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Local 102 Armed Forces Veterans Committee Beefsteak Dinner - (3/6/2008)

The Local 102 Armed Forces Veterans Committee is pleased to announce our First Annual Beefsteak Dinner. The beefsteak and 50/50 drawing will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at the American Legion Post 279 in Lincoln Park, NJ from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Tickets are $40.00 each and are for Union Members only. Proceeds will help raise money for our fellow brothers on Active Duty and their families. Please come out and support our union brothers at this great event.


Tickets are available at the Union hall, and also will be available at our next meeting. Checks can be written out to Local 102 Veterans Committee – only 200 are available. If you cannot attend the beefsteak, but would like to help, we are accepting monetary donations at the hall, and also starting a collection of items that are always needed for our soldiers. These include:


* Toothpaste

* Shampoo

* Soap

* Calling Cards

* Magazines

* Drink Mixes (Tang or iced tea mix)

* DVD’s


*Canned Goods (Chef Boyardee, soups, Spaghettios, etc.)

* Beef Jerky

* Pretzels

* Trail Mix

* Personal letters and photos of co-workers that may have worked with these individuals – letters mean the most from people they know!


This committee is also here to assist our veterans in other ways. If you have served in any conflict you are entitled to Veteran Benefits on federal and state levels, as well as benefits from the VA Hospital system. All bills from the VA Hospital can be submitted to our Union insurance, and up to 80% of the bill may be covered. It’s never too late to join up! If you need help registering, please do not hesitate to contact us.


If you would like to get involved with this committee, or have any good fundraising ideas, send an email to hbaram@ibewlocal102.org, or call 973-417-1738.


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Being a soldier is strictly a volunteer job; there is no draft, so it’s up to Americans to step forward and accept the challenge. I proudly served my country for 9 years and spent two and a half of those on active duty due to the September 11th attacks. I am proud to have served, and I know what it is like to be taken away from family and friends and sent to a place where people are trying to take your life. Everyone on this committee has served in Iraq and the Middle East, and we all felt pain from losing loved ones in this war, but at the end of the day we held our heads up knowing that we made a difference in someone’s life. Now we get the chance to give back to our union members who are serving our country. So I am asking our brothers and sisters help us help those who make sure we have a great place to live and work.


Jason Marion - Chairman

Randy Gawrylo

Joe Mendez

Anthony P. Delledone

Peter Read

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