BRANCHBURG — Rotary club of Branchburg teamed-up again to support veterans by donating $70.000 to seven different Veterans organizations.
It’s become our tradition, for the past several years, Rotary club of Branchburg have collaborated with various Veterans organizations in support of the nation’s veterans. It’s our way to say “thank you” to our vets for providing the freedom we enjoy.
With surviving veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, it continues, along with thousands more who served in the Middle East and in other conflicts, there are literally thousands of veterans in the United States, too many of whom have fallen on hard times since their return to civilian life.
Branchburg Rotary Donates$70,000 to Veterans organizations during their annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner and Service of Gratitude.
“There are many challenges facing our veterans when they return from active duty,” notes Joe Horner, Veterans Program chair.
“Examples are readjusting to civilian life and returning to the workforce. Sadly, many of the jobs they held before leaving to serve their country are no longer available, which makes the prospects of finding meaningful work more difficult than ever,” he points out.
“To help in this time of need, Rotary club of Branchburg, our community, and many other Veterans Service organizations wanted to make a positive difference in their lives as one small way to show our gratitude for the sacrifices these heroes have made on behalf of all Americans.”
For out-of-work veterans, food, shelter and clothing are often quite difficult to come by, particularly when it comes to seasonal items, such as winter coats and jackets. That was the motivation that launched the initial collection drive several years ago.
“Support for this worthy cause has grown each year,” says Joe. “Many people came together with timely donations to show how much we care about our veterans.”
The Rotary club of Branchburg was founded in 1988, has been doing many community service project. Rotary just celebrated its 30th anniversary. This year Rotary club of Branchburg raised more than $100,000 to help local veterans and the club distributed more than $71,000 dollars to seven different veterans organizations who helps veterans directly during their 17th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner and Service of Gratitude. The Veterans organizations are Operation ChillOut, Operation Sisterhood, Frontline Arts, Operation Jersey Care, Welcome Home Vets, NJ Veterans Network and Horses for Forces.
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