Rico Casaletto, the Veteran's Chairman for our council, submits the following reports on two council veteeran activities. The council funds and leads bingo at the Veteran's Medical Center (VAMC) in Manchester, runs a cookout or pizza part at the Tilton veteran's home, does Christmas gift giving at the veteran's home, and participates in veteran's events such as White Clover Drive, Breakfast, and memorials at the VA cemetery in Boscowan and Salem.
On May 31, 2018 a Bingo was hosted for the patients at the Veteran’s Medical Center (VAMC) in Manchester, NH. There were 13 patients that played Bingo. The following contributed their time: Terry Armstrong, Adjutant AMVETS Post 2; Gail Coleman Sgt.-at-Arms AL Aux. Unit 63; Mrs Terry Armstrong, wife of Terry Armstrong; Jessica Payeur, daughter of Terry Armstrong; Patricia Casaletto President AL Aux Unit 63; Dave Thompson, Sir Knight/Chaplain AMVETS Post 2; Walter Coleman 3rd degree Knight/Vice Commander AMVETS Post 2; Sir Knight Al Faucher; Enrico Casaletto Sir Knight/ Commander AMVETS Post 2. A total of 132 miles was driven, 30 hours and $100.00 was expended.
On June 2, 2018 a Pizza Party was held at the Tilton Veteran’s Home, in Tilton, NH. Instead of the cook out, we were asked if we would sponsor a Pizza Party. There were 75 patients, 10 staff members and 9 volunteers. This year there was a table with 8 patients (all female veterans) one served in the US Air Force and one served in the Army Air Corp. There were two World war II veterans, one was 92 years old and one was 100 years old. The veteran that was 100 years old was walking around without a walker or cane. We started with The Pledge of Allegiance, then Don Simmons played The National Anthem for us. Those that could stand did so, ALL Saluted. Many of the veterans thanked us and said they really appreciated all we did for them and asked us to come back again.
The volunteers were: Enrico Casaletto, Patricia Casaletto, Walter Coleman, Gail Coleman, Richard Collopy, Don Simmons, Dennis Groulx, Leo LeMay, USMC Ret.
I wish to thank all the volunteers that helped at these functions. Without you these functions would not be possible