The Edmonds Community College Foundation honored donors to its veterans campaign on Nov. 29 with the unveiling of the Boots to Books and Beyond Veterans Donor Wall in Lynnwood Hall. Pictured from left are Carl Kurfess, U.S. Army Reserve (retired), Veterans Resource Center Director Chris Szarek, U.S. Navy veteran, and Evert Harden, U.S. Army veteran. (Contributed photo)

Donor Wall honors aid to student veteran program

Donor wall honors aid to student veteran program

LYNNWOOD — The Edmonds Community College Foundation honored donors to its veterans campaign Nov. 29 with the unveiling of the Boots to Books and Beyond Veterans Donor Wall in Lynnwood Hall.

“We are grateful for the 173 generous donors, companies, and foundations from our region that gave multi-year gifts so veterans transitioning from military to civilian life would have the best services possible here at Edmonds CC,” said Brad Thomas, Edmonds Community College Foundation executive director.

The campaign raised $1 million to provide on-campus support services for student veterans, including a centralized Veterans Resource Center, counseling and disability services, career advisers, veteran family support, and emergency and scholarship funding to ensure student veterans are not forced to drop out of school due to a lack of benefits or unexpected expenses.

EdCC served 237 student veterans during fall quarter 2016.

Learn more at edcc.edu/veterans and www.edcc.edu/foundation/veterans.

ACTIVE DUTY

U.S. Air Force Airman Jazmin Robinson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Robinson is the daughter of Jessica Robinson, of Lake Stevens. She is a 2015 graduate of Lake Stevens High School.

EVENTS

Catalina talk: The PBY Naval Air Museum plans its monthly no-host luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at the CPO Club in Oak Harbor. The featured speaker will be Fred Owen, who has accumulated more than 40,000 hours piloting a wide range of single and multi-engine piston and jet aircraft, including the PBY-6A, N85U as a contract forest firefighting unit. Owen will tell the story of an N85’s destruction during the filming of the recently released movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.” The public is invited to this event. The CPO Club is at 1080 Ault Field Road in Oak Harbor. For more information or directions, call 360-240-9500.

Hero’s Café: Hero’s Café is a new monthly social gathering for all veterans. A grand opening is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31, with a ceremony at 10:30 a.m., at Verdant Health and Wellness Community Center, 4710 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. The regular café will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month. Veterans can share a cup of coffee and their stories. The program is a partnership between local veterans groups and the city of Lynnwood. A service officer will be available for those seeking benefits information. More info: Gary Walderman, ckr_satx@yahoo.com.

RESOURCES

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society: The nonprofit provides interest-free loans and grants for emergency and unexpected financial needs for active duty, retired military and their family members. Programs include budget counseling, financial education, nurse home visits, and more. NMCRS Everett is based at the Smokey Point Navy Complex in Marysville. More info: 425-304-3203, www.nmcrs.org.

Employers Support of the Guard and Reserves: ESGR supports the men and women of the Guard and Reserves, including employer and supervisor awards programs, under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. More info: 800-336-4590 option 1, esgr.mil.

Resource workshop: A free Veteran’s Services Resource Workshop is offered 2-3 p.m. first Mondays at Everett Community Justice Center, 8625 Evergreen Way, Suite 108. Housing assistance, employment resources, resume help, health care answers, skills lab, PTSD counseling and more. Bus vouchers available. More info: 425-356-2800.

Job help: Homeless, unemployed veterans can get help through Workforce Snohomish. Employment assistance, support services, help with VA benefits and housing. More info: Gordon Meade, 425-921-3478 or gordon.meade@workforcesnohomish.org.

VETERANS GROUPS

Coast Guard Auxiliary: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Port of Everett Conference Center, 404 14th St. More info: Melin Ford, 360-794-1723 or melinford25@gmail.com.

Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Fleet Reserve Association Unit and Branch 18: Lunch noon, meeting 1 p.m. second Saturdays, 23003 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. More info: 425-771-2774.

Fleet Reserve Association Branch 170: 5 p.m. second Wednesdays, 6802 Beverly Blvd., Everett. More info: 425-353-2600.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 12: 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Lynnwood Elks Club, 6620 196th St. SW. More info: 360-333-3163.

Snohomish County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 13: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays, dinner at 6, at the Lynnwood Eagles, 19223 Highway 99. More info: 425-299-3373, davsnohomish13@gmail.com.

Submariners: The U.S. Submarine Veterans Seattle chapter meets 6 p.m. third Wednesdays at VFW Lake Washington Post 4330 in Redmond. More info: www.ussvi.org/base/Seattle.asp.

Veterans: An unaffiliated group of veterans of wars in foreign lands meets at 1 p.m. second Wednesdays, Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave., Everett. More info: 425-257-8780.

AMERICAN LEGION

Arlington: Legion Post 76 and Auxiliary meetings, 7 p.m. second Tuesdays. SAL meetings 6 p.m. first Thursdays. All meetings are downstairs at 115 N. Olympic Ave. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month for $6 a plate. More info: 360-435-2492.

Bothell: Legion Post 127 meets 7 p.m. second Wednesdays, 21920 Highway 9. Service officer available to help with veterans issues. More info: Cmdr. Burt Marsh, 206-999-3254.

Edmonds: Frank Freese Legion Post 66 meets 6 p.m. third Mondays, Post Hall, 117 S. Sixth St. Light meal served at 5:15 p.m. More info: Les, 206-546-6831.

Everett: Sen. Henry M. Jackson Legion Post 6 meets 6 p.m. second Thursdays, Fleet Reserve Association Club, 6802 Beverly Blvd. More info: Marvin, 425-923-8172.

Lake Stevens: Memorial Legion Post 181 meets 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Lake Stevens Community Center, 1812 124th Ave. NE. More info: Tony at 360-631-3242, or Vern at 425-343-9637; info@post181.org; www.facebook.com/lakestevens.legion.

Lynnwood: Legion Post 37 meets 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Lynnwood Elks Club, 6620 196th St. SW. More info: 425-585-0279.

Marysville: Legion Post 178 meets 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Post Hall, 119 Cedar Ave. Social hour at 6 p.m. Service officer hours by appointment only (360-659-5808). More info: 360-653-0155, legionpost178wa@gmail.com, americanlegion178wa.cfsites.org.

Monroe: Arthur Kincaid Legion Post 58 meets 7 p.m. third Tuesdays, Brookdale Senior Living, 15465 179th Ave. More info: Russell Dean at 425-359-7071.

Mountlake Terrace: S. Al Wilcox Legion Post 234 meets 7 p.m. second Mondays, with 6 p.m. social hour, Legion Hall, 22909 56th Ave. W. More info: americanlegionpost234.org, americanlegionpost234@gmail.com, 425-776-5490.

Snohomish: Earl Winehart Legion Post 96 meets 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Legion Hall, 1201 First St. More info: 360-568-5340.

Stanwood: Frank H. Hancock Legion Post 92 and Auxiliary meet 7 p.m. second Mondays, 26921 88th Ave. NW, Stanwood. Prime rib dinner, 4:30 p.m. third Saturdays, except July and August. Service office open 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. More info: 360-629-8021.

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

New members: The Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and auxiliaries of Snohomish County seek new members. VFW needs your last separation certification or other proof of eligibility. Auxiliary members are relatives, both female and male, of eligible veterans. For more information, call 425-337-1559.

Arlington: Boyer-Daniel VFW Post 1561 meets 7 p.m. first Tuesdays. More info: 425-232-8453, 360-435-6677 or vfw1561.org.

Edmonds: VFW Post 8870 meets 6 p.m. second Tuesdays, with a light supper at 5:15 p.m., Edmonds American Legion Hall, 117 Sixth Ave. S. More info: 425-245-8545, dennisvfw8870@gmail.com, www.vfw8870.org. Auxiliary: Noon second Fridays at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave.

Everett: Old Guard VFW Post 2100 meets 6:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, 2711 Oakes Ave. More info: Don Wischmann, 425-760-9031, www.vfwpost2100.org. Auxiliary: 6:30 p.m. second Mondays. More info: 425-337-1559.

Gold Bar: Martin-Osterholtz VFW Post 9417 meets 6 p.m. first Thursdays, 301 Third St. More info: Doug White, 425-870-7298. Auxiliary: 3 p.m. first Thursdays. More info: Arden King, 360-793-2786.

Lynnwood: Walter A. Deebach VFW Post 1040 and Auxiliary meet 7 p.m. first Thursdays, Alderwood Boys and Girls Club, 19619 24th Ave. W. More info: Frank, 425-697-4102 (Post); Myra Rintamaki, 206-235-0348 (Auxiliary).

Monroe: VFW Post 7511 meets 7 p.m. second Thursdays, IOOF Hall, 610 Lewis St. More info: Ken, 425-315-3509.

Oak Harbor: Whitehead-Muzzall VFW Post 7392 and Auxiliary meet 7 p.m. first Mondays, VFW Riders at 6:30 p.m. second Fridays, 3037 N Goldie Road. More info: 360-675-4048, vfwpost7392.org.

Snohomish: Gay Jones VFW Post 921 and Auxiliary meet 1 p.m. second Saturdays, Boys &Girls Club, 402 Second St. More info: 425-397-7111.

Sultan: VFW Post 2554 and Auxiliary meet 7 p.m. second Thursdays, Volunteers of America Community Center, 605 First St. More info: 425-870-0235.

To submit news for this column, contact reporter Melissa Slager: mslager@heraldnet.com.

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