Benefit dinner planned for Vietnam Veterans group

By On October 08, 2018

Benefit dinner planned for Vietnam Veterans group

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Vietnam War veteran Roger Wilson, of Carter Lake, looks over the wall at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. during an Honor Flight event.

The Council Bluffs Branch of Operation Barnabas will sponsor a dinner Friday to honor and raise money to help Vietnam veterans.

The meal will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post No. 2, 716 S. Fourth St.

The local branch wanted to honor Vietnam veterans, because they “weren’t treated very well” when they returned from deployment, said Mary Sellers, who is active in the organization.

“So we hope folks will come out for this dinner in support of our Vietnam veterans and to thank them for their loyal service and sacrifice for our country,” she said.

The meal will consist of beef stroganoff, salad, vegetable, bread, beverages and pie a la mode for $8 per person. Operation Barnabas is donating the food, so all of the proceeds will go to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No.798, Sellers said.

Operation Barnabas was launched in 2007 by The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces, according to denominational materials. The program, with church congregations, accomplishes three key goals:

  • Care for Reserve chaplains and their families and congregations
  • Train and assist local congregations in the care, support and outreach to all military connected people in their congregations and their communities
  • Serve as a resource to other organizations that provide care to military connected people

The Council Bluffs Branch collects toiletries to be distributed at Pottawattamie County Veterans Affairs, distributes Bible study materials and raises money to assi st veterans and veterans’ organizations, Sellers said.

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At Christmastime, the group gives gift cards to veterans in need. The branch has held recognition ceremonies for veterans at Westfair.

The group held a benefit dinner for the American Legion in fall 2017 that raised about $1,300. This fall, the branch raised money to purchase iPods with New Testaments for chaplains to distribute to military personnel on active duty.

The local branch, with members from several churches, holds meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Faith Lutheran Church, 2100 S. 11th St.

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