The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks




National Veterans
Service Report

Chairperson: Mauro Fanelli, PER



As of this writing, we are about to ship out the Christmas, holiday, Thank you and get-well cards to our troops serving in Afghanistan and those rehabilitating in Walter Reed National Medical Center at Bethesda and also at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. We know that they will be received with the same gratitude as they have been for the past 10 years. If you could only see the artwork that our elementary students put in to their creations and the caring thoughts written by students in our middle schools in the cards that they make for the troops. It always adds a more "special" meaning to me during the Christmas season as I read and pack their messages to post to the troop APO and hospitals addresses.

I would like to take this time to update everyone on our severely wounded warrior Tim S. His financial condition has eased, but still not out of the woods. He has had a setback physically with episodes of seizures. He has had many tests done and his problems seem to stem from his TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). If this turns out to be the cause, there are medications to control the seizures, but they will have to take away his driver's license. This would be a depressing situation to anyone with PTSD when facing the proposition of being confined and losing the ability to travel and move around whenever you want.
NOW for better holiday news, Tim purchased a vehicle for his 17 year old step son that someone decided to put sugar in the gas tank (along with 4 other cars on the street). He went to the dealership where he purchased it to see how much it would cost to fix it. The owner of the dealership decided that because of Tim's strong conviction to his family and service to his Country that he was going to replace the original vehicle with one that was a much higher value at no additional charge and would scrap the sugar tainted vehicle. Now, THAT'S the CHRISTMAS SPIRIT.

Finally, Tim has been so impressed by the kindness of the Elks organization and our Lodge with all the charitable work that we do that I have proposed him for membership. I feel he will be a proud addition to our Lodge.

Stop by the Lodge and see our Freedom Tree on display in the foyer. For a small donation of $5 you can add the name of our Fallen Heroes (Gold Star with serviceperson's name) and/or Severely Wounded Warrior (Blue Star with Purple Heart and their name) from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Our goal is to have every star and serviceperson represented.

Thank you for all the charitable success that we have had this year. A very special THANK YOU to members PDD Lee Trautman, PVP Greg Bodnar, PER George Upton, the late Doug Rogers and PER Mauro Fanelli for all their assistance in raising money through functions within the lodge for this committee.
Another very special THANK YOU to Lisa Sias, manager at Friday's and PER Brad Stockelberg's fiancé, who donated money to the committee from the proceeds of a regional Bartender's Challenge held at the Friday's in Flemington. All the charitable work that this committee does is reflected by all those that have made this lodge's Army of Hope committee successful. Without everyone's assistance this committee could never offer the needed support of our troops and their families.

God Bless our Troops, Veterans and their Families

Bruce R. Totten - PDD
American and Army of Hope Chairman



As you read this article I should be receiving the Americanism Essay Contest submissions from our local middles schools. I am very interested in reading what our 5-8 grade students write on this year's topic, "What does Veteran's Day mean to me". I plan on relaying some of those thoughts to you in my February Americanism article. I hope everyone had an exceptional Merry Christmas and may your New Year be filled with good health, financial success and charitable works that will assist the less fortunate, our veterans and/or our special needs children and make your 2014 more fulfilling for all.

God Bless America

Bruce R. Totten - PDD
Americanism Chairman

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