Veterans Notes for the week of Sept. 30

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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.

+ Special Forces Association Retired Green Berets, Florida Chapter XXI, will have its quarterly meeting/ Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Best Western, Crystal River Resort. For more information, call Sharon Hoagland, widow of SGM Charles Hoagland, at 352-249-7616. All are welcome, come join in the comradery.

+ Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will meet Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Kracker Shack, U.S. 41 North, Inverness. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.; the meeting will convene at noon. Speaker is Susan Gill, Citrus County supervisor of elections. Plans for upcoming events, particularly preparations for Veterans’ Appreciation Week and Veterans in the Classroom, will be discussed. All MOAA members and prospective members (active duty, retired or former officers of the U.S. uniformed services and their spouses) are welcome. Call chapter Secretary Gary Runyon at 352-563-5727 for information.

+ Disabled American Veterans Gerald A. Shonk Chapter 70 of Inverness announces the design and availability of this year’s Citrus County Veterans Appreciation Commemorative Pin. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Honoring our Military Retirees,” the national symbol of the bald eagle will represent the men and women who made military service a career. The image is set in the outline of Citrus County. The pins are available for $3 each by calling the chapter at 352-344-3464, or John Seaman at 352-860-0123. They are also available at the Citrus County Veterans Service Office. All proceeds benefit Chapter 70’s scholarship fund and veterans’ assistance programs.

+ 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. 30. 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 number to the veteran.

+ 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 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.

+ 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.

+ 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. 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.
All are welcome to a rib dinner hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Music starts at 7 p.m. On the menu are St. Louis pork ribs, baked beans, parsley potatoes, pasta salad, coleslaw, desserts and more. Tickets are $8.

+ 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 chairwoman Barbara Logan, 352-795-4233.

+ 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 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.
Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans are wanted for membership. Call 352-465-4864.
Friday night dinners are open to the public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for $8; children younger than 6 eat for $4.

+ 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.
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-
Service Officer Joe McClister is available to assist any veteran or dependents with their disability claim by appointment. Call 352-344-3464.
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 State Road 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.
The public is welcome at the Oct. 20 Outdoor Flea Market and Pancake Breakfast. All-you-can-eat pancakes served from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. for $5.
For information about activities and the post, call Carl Boos at 352-489-3544, or email boosc29@gmail.com.

+ 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 email  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. 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.
The public is welcome at the Saturday, Nov. 3, Bonanza Bingo. Cost of $35 includes the bingo packet and luncheon.

+ 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.
The post invites the public to an Old Country Hayride Opry Show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. There will be music and dancing. Admission is free.

+ 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. Call Hank Butler at 352-563-2496, Neville Anderson at 352-344-2529 or Bob Hermanson at 352-489-0728.