The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
ARMY OF HOPE:
As of this writing, we are about to ship out the Christmas, holiday, Thank you and get-well cards to our troops serving in Afghanistan and those rehabilitating in Walter Reed National Medical Center at Bethesda and also at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. We know that they will be received with the same gratitude as they have been for the past 10 years. If you could only see the artwork that our elementary students put in to their creations and the caring thoughts written by students in our middle schools in the cards that they make for the troops. It always adds a more "special" meaning to me during the Christmas season as I read and pack their messages to post to the troop APO and hospitals addresses.
I would like to take this time to
update everyone on our severely wounded warrior Tim S. His financial
condition has eased, but still not out of the woods. He has had
a setback physically with episodes of seizures. He has had many
tests done and his problems seem to stem from his TBI (Traumatic
Brain Injury). If this turns out to be the cause, there are medications
to control the seizures, but they will have to take away his driver's
license. This would be a depressing situation to anyone with PTSD
when facing the proposition of being confined and losing the ability
to travel and move around whenever you want.
Finally, Tim has been so impressed by the kindness of the Elks organization and our Lodge with all the charitable work that we do that I have proposed him for membership. I feel he will be a proud addition to our Lodge.
Stop by the Lodge and see our Freedom Tree on display in the foyer. For a small donation of $5 you can add the name of our Fallen Heroes (Gold Star with serviceperson's name) and/or Severely Wounded Warrior (Blue Star with Purple Heart and their name) from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Our goal is to have every star and serviceperson represented.
Thank you for all the charitable
success that we have had this year. A very special THANK YOU to
members PDD Lee Trautman, PVP Greg Bodnar, PER George Upton, the
late Doug Rogers and PER Mauro Fanelli for all their assistance
in raising money through functions within the lodge for this committee.
God Bless our Troops, Veterans and their Families
God Bless America
Bruce R. Totten - PDD
For More Information, consult our Grand Lodge site: http://www.elks.org/vets/
Also to Find out more about the Elks National Veterans Memorial, click here!