The Northcoast Miata Club hosted a soup drive for Veterans’ Outreach Freedom Food Pantry in September.  They called it “Souptember”, clever, isn’t it?

Todd and Dee Tannehill took the lead on this project and really put their hearts into it.  They collected 150 cans of soup.  They decided they wanted to do more, so they contacted Cascade Auto Group from Cuyahoga Falls.  Cascade Auto Group made a donation that allowed Todd and Dee to purchase another 150 cans of soup!

This is the time of year when soup is really appreciated.  Many veterans live on fixed incomes and are struggling with food insecurity.  The Freedom Food Pantry Program is there when veterans need it and now it is well stocked with soup!

Thank you, Northcoast Miata Club members!


Right Place at the Right Time

Our Veterans’ Outreach branch office in Hartselle, AL received a wonderful donation from the Elk’s Club in Decatur, AL. They donated some wonderful hygiene items and non-perishables that we are so grateful for. This has not been an easy year, especially for veterans in need. Every donation counts and this donation came right at the right time.

Having community support from individuals and groups like this one is what keeps us going every single day. Without you, there is no tomorrow. Thank you Elk’s Club and everyone involved in pulling together this wonderful donation for our veterans in need.



For 8 years in a row, ABATE Region Zero, has held a Poker Run to benefit veterans.  It all started with a lovely volunteer named Ellen.  She reached out to ABATE and made friends which resulted in the first event.  Since then, their support has helped many veterans in crisis facing situations that have overwhelmed them.

Each year, it is a run that is fun!  Many of the riders have been participating since the first one.  They hold a 50/50 and a basket raffle, all organized by volunteers.

Thank you, ABATE members!


The Power of the American Soldier

Death, destruction, catastrophic hate, struggles, disparity, and all the things that make up the ingredients of war. It is never easy, and many get hurt, displaced, and even killed. Wars touch us all…some more than others. Wars and its effects started when Cain killed Able.

All wars begin with evil. Evil intent is the reason. As a world of human beings, we will never be able to live together without hostilities.  You and I were born out of war.  Without war, this great nation would not exist. Look at the Mid-East, for thousands of years there has been bloodshed for many reasons. It all comes down to evil.  Man’s unwillingness to relent or observe a fellowship.  America…the United States…is the closest that any Nation has come to peaceful co-existence.

I almost hesitate saying United States, for we are in an upheaval, a divisiveness, on so many levels.

We, as a Grateful Nation, should realize what we have and not only cherish our Nation but understand where we come from and live free and safe – because of our Soldiers. The 10% that protect and serve the other 90%.  No draft needed these days for our Soldiers defy fear and sign their name in blood to do battle with any enemy that threatens our way of life…our FREEDOMS!

Our nation needs to unite and look to the American Soldier as an example.  The Power of the American Veteran is immense and deserves our deepest respect and love.  We need to be there for them in their time of need.  If you are a veteran or have a veteran in your family, even a friend, you must know what I mean. My father and brother, I miss them so much, served at Pearl Harbor and Vietnam. My son is still serving as a Captain in the Army and was stationed in Afghanistan. All three came back with PTSD and many horrific health anomalies. They sacrificed like so many of their service brothers and sisters. They share a common denominator of faith and trust with each other that is unshakeable. Veterans are all about helping other veterans.

My great uncle was in the Army during WWI and when WWII broke out, he was 39 and rejoined the Army! That is what I am talking about!!!  What they had to go through, the experiences, shoulder to shoulder, in do or die scenarios, we citizens can’t imagine it.

Veterans’ Outreach is blessed to be able to be there to greet and help. Yes, the stories are many and those stories only make our resolve stronger to help as many veterans as possible.  We have many veterans involved with our mission.  The Power of the American Veteran is very apparent, all-over America and around the world.

Please realize what Veterans mean to our nation, and to you personally.  Thank them with a smile, a nod, pick up their tab at a restaurant.  Any way that you can show appreciation means more than you could know.  It helps with the things they deal with everyday lurking in the corners of their hearts and minds.

Check out this solo play titled, “The American Soldier”. It will give you a bitter taste of what many of our veterans go through. I dare you! It’s going to hurt but will make you proud!

Please visit our website and donate, become a member, volunteer, or ask how you can get involved to help with the mission.

God Bless America and our powerful Veterans!

Good Ol’ Fashioned Fun in Kentucky

Our Veterans’ Outreach branch office in Grayson, KY hosted a “Trunk or Treat” at their location on 10.28.22. However, it wasn’t just your normal trunk or treat. They had games and lots of wonderful hometown comradery.

It was a terrific event with a spin on old-fashioned fun. The event was such a success, they even ran out of candy! They quickly ran out to the store to ensure there weren’t any disappointed trunk-or-treaters.

This wasn’t just about candy or decorations, this was truly an event that brought the Grayson community even closer together. We are so thankful for such a wonderful team at our Grayson office. They always go above and beyond the call. Congratulations on a terrific event! Lots of happy kids and adults alike!