Lancaster Elks Lodge 1625
240 East Ave. K.
Lancaster, California 93535

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Phone: (661) 948-1912
Lodge Office Hours:
Mon. - Fri. 8am - 4pm
Lodge Meeting: Tuesdays 7pm
Veteran's Corner
Chairman of the Veteran's Committee's Message
Hello to all Veterans of the Elk Family,

  During the month of February, several events occurred during World War II that are chronicled in American History. I chose three of those events to mention in this forum to remind us that freedom is not free and many of our veterans have given their last measure of devotion in defense of our great country. On February 9, 1943 – During World War II in the Pacific, U.S. troops captured Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands after six months of battle, with 9,000 Japanese and 2,000 Americans killed. On February 10, 1942, the first Medal of Honor during World War II was awarded to 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Nininger (posthumously) for heroism during the Battle of Bataan. Let us never forget the Death March of the prisoners of war from Manila to Bataan.On February 13, 1945, during World War II in Europe, British and American planes began massive bombing raids on Dresden, Germany. A four-day firestorm erupted that was visible for 200 miles and engulfed the historic old city, killing and estimated 135,000 German civilians. Time and time again, veterans have always answered their call to duty. The Oath we took to protect and defend, does not expire. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the battlefield or in a support role. We’re all veterans and we continue to do our part to keep America free. Please don’t forget the Veterans Stand Down that will be held on February 15, 2020, at Grace Chapel on 15th Street West. Please pass the word.
  There will be many representatives from the Veterans Administration, Veteran Service Officers, Social Workers and Community Healthcare Workers at the Veterans Stand Down to assist you with your claims for disability and to assist you in finding suitable living arrangements if you are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless If you’re suffering from PTSD or you’re contemplating suicide, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE call the Antelope Valley Veterans Center at 661-267-1026. They’re located at 38925 Trade Center Drive, Palmdale, CA 93551. Or you can contact the Veterans Administration Lancaster Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) at 661-729-8655. They’re located at 340 East Avenue I, Lancaster, CA 93535. Or, you can simply dial 911.         Also, please remember that Veterans take care of Veterans. If you need my assistance, please contact me on my cell at 907-441-7282. I would also like to organize a Veterans Support Group of all the Veterans in our Elks Lodge. Please contact me and give me your contact information. Also, please join me every Tuesday Morning at 7:00 AM at Crazy Otto’s on West Avenue I in Lancaster for free coffee for vets and breakfast at half price. We receive valuable information from community representatives, politicians, police, Veterans Service Officers and many other organizations that assist veterans. Come and join us if you can. The camaraderie is outstanding. Just sitting and talking with other veterans is uplifting. Upwards of 100 veterans attend the Coffee for Vets on Tuesday Mornings at 7:00 AM at Crazy Otto’s. Always remember that you have brothers and sisters in the bond of veteran brotherhood. Thank you for your service.

Esteemed Lecturing Knight, Walter Sapp
Chairman Veterans Committee
Lancaster Elks Lodge #1625

How Elks Help Veterans
  The programs for the aid of our government, especially in times of war, have earned our Order the highest commendation from the Government. The destiny of our Order is tied directly to the destiny of our country and, therefore, our support of our Government and the advancement of Patriotism are of the utmost importance to us. Ours was the first organization to propose Flag Day and to get it adopted nationally. Our Order has pledged that "So Long As There Are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective of Elks Will Never Forget Them." Our Order gave a hospital donated by members of the Elks that was given to our Government that became the first V.A. Hospital. We have carried out this pledge and spent thousands of dollars and hours aiding our veterans, hospitalized or otherwise. These are some of the worthwhile programs in which we are engaged, and we hope that after you are a Member, you will want to assist us in this work.