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,

  Hello Veterans Several of you have contacted me to inquire about the VA’s disability determination for those Veterans who have been exposed to Agent Orange. As you know, Agent Orange was a tactical herbicide used by the U.S. military from 1962 to 1975, named for the orange band around the storage barrel. The military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange and other tactical herbicides on trees and vegetation during the Vietnam War. Veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange include Veterans who were in Vietnam, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, on Thai Air Force bases, and who flew on or worked on C-123 Aircraft. Several decades later, the health effects from these chemicals, including dioxin, a byproduct of Agent Orange production, continue. VA offers eligible Veterans a free Agent Orange Register health exam for possible long-term health problems related to exposure. VA also offers health care, disability compensation, and other benefits to eligible Veterans for certain disease conditions, as well as benefits for children of Vietnam Veterans who have spina bifida. Dependents and survivors may also be eligible for other benefits. Contact (https://www.publichealth.va.gov) for more information concerning benefits for dependents and survivors. VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits for these diseases. AL Amyloidosis; Chronic B-cell Leukemias; Chloracne; Diabetes Mellitus Type 2; Hodgkin’s Disease; Ischemic Heart Disease; Multiple Myeloma; Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma; Parkinson’s Disease; Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset; Porphyria Cutanea Tarda; Prostate Cancer; Respiratory Cancers; Soft Tissue Sarcomas. Contact (https://www.publichealth.va.gov) for more information.         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

Helpful Links for Veterans
  LIVE HEALTHY There are steps Veterans can take to help prevent heart disease, cancer, and other common diseases of aging. Get the recommended health screenings, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and don’t smoke. Learn more about healthy living (http://www.prevention.va.gov) Numbers to use for additional information: Health Care: 877-222-8387 Benefits: 800-827-1000 TDD (Hearing Impaired): 800-829-4833 VETERANS CRISIS LINE: (https://www.veteransline.net/ ) 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) Remember that Veterans take care of Veterans. Contact me if I can be of assistance. Walter Sapp Esteemed Lecturing Knight Chairman Veterans Committee

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.