WHAT WE DO FOR VETERANS
Making a Difference
We are a unique VFW post because we do NOT have a bar business or a building and thus can dedicate ourselves exclusively to helping vets in our community. For instance, we have many activities in all of Doylestown’s assisted living centers or nursing homes to support the older World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans (see below). We recently adopted a local Army National Guard engineering unit and are sponsoring their family readiness program, which positively impacts these young service members and their families (see below). Next year we are co-sponsoring a WWII Veterans Appreciation Day. We are a no-smoking, no-alcohol organization that treats its members like family. We have many other veterans programs, too numerous to list here, to help veterans of all ages in our town.
VISITING VETERANS WHO ARE IN ASSISTED LIVING OR NURSING HOMES
Helping our Oldest Veterans
An important activity for our Post is to regularly visit the six Assisted Living / Nursing Home facilities in the Doylestown area. Our volunteers interact, share meals and stories with the elder WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans of our community. Sometimes we are their only outside fellowship that they have, since some have outlived their friends or lost track of their families. We visit certain facilities monthly and others we visit at least a few times a year or if we are requested. We consider this to be a critical element of our veteran outreach program for our Post and we always have lots of volunteers. You hear some great tales from our friends there!
SEND PACKAGES TO OUR SERVICEMEN / WOMEN OVERSEAS & IN THE CONUS
HELP US SEND CARE PACKAGES!
We directly sponsor:
OPERATION SANTA - BUCKS COUNTY
This volunteer group sends "CARE" packages of needed items to our Soldiers / Marines / Sailors / Airmen who are overseas. Especially to those in combat locations. They mail 1200-2800 packages per year. Operation Santa has been in continuous operation for over a decade but they currently have no corporate sponsors. They rely solely on individuals or groups to help them raise funds for this wonderful cause.
I can tell you from personal experience, THESE PACKAGES ARE A HUGE MORALE BOOST for those that receive them and all the goodies are shared and used!! Operation Santa needs you to help build packages or to make a donation. We support them financially and with volunteers. Do something for our servicemen and women oversea - Join Operation Santa Now!
Contact: Lori Roche
HELPING CURRENT SERVICEMEN and WOMEN and their FAMILIES
Doylestown Post #175 commander, Colonel Gregory Marston (ret) presents a check to Captain Caleb Haslett, the commander of the Delta 103rd Brigade Engineering Battalion (BEB) to help his unit to build a Family Readiness Group (FRG). The primary objective of the FRG is to empower Soldiers, their families and extended families, who are experiencing frequent and long deployments, to become more knowledgeable and self-reliant. The VFW Post #175 and the Delta 103rd BEB will be having a mutual gathering in Sept, 2018 to let the veterans welcome home the young Soldiers when the 103rd returns from a major deployment from the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California. These two units plan on future events together as part of the VFW Adopt-a-Unit program. The VFW Post #175 is honored to support such an outstanding Army unit and its Soldiers.
We Support this Program to Help Veterans
Meghan's Foundation Mission:
The primary objective of Meghan’s Foundation is raising awareness and support for veterans and active-duty military who may be experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We do this by developing free, trauma-sensitive programs of yoga and meditation for military, veterans, and their spouses or partners.
PTSD and Veterans:
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a physical and mental health condition involving the stress response system. It can develop following a traumatic event or a sustained traumatic time period such as war. Symptoms may not appear for years and can come and go. They can include intrusive thoughts, avoidant/numbing symptoms, anxiety, withdrawal from family and society, hyper-vigilance, physical pain, and many more, to the extent that the symptoms interfere with everyday activities and relationships.
Between 12% and 20% of OIF, OEF & Desert Storm Veterans have PTSD in a given year, and 30% of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Suicide and reckless PTSD-related behaviors are leading causes of death among veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Contact Doylestown VFW Post #175 to find out how to support Meghan's Foundation