have donated to our fundraiser. Our fundraising efforts would not be what they are today without those donations."
For more information on the Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 or Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865 and their Support the Troops Program, call 483-6845.