Assistance for Veterans Affected by Recent Hurricanes

The following message is from WVSSAR President Bill Lester about helping Veterans who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes..

Compatriots:

Being a member of the VA Committee, I was present when disaster relief efforts were discussed at our meeting in Louisville 2 weeks ago. It was generally agreed that the Society should get involved helping the Veterans that were affected by the recent storms in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. This is the plan that was decided on as a result of that discussion.

Having witnessed first hand through my church affiliation the devastation and destruction these massive storms bring, I strongly recommend that you would prayerfully consider this directive sent down by VA Chairman Tony Vets and forwarded on by PG Larry Guzy. I am asking that all Chapter Presidents take this info to their members and act upon it ASAP. Many of our Veterans who faced the brunt of these storms are in dire need of assistance.

From the massive floods on the Mississippi in the early 90s at a place called Winfield, MO to Slidell and Pearl River, LA during the aftermath of Katrina, we have removed trees from homes, cleaned mud and filth out of homes and labored side by side with victims of these tragic events. We have taken their treasured belongings and memories of a lifetime to dumps for disposal. We have even sat down and wept with them on many occasions. It is a terrible thing to witness. Most recently, disaster struck home in 2016 when torrential rains poured on Central and Southern WV. There was a great loss of life and much property was damaged or destroyed. We will be many years fully recovering from this flood. This year flooding struck the Northern Panhandle as well causing much damage. With our share of natural disasters as these floods, mining accidents and explosions, West Virginians are not strangers to tragic events, We, as a people, can sympathize with our fellow Americans in Houston.

Compatriots, this if our opportunity to “give a glass of cold water” in Christ’s name to our deserving Vets who have done so much for us. Let’s give sacrificially; reaching in our pockets and not letting our left hand know what our right hand is giving. Remember Christ’s question and admonishment in Luke 10: 36 & 37. Thank you.

Fraternally:
WVSSAR President/VA Liaison
Bill Lester

The following message is from SAR President General Larry T. Guzy about helping Veterans who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes.

Compatriots, we often wonder how we can be of assistance in times of disasters. Our Chairman of the Veterans Committee, Tony Vets: Vice President Southern District, in conjunction with LtC Paul Callanan, has compiled a way to help. Please see the following and distribute to your chapters so all can have an opportunity to assist Veterans in these times of need.

From Compatriot Vets:

In the last month and a half, the gulf coast and the Caribbean have been devastated by three major storms.  Many of those affected are Veterans.  They came forward in our country’s time of need.  We, as Sons of the American Revolution, have an opportunity to step forward in their time of need.  Below are a few of the VA facilities that can use our assistance in the form of gift cards.  Be sure to state that the gift cards are intended for only those Veterans impacted by the Hurricane.  Note that these cards should be listed as Item 5 on the Stark form.

Patients at the following veterans’ facilities were impacted by Hurricane Harvey:

  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center – Houston, TX
  • Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) – Beaumont, Tomball, Conroe, Richmond, Lake Jackson, Texas City & Galveston, TX

These facilities affected by Hurricane Harvey are requesting gift cards in small denominations to stores like: Walmart, Target, HEB Grocery Company, Kroger and gas stations.

Please mail the gift cards to:

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
ATTN: Barbra Bell, VSO
2002 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX 77030

Patients at the following veterans’ facilities were impacted by Hurricane Irma:

  • Bay Pines VA Health Care System – Bay Pines, FL
  • James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital – Miami, FL
  • Miami VA Health Care System – Miami, FL

These facilities affected by Hurricane Irma are requesting gift cards in small denominations to stores like: Walmart, Target, CVS Pharmacy, Publix and gas stations.

Please mail the gift cards directly to the VA center of your choice as shown below:

Bay Pines VA Health Care System
ATTN: Mr. Nathan Witt, VSO
Building 2, Room 105
PO Box 5000 (135)
Bay Pines, FL 33744

James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
ATTN: Ms. Camilla Thompson, VSO
Main Hospital, 2nd Floor
13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612

Miami VA Health Care System
ATTN: Voluntary Service Office 546/135
1201 NW 16th Street
Miami, FL 33125

Veterans impacted by Hurricane Maria:

Hurricane Maria has devastated much of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, thereby critically impacting patients served by Veterans facilities in the Caribbean. Due to conditions on the ground, deploying personnel from VISN 8, who are based in Florida, will hand deliver small denomination Visa gift cards to affected veterans.  Please mark your package “URGENT” and state that the items are intended only for Veterans in Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas.

Please mail the gift cards to:
Mr. Victor Ramos
VISN 8 Emergency Manager
VISN 8 Corporate Office
140 Fountain Parkway, Suite 600
St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Note: you can view and download a PDF document that lists the various locations and contact persons you can mail your gift cards to from HERE