VFW serving up fall time favorite meal in hopes of helping veterans and active military members

Photo courtesy of Pear Tree Kitchen

GRAFTON—The Grafton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3081 Auxiliary will be hosting a special event that is aimed at helping military families in their time of need.

Join the ladies of the auxiliary as they serve up a delicious soup bean and corn bread dinner on October 23 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Make your way to the post home, located at 225 West Main Street, Grafton, to pick up dinner for you and your loved ones. The auxiliary will be offering up a fall time favorite meal of soup beans with ham, corn bread, coleslaw and dessert.

The food will be available for both dine in and carry out.

Individuals can purchase meals for just $8 each, and the money raised will be used to benefit programs for veterans, including two major programs that are the focus of the local post.

“This time around we will be focusing on programs that assist our current service members and their families,” said VFW Post 3081 Auxiliary President Brenda Thompson. “One of those programs is our Unmet Needs, which offers financial assistance.”

The VFW understands the challenges veterans, service members and military families can face and believe that experiencing financial difficulties should not be one of them. To ensure that their needs are met, the organization offers a program aimed at helping these brave men and women financially.

“Unmet Needs is there to help America’s military families who have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity or injury,” explained Thompson.

 According to vfw.org/assistance/financial-grants, the Unmet Needs program provides financial aid grants of up to $1,500 to assist with basic life needs in the form of a grant, not a loan, so no repayment is required. 

And to further assist the recipient, the VFW makes payments to the creditor directly.

To learn more about the program and who is applicable, please visit the aforementioned web address.

“We will also be focusing on a program called Military Assistance Program, or MAP for short. This initiative offers support to the military community in many different ways,” revealed Thompson.

Through MAPS, various facets are covered, including assisting families through a current deployment, or helping to celebrate service members with special send-off and welcome home events.

Since 2005, MAP has sponsored events supporting more than 2.3 million service members and their families. But the program doesn’t stop with special events.

According to the program’s website, vfw.org/community/troop-support, a large part of MAP is the Adopt-a-Unit program whose goal is to develop supportive relationships with units before, during and after deployments to help deliver the vast network of resources the VFW has available to the military.

If you are a service member or a Family Readiness Group leader interested in participating in this program, contact the MAP office by email at [email protected].

To learn more about this special veterans and military support program, please visit vfw.org/community/troop-support.

“We have some really great cooks that will be making this special meal, and all our proceeds will go toward veteran and military programs,” expressed Thompson. “So, you surely don’t want to miss out!”

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