Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 7392 will host its second annual Family Freedom Festival in conjunction with the post picnic on Aug. 19.
The event is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the post at 3037 Goldie Road in Oak Harbor. The public is welcome.
This year’s music sponsor is Whidbey Island Chiropractic. Chuck Dingee and Sharon Mayson will perform classic songs with fun harmonic twists.
The family-friendly potluck event will feature free burgers and hot dogs. Those who attend should bring a side dish to share and a non-alcoholic beverage. Also, bring a few dollars cash for Snokone Joe.
Those who attend will learn about contests and educational scholarships the post offers. They can meet members of the newly formed youth group and speak with them about some of the volunteer work they’ve done in the community, such as carrying parade banners, Buddy Poppy distribution and and more. Parents can learn how their child can join this patriotic group.
People can also talk with hospital volunteers and hear why they love to volunteer and bring smiles to the faces of hospitalized veterans in the community. They will be able to visit with local representatives and register to vote.
In addition, there will be information about how people can take steps to change mental health in America. Learn the five signs of emotional suffering, obtain information about the Veterans Crisis Line and the VFW National Home for Children’s Military & Veteran Family Helpline.
Active duty military members and dependents are eligible to join the VFW or VFW Auxiliary today. Auxiliary starts at age 16. Attend the event or go to www.facebook.com/vfwpost7392 for more information.
The VFW Auxiliary is one of the nation’s oldest veterans’ service organizations. The members are the relatives of those who have served in overseas combat.
There are nearly 500,000 members representing all 50 states who volunteer millions of hours and give millions of dollars to support veterans, military service personnel and their families.
The Auxiliary is a voice for veterans on Capitol Hill and is instrumental in assisting the VFW in passing or blocking legislation that impacts veterans and their families. The group is a top 10 providers of volunteer hours in the VA medical system. Every year, members raise millions of dollars for charitable projects that benefit veterans and their families. The Auxiliaries also provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships for our nation’s youth. The nearly 4,000 Auxiliaries are working to improve the lives of America’s uncommon heroes.
Learn more at www.vfwauxiliary.org