The Auxiliary's View... 

by Peter Davis

Very early in the morning, a young soldier approaches a marked grave. Upon reaching his destination, he bends over and places an American flag alongside the headstone. Then, standing erect, he salutes.

The action is repeated reverently and with honor long before the day’s first flight departs from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and before rush hour traffic disturbs the mood. No one watches but every grave is visited. Every veteran is honored.

May we never forget any of them, whether it be Veterans Day or any other day of the year.

Now is the time to contact Barbara Stocking for an application for a Renee Feldman scholarship. Because of the significance of these scholarships to our organization, we repeat and emphasize this information here although it is also provided in the Bulletin’s “Around BVA” section.

BVAA will again award $8,000 this year to spouses and children of blinded veterans.

Requests to Barbara can be made by writing to her at 3801 Coco Grove Avenue, Miami, FL 33133, or by calling her at 305-446-8008.

Many of our Auxiliary members have recipes that they might like to publish and share. BVAA is working on a new cookbook as a fundraiser. Please send recipes you wish to share to Barbara Stocking at the aforementioned address and telephone number.

Many of our BVAA members may have some time to donate to a cause to which they feel committed. Have you ever considered volunteering at your local VA Medical Center or outpatient facility? You may not realize it at the outset, but you are needed. Secondly, and even more importantly, you will feel good as you perform this wonderful service. For more information, contact Voluntary Services at your nearest medical center or clinic.

Because the BVA 63rd National Convention will be upon us sooner than we all realize, now is the time to start planning for the August 12-16, 2008 gathering and our traditional Silent Auction. Dust off that cute gift you received last holiday season and just found. Start collecting other items too, especially during this holiday season. Most welcome are articles that are homemade or otherwise unique. They can be brought to Phoenix or sent to Faye Duvall, 4053 West Gardenia Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85051. Make this year’s auction an outstanding fundraiser for our scholarship program!

BVAA sends condolences and pauses in remembrance of Lori Ordway, who recently passed away. Lori was an active and valued Auxiliary member in the South Texas Regional Group who, with other family members, made monumental contributions to both BVAA and BVA. We will all miss her very much.

On behalf of all of the BVAA national officers, we wish you a very happy holiday season. May you and your families find time to share with each other and with veterans out there who may enjoy your friendship, warmth, and good cheer.

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