Temecula VFW Post Stands Behind Marine Unit
Adopt-a-Unit enables Post to deliver support
March 01, 2012
Valley VFW Post 4089 and its Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries adopted the Marine
Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 Vengeance last November through the
National Military Assistance Program’s (MAP) Adopt-a-Unit.
Through Adopt-a-Unit, VFW Posts and their Auxiliaries are
able to develop supportive relationships with military units and help deliver
the vast network of resources the VFW has available for those serving in the
military and their families.
kick-off the adoption, members of Post 4089 served a holiday breakfast to
600-800 active-duty Marines in HMLA-469, their families and friends. Our Heroes
Journey, a non-profit group created to support service members, provided gifts
for children, there was a visit by Santa Claus and an appearance by Hollywood
producer and director J.J. Abrams, who gave away Bad Robot Productions gift-boxes
to every family.
staff from Riverside County VFW District 23 were also present to explain to the
troops the many benefits the VFW has to offer.
provided financial assistance to cover the groceries that were used to provide
the breakfast for the Squadron’s event. Post 4089 also purchased 16, 20-lb. turkeys
to give away through a free raffle, so families could have a Christmas turkey
the Adopt-a-Unit Certificate presentation, the Commanding Officer of HMLA-469,
Lt. Col. Stephen Lightfoot expressed that the VFW is an organization that has
been and will always be there to champion veterans’ rights and benefits. VFW
Post 4089 Commander Donald Durnil responded by saying that the core values of
the VFW are to be there for all veterans: before, during and after deployment.
learn more about VFW’s Adopt-a-Unit or other National Military Services
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