Note: According to this morning’s Philadelphia Inquirer, today is the federal observance of Veterans Day. Because the “official” Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year, the Federal Government offices are closed today. But I think most parades and other celebrations will be tomorrow, when many more people can attend than if they were held today. Feel free to celebrate the signing of the Armistice ending WWI today and tomorrow and to keep honoring our military personnel who served in all US wars, especially living vets. I abhor war, but I honor those who protect our country.
Mazon is an organization whose aim is to end hunger. The word is a Hebrew word and means “sustenance.” While it is a Jewish organization, it helps people from every denomination and race. Their website is www.mazon.com. (The computer may send you to Amazon by mistake, but also may say, did you mean Mazon? Click on that.)
In their recent mailing to me from Abby Liebman, CEO and President of Mazon, I learned that member of Mazon visited a VA hospital in Los Angeles and found it eye-opening. What they noticed besides the hardworking staff and volunteers was that there are “many barriers faced by food-insecure veterans.” Upon further investigation, the group learned that when a veteran seeks food assistance, he or she could be faced with:
- Inaccurate or old information, such as inactive departments that no longer address the issue of food assistance.
- So many handouts that key information could be missedor overlooked.
- Lack of training of social workers who are supposed to provide appropriate support for food-insecure vets.
(All this information is from Abby’s recent letter asking for donations for veterans needing food assistance.)
From their website, www.mazon.com I read this article:
FIRST MAZON Amicus Brief In Support of Veterans Facing Hunger
Filing Seeks Reversal of VA “Final Rule” Reducing and Limiting Veteran Access to Nutrition Benefits
For the link to this important project by Mazon, go to: mazon.org/amicus.
Finally, if you want to do something special for Veterans Day, which is tomorrow, consider a donation. Just go to the website and click on Ways to Give under their Masthead. What a great way to honor our veterans who fight and have fought to keep America free.