Sanford Elks Lodge #1679 officers, Karen Riojas and Anthony Cochran presented the Wreath at the North Carolina Veterans Home – Fayetteville Memorial Day Celebration. Also attending from the Sanford lodge were Steve Johnson, PER and Lee Littiken, PSP.
The North Carolina State Veterans Homes are one of the North Carolina State Association’s State Major Projects. The Elks of NC have volunteered countless hours to ensure the needs of our senior veterans are provided for on a daily basis. In addition, we have given over half-a-million dollars in resources toward the Veterans homes in North Carolina. The Veterans homes had an immediate need for handicap accessible vans for transportation and we have provided each NC veteran home a van for that purpose. We have also put a television in every room at each of veteran homes in NC.
In 1917, the Protective and Benevolent Order of the Elks dedicated themselves to serving veterans by building the first veteran hospital in support of the war efforts of WWI. This support has continued both domestically and internationally with each US war and conflict. Their veteran outreach effort continues today in North Carolina as the NCSEA has adopted the NC Veterans Homes as one of their State Major Projects.
“Every year, throughout the year, the Elks are one of the greatest supporters of our Veterans,” said James Woodard, Vietnam Veteran and Supervisor of the NC State Veterans Home Program. “For more than 12 years, the Elks have graciously included provisions for each State Veterans Home in their annual budgets. In addition, they have spent numerous hours visiting our veteran residents – listening to the heroic stories of service and survival, laughing, and crying.”
The NC State Veterans Homes are located in Black Mountain, Salisbury, Fayetteville and Kinston. Some homes have received a 5-star rating by US News & World Report.