Welcome home Petty Officer 1st Class Randy Clawson!

Welcome home Petty Officer 1st Class Randy Clawson!

Randy returned from this weekend’s honor flight from Washington D.C. and was greeted by his wife and members of VFW Post 6785.

Randy enlisted in the U.S. Navy and retired after 21 years and is a Vietnam War veteran.

Randy deployed on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43), and the USS Midway (CVA 41) during his tour in Vietnam.

Randy is currently the VFW Post 6785 and District 11 Service Officer.

Memorial Service for Rita Eugenia Eliason

Rita Eugenia Eliason, nee Le Piane

Born March 12, 1939, Died January 8, 2023, May she Rest in Eternal Peace.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Philomena at 10:30 am on March 10, 2023, followed by a reception at the Des Moines Senior Activity Center.

A committal service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St, Kent at 2:15 pm the same day.

Please let Scott know at sreliason@msn.com if you will be able to attend.

Washington State Patriotic Day

Washington State Patriotic Day serves to celebrate patriotism and honor service members, veterans, first responders, and their families. There will be a Massing of the Colors, where 50 or more flag units from veterans’ organization; active duty and National Guard units; first responders, civic and youth groups and Junior ROTC units march into Pioneer Middle School Gym carrying their unit flag alongside the American Flag.

Pioneer Middle School, 1750 Bob’s Hollow Lane, Dupont, WA 98327

4 March 2023

2 – 4 PM (1400 – 1600)

Compass House Donation and Toys

VFW Post 6785 thanks the veterans elves who help deliver toys and presented a donation check to the Compass House!

The toys and donation will go to veterans and their families at the Renton Veterans Center providing permanent and transitional housing for Veterans, including singles, couples, and families.

With 59 units of permanent housing for Veteran individuals and families, the Renton Veterans Center (RVC) offers a variety of Veteran-specific services. Reading groups and art classes for children in our youth center engage young residents, and case management services help adults find the support they need. The program is open to homeless veterans or homeless Veterans with families, earning between zero to 60% Area Median Income.

The Compass House also helps military veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress, injury, and other unique challenges as they return from duty and reintegrate into society. They offer a variety of programs and housing that meet the specific needs of military veterans and their families so that the people who served our country are not forgotten.

If you are currently a homeless Veteran or at risk of losing housing, please call the VA’s Homeless Outreach Clinic at 425-203-7200.

Still Serving

What do all these veterans have in common?

They are all members of the VFW Post 6785 out Kent, Washington and still serving!

On Sunday VFW Post 6785 (6785) donated $2,500.00 to USO Northwest as a token of our appreciation of all they do to help active servicemembers and their families.

Many of our Post members volunteer at the USO and during Honor Flight. Some notable members from 6785 include Executive Director Cmdr Don Donald M. Leingang, USN (Ret), Seatac Center Manager LTC Matt Sult, USA (Ret), volunteer CMDCM Ken “Pepsi” Przepiora and many others.

About USO Northwest

“Since 1941, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side.”

“Today’s USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their very important mission. The USO is not part of the federal government. As a congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities, and is powered by a family of volunteers to accomplish our mission of connection.”

“The USO Northwest supports America’s military service members and their families throughout the states of Washington and Oregon. With the help of more than 400 volunteers,

USO Northwest serves over 800,000 military and their families annually.

USO Northwest provides support to those who need it the most including military deploying overseas and returning home, military families, wounded warriors and their families and families of the fallen.

USO Northwest Centers

Sea-Tac USO Airport Center – Sea-Tac International Airport

Portland USO Airport Center- Portland International Airport

Shali USO Center – McChord Field, JBLM

Camp Lewis USO Center – Fort Lewis, JBLM

Mobile USO Program – Washington and Oregon

To learn more about USO Northwest and how you can help them visit their website at: https://northwest.uso.org/