Veterans Notes for the week of Sept. 16

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Due to space considerations, the Veterans Notes sometimes contain only basic information regarding each post. For more information about scheduled activities, meals and more for a specific post, call or email that post at the contact listed.

+ The Nature Coast All Veterans Reunion for 2012 is looking for diversified vendors for Oct. 15 through Oct. 21 for the reunion, to be at the Holcim Corp. Red Level location on U.S. 19, just north of County Road 488. The event is to honor the Vietnam Traveling Wall, the Purple Heart Memorial, Korean War Memorial, the Moving Tribute and veterans from all conflicts from World War II on.
There will be no duplicate vendors. A 10-foot by 10-foot space is $175. A 15-foot by 15-foot space is $250. Larger lots are $1.25 per square foot. Power is $35 additional and those spaces are limited. All prices subject to a 6 percent sales tax. Vendor generators permitted with prior approval. Extension cords are not furnished. Applications must be received by Sept. 31. Call Richard Mass at 352-726-8877, or email at richardmass@tampabay.rr.com for approval.

+ Hunger and Homeless Coalition — Anyone who knows of a homeless veteran in need of food, haircut, voter ID, food stamps, medical assistance or more blankets is asked to call Ed Murphy at the Hunger and Homeless Coalition at 352-382-0876, or pass along this phone number to the veteran.

+ Open spots still remain for those couples and individuals interested in taking a trip to Hawaii with a group of veterans, their families and friends. The annual trek, coordinated and led by Don McLean, a U.S. Navy veteran, is scheduled this year for Feb. 21 through March 9. Participants will visit the islands of Oahu (Hale Koa Hotel), Kauai (Marriott), Hawaii (stay in the KMC inside the volcano) and Maui (Royal Lahina Resort). Reservations should be made as soon as possible. Call McLean at 352-637-5131, or email dmclean8@tampabay.rr.com.

+ Crystal River Woman’s Club’s Appreciation Luncheon for Military Women will take place at noon Monday, Nov. 12, at the Crystal River Woman’s Clubhouse, 320 N. Citrus Ave, Crystal River. Those who have never received an invitation in the past may call Leslie Martineau  at 352-746-2396 to be added to the mailing list.

+ Warrior Bridge, developed by nonprofit agency ServiceSource, is to meet the needs of wounded veterans. Call employment specialist Charles Lawrence at 352-
527-3722, ext. 102, of email charles.lawrence@servicesource.org. The local Service Source office is at 2071 N. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.

+ Purple Heart recipients are sought to be honored with centerpieces with their names on them at The Old Homosassa Veterans’ Memorial. Call Shona Cook at 352-422-8092. n Ex-military and retired military personnel are needed to assist the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to help the Coast Guard with non-military and non-law enforcement programs.Criminal background check and membership are required. Email Vince Maida at vsm440@aol.com, or call 917-597 6961.

+ HPH Hospice, as a partnering agency with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provides tailored care for veterans and their families. The program is provided in private homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and staff is trained to provide Hospice care specific to illnesses and conditions unique to each military era or war. It also provides caregiver education and a recognition program to honor veterans’ services and sacrifices. HPH Hospice care and programs do not affect veterans’ benefits. Call the Citrus Team Office at 352-527-4600.

+ Yoga teacher Ann Sandstrom is associated with the national service organization, Yoga For Vets. Free classes for combat veterans are offered by her at several locations and times. Call her at 352-382-7397.

+ West Central Florida Coasties, Coast Guard veterans living in West Central Florida, meet the third Saturday monthly at 1 p.m. for lunch and coffee at the Country Kitchen restaurant in Brooksville, 20133 Cortez Blvd. (State Road 50, east of U.S. 41). All Coastie veterans are welcome. For more information, call Charlie Jensen at 352-503-6019.

+ The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association of Florida will have its annual reunion at the Plantation on Crystal River Sept. 20 to 22. A helicopter will be on display in front of the inn and memorabilia will be displayed inside, open to the public. A sales area with helicopter-related items will be open starting at noon Thursday, Sept. 20. Call 352-527-6767.

+ Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association meets at Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. All are welcome. Call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328 for more information. The next meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 20. Members will be briefed on the AFA National Convention and upcoming events.

+ Citrus County Veterans Coalition provides food to veterans in need. Food donations and volunteers are always welcomed and needed. The CCVC is on the DAV property in Inverness at the corner of Paul and Independence, off U.S. 41 North. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Appointments are encouraged by calling 352-400-8952. CCVC general meetings are at 10 a.m. the fourth Thursday monthly at the DAV building in Inverness. All active duty and honorably discharged veterans, their spouses, widows and widowers, along with other veterans’ organizations and current coalition members are welcome. The CCVC is a nonprofit corporation; donations are tax deductible. Members can renew with Gary Williamson at 352-527-4537, or at the meeting. Visit www.ccvcfl.org.

+ AMVETS William Crow Post 447, Inglis, is on State Road 40 East. For more information about the post and its activities, call 352-447-1816; email Amvet447@comcast.net.

+ Blanton–Thompson American Legion Post 155 is at 6585 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River.  Doors open at 4 p.m. with dinner available; entertainment at 7 p.m. All are welcome at 5 p.m. dinners on Wednesdays and Fridays, offered by the Legion, Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Riders and 40/8 families. For more information about the post and its activities, call Cmdr. Michael Klyap Jr. at 352-302-6096, or email him at mklyap@gmail.com. Call the post at 352-795-6526.

+ American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at the post. Eligibility in the Auxiliary is open to mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters or grandmothers of members of the American Legion and of deceased veterans who served during war time (also stepchildren); stepchildren; and female veterans who served during wartime. Call Unit President Sandy White at 352-249-7663, or membership chairman Barbara Logan, 352-795-4233.
The auxiliary will serve a roast pork dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the post home. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Swiss steak is on the menu for dinner. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the dinners with their friends and families for a donation of $7 for each. All profits from the dinner will go to support the many programs of the American Legion Auxiliary.

+ H.F. Nesbitt VFW Post 10087, Beverly Hills, offers activities such as meals, bingo, golf, darts, karaoke, pool and more for members and guests. Review the monthly newsletter for activities and updates, and call the post at 352-746-0440. The VFW Post 10087 is off County Road 491, directly behind Cadence Bank. The VFW Mixed Golf League plays Thursdays alternating between Twisted Oaks Golf Club and Citrus Springs Country Club. Tee time is 8 a.m. New players, both men and women, are welcome. You do not have to be a member of the VFW to join. Lunch follows. Call Rich or Jayne Stasik at 352-464-3740.

+ Edward W. Penno VFW Post 4864, 10199 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, 352-465-4864. WiFi available at the post for free.
The Friday night dinner Sept. 21 will be baked pork chops from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8. Children younger than 6 eat for $4. All are welcome. There will also be a POW/MIA ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21.
The post is a nonsmoking facility; smoking is allowed on the porch. Information regarding any post events is available at the post or call 352-465-4864.

+ Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 70 meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly at the chapter hall, 1039 N. Paul Drive, Inverness, at the intersection of Independence Highway and U.S. 41. The chapter hall is on the corner of Independence Highway and Paul Drive. We thank veterans for their service and welcome any disabled veteran to join us from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. any Tuesday or Thursday at the chapter hall. This is also the time that we accept donated nonperishable foods for our continuing food drive.
Our main function is to assist disabled veterans and their families when we are able. Anyone who knows a disabled veteran or their family who requires assistance is asked to call Commander Richard Floyd 727-492-0290, Ken Stewart at 352-419-0207, or 352-344-3464.
Service Officer Joe McClister is available to assist any veteran or dependents with their disability claim by appointment. Call 352-344-3464 and leave a message.
Ambulatory veterans who wish to schedule an appointment for transportation to the VA medical center in Gainesville should call the veterans’ service office at 352-527-5915. Mobility challenged veterans who wish to schedule an appointment for transportation to the VA medical center in Gainesville may call the Citrus County Transit office for wheelchair transportation; call 352-527-7630.
For more information about chapter activities, veterans’ benefits or membership, Call Ken Stewart at 352-419-0207; leave a message, if desired, should the machine answer.

+ Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit No. 70 meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the DAV building at 1039 N. Paul Drive, Inverness. Phone Commander Linda Brice at 352-560-3867 or Adjutant Lynn Armitage at 352-341-5334.One of the DAVA’s projects is making lap robes and ditty, wheelchair and monitor bags for needy veterans in nursing homes. All who wish to help in our projects are welcome. We need to make the items certain sizes, so please call for information. We also collect toiletry items for the veterans. Good, clean material and yarn are needed.
For information about programs, or to donate items, call Brice at 352-560-3867 or Armitage at 352-341-5334.

+ Eugene Quinn VFW Post 4337 and Auxiliaries are at 906 Highway 44 East, Inverness.  Call the post at 352-
344-3495, or visit www.vfw4337.org for information about all weekly post activities.

+ The American Legion Wall-Rives Post 58 and Auxiliary, 10730 U.S. 41, Dunnellon. Post and auxiliary meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Dunnellon Young Marines meet 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The public is welcome at bingo at 6 p.m. Thursdays.
For information about activities and the post, call Carl Boos at 352-489-3544.

+ Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 7 meets the second Saturday monthly at the DAV building at 1039 N. Paul Drive in Inverness. This is an advocacy group for current and future veterans, as well as for POWs and MIAs. Florida Chapter 7 welcomes new members to help promote public awareness of the POW/MIA issue and help veterans in need of help. Full membership is open to all individuals 18 years or older who wish to dedicate time to the cause. Visit the website at www.rollingthunderfl7.com for more information about the group, as well as information about past and future events.
Rolling Thunder would be happy to provide a speaker for your next meeting or event. Call club President Ray Thompson at 813-230-9750 (cell), or by email him at ultraray1997@yahoo.com.

+ Marine Corps League Ladies Auxiliary Citrus Unit 498 meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly at the VFW in Beverly Hills. Call JV Joan Cecil at 352-726-0834 or President Elaine Spikes at 352-860-2400 for information. New members are welcome. Membership fee is $30 a year. First meeting of the year will be Sept. 18. Any female relative age 16 or older who is a wife, widow, mother, mother-in-law, stepmother, sister, daughter, stepdaughter, grandmother, granddaughter, aunt or daughter-in-law of an honorably discharged Marine and FMF Corpsman eligible to join the Marine Corps League, and female Marines (former, active and reserves) and associate members are eligible for MCLA membership.

+ Leroy Rooks Jr. VFW Post 4252 and Ladies Auxiliary 3190 N. Carl G. Rose Highway, State Road 200, Hernando; 352-726-3339. Send emails to vfw4252@tampabay.rr.com. Call or visit the post for regular and special events, as well as meetings. Google us at VFW 4252, Hernando.
The public is welcome at the Sunday buffet breakfasts from 10 a.m. to noon; cost is $6. The public is welcome at the Oct. 21 flea market beginning at 7 a.m. Outside space is $5 (bring a table) and inside space is $10. Call the post at 726-3339 to reserve space. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Aid & Research Foundation.

+ Dumas-Hartson VFW Post 8189 is on West Veterans Drive, west of U.S. 19 between Crystal River and Homosassa. Call 352-795-5012 for information. VFW membership is open to men and women veterans who have participated in an overseas campaign, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Korean Campaign medal remains open, as well. Call the post at the phone number above for information.

+ Joe Nic Barco Memorial VFW Post 7122, 8191 S. Florida Ave., Floral City. For information about the post and its activities, call 352-637-0100.

+ American Legion, Beverly Hills Memorial Post 237, 4077 N. Lecanto Highway, in the Beverly Plaza, invites all eligible veterans to join or transfer to our Post 237 family. There are many activities (call the post for information), and monthly dinners sell out fast and are a big hit. Legionnaires, Sons of the American Legion (SAL), or American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) are active helping veterans and the community. Stop by the post or visit the website at www.Post237.org to view the calendar of upcoming events. Call the post at 352-746-5018.

+ The Korean War Veterans Association, Citrus Chapter 192 meets at the VFW Post 10087, Beverly Hills, at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly. Any veteran who has seen honorable service in any of the Armed Forces of the U.S. is eligible for membership if said service was within Korea, including territorial waters and airspace, at any time from Sept. 3, 1945, to the present or if said service was outside of Korea from June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955. Call Hank Butler at 352-563-2496, Neville Anderson at 352-344-2529 or Bob Hermanson at 352-489-0728.

+ Allen-Rawls American Legion Post 77 and Auxiliary Unit 77 meet the first Thursday monthly at the Inverness Highlands Civic Center at 4375 Little Al Point Road, Inverness. Call Post Cmdr. Norman Brumett at 352-860-2981 or Auxiliary president Marie Cain at 352-637-5915 for information about the post and auxiliary.
All are welcome at the post’s spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Highlands Civic Center. The menu consists of spaghetti with choice of homemade marinara, meat or alfredo sauce, meatballs, Italian sausage, salad bar, garlic bread, desserts, coffee, lemonade, iced tea and soda. Cost is $7. Entertainment will be provided by Bernie.
The post will do a bus tour to Miami and Key West Feb. 18 - 24, 2013. Profits from the trip will be used to purchase a brick for the Fisher House Walk of Courage, and for new equipment for the Color Guard of Post 77. The Fisher House will be a home for the families of hospitalized veterans at the Malcom Randal Veterans Hospital in Gainesville; the Walk of Courage will be the paved walkway between the Fisher House and the hospital. For more information, call Alice at 352-860-2981.

+ U.S. Submarine Veterans (USSVI)-Sturgeon Base meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday monthly at the American Legion Post 155, 6585 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River. Visitors and interested parties are always welcome. Call Base Cmdr. Billy Wein at 352-726-5926.

+ American Legion Post 166 meets 1:30 p.m., first Saturday monthly at the Dumas-Hartson VFW Post 8189 Ladies Auxiliary facility on Veterans Drive, Homosassa, on the west side of U.S. 19 at Dixon’s Auto Sales across from Harley-Davidson. We meet in the small building to the left of the main building. All former and current post members, as well as all interested veterans, are cordially invited to be a part of American Legion Post 166. For information about the post or the American Legion, call and leave a message for the post commander at 352-697-1749. Your call will be returned within 24 to 48 hours.

+ Seabee Veterans of America (SVA) Island X-23 welcomes all Seabees and Honeybees to its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. the third Tuesday monthly at Citrus Hills Country Club, Rose and Crown restaurant, Citrus Hills. Call John Lowe at 352-344-4702.

+ Citrus 40/8 Voiture 1219 and Cabane 1219 conducts its meetings at 7 p.m. the second Thursday monthly at the American Legion Post 155 on State Road 44 in Crystal River (6585 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway). For more information about the 40/8, call the Chef De Gare Tom Smith at 352-601-3612; for the Cabane, call La Presidente Carol Kaiserian at 352-746-1959; or visit us on the Web at www.Post155.org.
Voiture & Cabane 1219 will present a Chikin’ BBQ beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at American Legion Post 155. The public is welcome. For $7, the dinner includes half a chicken, beans and coleslaw. Hot dogs and sodas will be available for children at a nominal price. Fun for the day will include a washer tournament, horseshoe tournament, dart games, basketball shoot, bean bag toss, ring toss and more. Also available will be a free child identification program. Proceeds will benefit youth sports in Citrus County. For more information, call Larry Pink at 352-563-5451.

+ Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) meets at 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. All combat-wounded veterans, lineal descendants, next of kin, spouses and siblings of Purple Heart recipients are invited. The next meeting will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Citrus County Builders Association, 1196 S. Lecanto Highway (County Road 491), Lecanto. The location is approximately 1 mile south of State Road 44 on the west side of C.R. 491. This is a new start time for the bimonthly meeting.
To learn more about Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 MOPH, visit the chapter’s website at www.citruspurpleheart.org or call 352-382-3847.

+ Marine Corps League, Samuel R. Wall Detachment 1139 meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday monthly at DAV Post 70 in Inverness at the intersection of Independence Highway and U.S. 41 North. All Marines are welcome. Call Jerry Cecil at 352-726-0834 or Wayne Howard at 352-634-5254.

+ Marine Corps League Citrus Detachment 819 meets at 7 p.m. the last Thursday monthly at VFW Post 10087 on Vet Lane in Beverly Hills, behind Superior Bank. Social hour follows. All Marines and FMF Corpsmen are welcome. Call Morgan Patterson at 352-746-1135, Ted Archambault at 352-382-0462 or Bion St. Bernard at 352-697-2389.

+ Gilley-Long-Osteen VFW Post 8698 is at 520 State Road 40 E., Inglis, one mile east of U.S. 19. The Men’s Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday. LAVFW meets at 5 p.m. and the membership meeting is at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday at the post. Call the post at 352-447-3495 for information about the post and its activities.

+ Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 186 meets at 3 p.m. the third Thursday monthly at the DAV Building, Independence Highway and U.S. 41 North, Inverness. Call Bob Huscher, secretary, at 352-344-0727.

+ Herbert Surber American Legion Post 225 meets at 7 p.m. third Thursday at the post home, 6535 S. Withlapopka Drive, Floral City. All eligible veterans welcome. Call Commander Tom Gallagher at 860-1629 for information and directions.

+ Landing Ship Dock (LSD) sailors meet at Denny’s in Crystal River at 2 p.m. the fourth Thursday monthly. Call Jimmie at 352-621-0617.

+ Suncoast U.S. Navy Armed Guard and Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II meetings for 2012 will be at 11:30 a.m. at Kally K’s restaurant in Spring Hill on the following dates: Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.