The St. Joseph Valley Blue Star Mothers of Indiana recently hosted a special “Operation Help Our Vets” event at the Northern Indiana VA Mishawka Clinic.

Goodwill provided $50 Wal-Mart gift cards and $20 gas gift cards were given to 144 Veterans. The event was held simultaneously with the VA monthly food pantry.

Blue Star Mothers flag

“Keep our event at home and assist local Veterans.”

“It was an amazing experience to be part of this wonderful event. The hard work, donations and time spent preparing for this event was unbelievable,” said Natasha McClanahan, Center for Development and Civic Engagement (Voluntary Services) program manager. “We would like to thank the Blue Star Mothers and their volunteers for choosing our location.”

Donations of household goods

Over $20,000 in household appliances, cleaning supplies, bed linens, bath supplies, hygiene, food, cooking supplies, dishes, and everything in between was made available for Veterans.

The St. Joseph Valley Blue Star Mothers of Indiana, Chapter 6, is a local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers national organization. Once a year, the organization hosts an event at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Maryland to provide donations to ill, injured and wounded service members.

Kept it local this year

“This year we decided that, instead of taking to the road, we would keep our event at home and assist our local Veterans”, said Sandra Boldt, president of the St. Joseph Valley chapter.

The Blue Star Mothers of America are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserve, or children who are Veterans. “Our organization focuses on our mission every single day and will never, ever, forsake our troops, our Veterans or the families of our fallen heroes.”

By Alex Sharpe

Public affairs officer, Northern Indiana VA

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Published on Aug. 9, 2022

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  1. Carol Farabee August 19, 2022 at 8:18 am

    Why do we still have 300,000 homeless Veterans???? Who is providing housing for them???
    Millions of dollars are going every year and no one is checking to see how it is being spent.

    It is an embarrassment to everyone in the United States that has their freedom.

  2. Ron Marcotte August 18, 2022 at 9:55 am

    I know a veteran who,s wife has altimeters. He needs someone to help care of her may 15 hours a week so he can get a break. He cooks cleans and take care her driving her to Dr. Appointments. He givers her her medication.

  3. Joseph Lombardo August 11, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    I paid my dues as a Navy Vet and denied false teeth because I’m not 100 disabled when all I want is regular false teeth ( no implants ) Why does the VA do this when they waste many dollars on items for other Vets that are not really needed ???

  4. Mario Abalos August 10, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    I wish that Texas had a program like this one. I am a 77 year old veteran rated at 100 % for Ptsd and for a while I felt like I was doing a bit better, but then I got covid and my finances went over board and now I can not make ends meet, I am losing my sight and so far I have not be able to make my copay and I am not seen but the VA here in San Antonio because of past treatment issues and I need help.

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