VFW’s message of thanks on Veterans Day

The message from members of the Coon Rapids VFW and Ladies Auxiliary was simple Monday when they greeted veterans on Veterans Day, “We thank you so much for your service.”

The post and auxiliary members presented gift bags to veterans at Park River Estates Care Center, Camilia Rose Care Center and Volunteers of America Homestead of Coon Rapids.

Val Stanton (left), Coon Rapids VFW Ladies Auxiliary, presents Jerry Neenan, Volunteers of America Homestead of Coon Rapids resident and veteran, with a gift bag on Veterans Day.

Val Stanton (left), Coon Rapids VFW Ladies Auxiliary, presents Jerry Neenan, Volunteers of America Homestead of Coon Rapids resident and veteran, with a gift bag on Veterans Day.

These visits have been an annual Veterans Day tradition of the VFW and its auxiliary for more than 20 years.

Each gift bag contained a stocking cap, pen and paper, clipboard and other supplies.

At the Homestead of Coon Rapids, four residents who are veterans received the goodie bags and thanks from the VFW and auxiliary members.

They were Harold Dahlin, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and an aircraft gunnery instructor; Emile Bernier, who served in the Canadian Army in the early 1950s; Jerry Neenan, who served in the U.S.  Navy on board a submarine from 1960 to 1964; and Doug Arnstrom, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coon Rapids VFW and Auxliary members who stopped by Homestead of Coon Rapids Monday were Bob Gullickson, Michael Stanton, Mary Hawkins, Mary Kaye Kath and Val Stanton.

The Homestead of Coon Rapids, an assisted living and memory care facility, opened in 1999 and has been operated by the Volunteers of America since 2003.

It has 29 assisted living units and 24 for memory care.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

  • http://vato21stcentury.blogspot.com/ Jim S.

    The Only Government Branch, the Executive and it’s entire Cabinet, federal and states, consistently not only doing for us Vets but the Military personal and their Families, from day one, started even before, and the first oath to office!!!

    The long underfunded, decades now and especially the past decade plus:

    RM: “We got a huge round of tax cuts in this country a few weeks before9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway.
    How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was free?
    Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business.” 23 May 2013

    “If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too” “not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American.” -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    “12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families.” Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility

    As those hawks and oh so patriotic supporters loves their wars for free, especially the decades of results from!!

    USN All Shore ’67-’71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country ’70-’71

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