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

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Phone: (661) 948-1912
Lodge Office Hours:
Monday & Tuesday. 9am - 4pm
Thursday & Friday 9am - 4pm
Closed Wednesdays
Lodge Meeting: Tuesdays 7pm
Veteran's Corner
Chairman of the Veteran's Committee's Message
Hello to all Veterans of the Elk Family,

This following article was taken from the Grand Lodge December Newsletter. Emergency Assistance helps hundreds of veterans By NADEZH MULHOLLAND, Programs Assistant

    A father with a heart condition is anxious to move his family to a safe, smoke-free home. A man worries he will be evicted from his apartment while receiving inpatient mental health treatment. After learning that her abuser is scheduled to be released from prison, a mom moves her children out of state on short notice. If you’re wondering what these people have in common, the answer is simple. All three are veterans, and all three turned to the Elks in their time of need.
    The ENVSC’s Emergency Assistance Fund was created to help veterans prevent and exit homelessness. In 2015, in partnership with the VA, we pledge to help eradicate veteran homelessness. The Emergency Assistance Fund is one way we are making good on that promise. Last year, the Emergency Assistance Fund helped more than 400 veterans with essential housing expenses such as security deposited, rent, and utilities. For most of those veterans, Elk’s assistance was the only thing standing between them and homelessness.
    Many people, including veterans, are one emergency away from the threat of eviction: a job loss, illness, a death in the family. Working at the ENVSC, I have witnessed firsthand the pivotal role of timely financial support in shaping a veteran’s future. Even a seemingly small amount of money can help keep a veteran safely housed. Our Emergency Assistance Fund gives veterans the support they need and deserve to rebuild after homelessness or a financial emergency. The fund does something else, too: it shows veterans that they are not alone. “You have given me a renewed hope for humanity,” said a Miami veteran whom we assisted with rental arrears. “Sometimes it’s not easy to reach out for help. No one likes to be turned down. On behalf of all the veterans and service men and women you haven given so many reasons to look forward to the future, I am eternally grateful.” When a military member’s service to our country ends, we say they are “coming home.” But the truth is, far too many veterans have no place to call home. We dream of a future when that number is zero, but until then, we soldier on.

VETERANS TAKE CARE OF VETERANS.
VETERANS CRISIS HOT LINE: 1-800-273-8255
VETERAN CBOC LANCASTER: 661-729-8655
ANTELOPE VALLEY VET CENTER: 661-267-1026


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.