Playing cards for vets
By Roger R. True, PGER Past Chairman, Grand Lodge Veterans' Service Committee

    Playing cards for veterans is a program that goes hand in hand with our "Adopt-A-Veteran" Program. This activity will give a hospitalized veteran something to do rather than just passively sitting and watching television. These cards can also be distributed with your comfort care kits. They also can be a part of any activity for our veterans or active-service men and women. Through the dedicated and hard work of Brother Tom Jamison of Beardstown, Ill. Lodge No. 1007, who has made arrangements with several riverboats and casinos, we are able to offer playing cards for our hospitalized veterans to use. Last year we distributed over 40,000 decks of playing cards to our veterans, valued at more than $80,000. With the help of Elks volunteers, their spouses, family and friends, each deck of cards is checked to make sure all cards are in good condition and the deck is complete. After the decks are checked, a "Playing Cards for Veterans" sticker with the logo of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission is placed on each deck of cards. These cards are free of charge! To get free playing cards for our veterans, send your request on Lodge letterhead to:

Tom Jamison, Chairman
Playing Cards for Veterans Program
12102 Chandlerville Road
Beardstown IL 62618-7679

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WARNING TO VETERANS Forwarded by Kevin Secor, VSO Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way. VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal. Our Legal Counsel has requested that we coordinate with DoD to inform military installations, particularly mobilization sites, of this group and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by VA to provide any services. In addition, GC requests that if you have any examples of VAS acts that violate chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, please pass any additional information to Mr.Daugherty at the address below.

Michael G. Daugherty
Staff Attorney
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel (022G2)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420