Linda Armstrong, President
Department of Illinois
A message from Incoming President Linda Armstrong
WOW!!! Time in the Line sure has flown by. What a wonderful opportunity youhave given me to serve as your 2020-2021 VFW Auxiliary Department of Illinois President. Thank you all so much for the confidence you have placed in me. I will do my best to serve you well.
When I was accepted as a member into this great organization, my sole purpose at that time was to make others aware of the importance to support and respect our Veterans and their needs as they sewed to ensure that we had the voice and freedoms that we so greatly enjoy today.
I became a member of the Auxiliary in 1998 at VFW Post 6408 under the eligibility of my stepfather Jack D. Collins who was a Korean war veteran. I was born in Aberdeen Maryland Army Hospital and have always been military minded. As a child growing up people told my mother that I bleed Red, White and Blue because I was always the first to sing, march and stand to say our revered pledge to the flag and I did it very loudly too. I like to think that she is looking down from heaven smiling proudly and saying, “That’s my girl”.
My theme this year is “Making Life Bearable for Our Veterans”.
I have chosen a camouflaged saluting teddy bear as my symbol. A bear can be strong and tough as well as representing security, faithfulness and serenity in times of confusion and conflict. A teddy bear can make you feel comfort and provide unconditional love. I want the members of this organization to spread the word that through our programs we can provide comfort and support to make life more bearable for our veterans. I want to spread the word that we are a powerful strong team and we can assist in helping veterans finding the answers to their nightmares of homelessness, medical needs, hunger and loneliness. As an organization we are willing and able to make their issues, their lives more bearable to exist.
Our Auxiliary members can work together as a team to make things happen that can change to make veterans lives better. My goal for this year is to get the word out that we are here for veterans and their families. To educate and promote the programs that can help veterans get the positive answers they are seeking. To be the ‘BEAR’ that provides the feeling of comfort, strength and love. We will welcome veterans with open hearts and arms with no feeling ofjudgement or rejection.
Welcome to a year of growing, educating, learning and working to provide the guidance which this Auxiliary’s very foundation was built on more than 100 years ago. With your help and devotion, I know this will be a year where we can “MAKE LIFE BEARABLE FOR OUR VETERANS”.
With Greatest Respect,
DEPARTMENT PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL PROJECT 2020-2021
WHEELS FOR VETERANS
For Veterans Home Facilities
During my visits to our Veteran’s home facilities l would ask “What is your greatest need”? The
administrators biggest and most consistent response was “reliable transportation”!
I discovered that all our facilities have antiquated buses/vans that are frequently breaking
down when transporting or Veterans to and from their required appointments. Leaving them
stranded (sometimes for hours and in inclement weather) missing their appointments and
waiting to be rescued and returned to their homes. The Veterans become anxious and afraid to
board them for fear the bus will not make it back safely.
This year I am asking you to assist me by donating funds or even hold a special fund raiser to
raise the necessary funds to purchase the special equipped Hoyle vans that our facilities need
to transport our veterans safely.
I pray that you are willing to assist me by going outside of our membership with letters of
introduction to community leaders and Automobile Dealerships in hopes that they will support
our efforts to meet this necessary need for our Veteran Facilities.
Please be generous in your support of this Special Project that will allow us in “MAKING LIFE
MORE BEARABLE FOR OUR VETERANS” by eliminating the fear of leaving their homes safely to
receive necessary scheduled appointments.
Donations toward the Department President’s Special Project “Wheels for Veterans Fund”:
checks should be made payable to the “Department of II VF WAuxiliary” Department
Treasurer, Linda Lorenz, 140 W. Ann Street, Somonauk, ll 60552. Please earmark your check:
Department President’s Special Project. Your donation will be acknowledged on the monthly
VFW Auxiliary Magazine