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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Younger vets eligible for bonus

Time is running out for Persian Gulf War veterans to apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus.
The law implementing the program specified that the bonus for veterans of the Persian Gulf War era would only be in effect until Dec. 31, 2013. I know that sounds like a long time from now, but to process paperwork through the government? Why wait until the last minute?
If you served more than 90 days of active duty, not for training, during the periods of the Persian Gulf War and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, you may be eligible to receive the bonus. Eligible veterans must have been Ohio residents at the time of their entry into the service and must now be an Ohio resident.
For more details or to apply, call 877-OHIO-VET (877-644-6838) option 2, visit, or visit any county veterans service office (see for an interactive map of county offices.)
Honor Flight Cleveland
now in sixth year
Honor Flight Cleveland is beginning its sixth year of flying World War II veterans to see their memorial in Washington, D.C.
The first flight of 2012 was May 16. Veterans flying from our area were: Eugene Laubach, Thomas Matpack, Rosario Oriti and Anthony Torre. Guardians who flew from the area were Rudy Baitt, Martha Bruening, Benjamin Bruening, Ken Bruening, Judith Church, Johanna Frebes, Carol Hoyt, Edna Korb, John Light and Rosemary Zang. The flight was sponsored by 100+ Women Who Care — Cleveland Metro Chapter, which made a $13,000 donation to Honor Flight Cleveland.
HFC is looking for World War II veterans to make the trip of a lifetime. If you are a WWII veteran or know of a WWII veteran who would like to go to Washington to see their memorial, at no cost to them, call 440-639-9368 or visit the website at
If you are interested in volunteering to help the veterans on their way to Washington, visit the website and fill out a volunteer application.
Headlands AMVETS
goes international
AMVETS Post 40, 9141 Jordan Drive in Mentor, will host a taco night from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, with tacos served for $1.50 each. The post will serve a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. The dinners are $5.50 a person and the public is welcome. For details, call 440-257-5825.
M-L AMVETS offer steaks
AMVETS Post 109, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor-on-the-Lake, is serving steak dinners from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday evenings. Dinners are $10 each. Not in the mood for a steak?
Then try a burger with all the trimmings.
The post will be open 9 a.m. to noon Sunday for the auxiliary breakfast. Cost is $5.
For details on any of the meals being served, call the post at 440-257-9217.
Third Annual Golf Outing
at Pleasant Hills
American Legion Post 459, 14059 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host its third annual Golf Outing, beginning at 10:30 a.m. June 8, at Pleasant Hills Golf course in Claridon Township. For tickets, call Bruce at 440-897-2396.
Painesville Legion
hosts garage sale
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a garage sale June 8 to 10. Table space is $7 per day. All proceeds benefit the Color Guard. Call 440-357-7711 for details.
In addition, the post will host a steak fry 5 to 8 p.m. June 8 at the post. All are welcome to attend. For details, call the post at 440-357-7711.
Flag retirement ceremony in Eastlake
Willowick American Legion Post 678 and Eastlake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863 will perform a joint flag retirement ceremony 11 a.m. June 10 at The Boulevard of Flags. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 440-942-3980 or 440-943-9659.
Marines Corps League
hosts dinner
Col. J.M. Chambers Foundation “Gunny’s Hall,” 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, will host a
steak or rib dinner June 16 at the hall.
Donation is $15 and tickets are by reservation only.
Call 440-974-9380 to reserve a dinner.
Golf outing benefits
veterans scholarship
Mentor American Legion Post 352 will host a golf outing June 30 at Black Brook Golf Course in Mentor.
The post is looking for sponsors. Sponsorship supports the Lake Erie Scholarship for Veterans and other student and youth activities.
The sponsorship also promotes a sponsor’s business.
Hole sponsorships are $100.
For details about sponsorships opportunities call Bob Zonneville at 440-257-6448 or Doug Koman at 440-257-9077.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to


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