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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Veterans benefit differences defined

Confused about Lake County Veterans Services and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs? Ever wonder what benefits you may be entitled to as a veteran?
The Lake County Veterans Service Commission will present an informational meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor.
The presentation will explain what the Veterans Service Commission is and what services are offered.
The agency offers a link between Veterans Affairs and veterans and their dependents. The commission may be able to aid with emergency temporary assistance in some cases and assist in identifying what benefits the veteran, spouse and dependents may be entitled to.
The informational meeting is free and open to the public.
The event is sponsored by VFW Post 7754 and the Ladies Auxiliary.

Need help locating a monument
At one time, an honor roll stood in front of McKinley School on Lost Nation Road in Willoughby. The names of those who were in the armed forces or those killed in World War II were listed on the honor roll. The memorial was in three sections and had three eagles carved into the stones on top.
This stood in an area that has been used as a parking lot. Does anyone know what happened to the monument or where it might have been moved to?

Reverse raffle to benefit
Fisher House Cleveland

A $1,000 grand prize reverse raffle and Chinese auction to benefit the Greater Cleveland Fisher House will be 5 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor.
Tickets are $25 per person and include food, open bar and side boards. All proceeds will benefit the construction of a Cleveland Fisher House, where families of veterans can stay for free while their veteran is undergoing treatment at veterans facilities in Cleveland.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The drawing begins at 8:30. For details, call the post at 440-352-1123.

Ladies serve breakfast
Ladies Auxiliary of Painesville VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday at the post home. For details, call the post at 440-354-9090

Cabbage roll dinner in
Willoughby Hills

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a cabbage roll dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the post home. Donation is $8 per dinner. Call 440-944-1642 or Rosina Drenski at 440-944-4903 for reservations.

Annual Rock-a-Thon returns
AMVETS 20th District Ladies Auxiliary will host the Annual Rock-a-Thon at Perry Post 1971, 4128 Main Street in Perry, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29. This is a fundraiser benefiting Hospice of the Western Reserve. The 20th District includes Mentor Post 40; Mentor-on-the-Lake Post 109, Maple Heights Post 80, Richfield Post 176 and Perry Post 1971.
Rockers are needed to rock in the rocking chairs and sponsors are also welcome. For details about rocking or donating, call Gertie Rorabaugh at 440-259-4242.

Young Marines Garage Sale
Gather all the unwanted items around the house and donate them to the Young Marines Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30 at 1295 South Broadway in Geneva. Call 440-812-0126 to arrange for donation. The sale will be open to the public and proceeds will help support the Young Marines’ trip to Washington, D.C., scheduled for Oct. 10.

DAV chapter meets in Mentor
Lake County Chapter 42 Disabled American Veterans meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Marine Corps League Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor. Meetings begin at 11 a.m. and last about an hour. All disabled American veterans are welcome.

The 237th USMC Birthday Celebration sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 782 will be 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 10 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall, 133 S. Spruce St. in Jefferson.
The event is open to the public. Dress is business casual. Tickets include dinner, beverage, dancing, ceremony and more.
Tickets are $45 per couple and $25 a single.
Come and help celebrate the birthday of America’s Marines with your local Marine Corps veterans and members of the Pvt. Henry Kalinowski Marine Corps League Detachment 782.
For details, call Tom Lucas Jr. at 440-992-5861 or 440-813-3914.

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