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 - 3pm
Thursday & Friday 9am - 3pm
Closed Wednesdays
Lodge Meeting: Tuesdays 7pm
Veteran's Corner
Hello Fellow Elk Members and Veterans,
Hello fellow Elks, The Christmas Holiday Season is over. I trust you are safe and sound. I hope you remembered to say a prayer for those men and women in uniform who were away from home and unable to spend the Christmas Season with family and friends. I also hope you remembered to say a prayer for those Veterans who gave their last measure of devotion during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. NEVER FORGET. It is very difficult for me to realize that we’ve turned the calendar to another year. Before I go further, let us say a prayer for those Veterans and Elks who were with us at the beginning of last year but are not with us now. I also want to thank God for allowing me to see another year. Time is rushing past in a gallop. Time to regroup and make your New Year’s Resolutions. Let one of your resolutions be to make sure your personal affairs are in order. As a veteran, we must make sure that we’ve prepared all the legal documents necessary to take care of our families when we are no longer able to do it ourselves or that we’ve departed the living. Make sure you have a “Living Will” that will dictate what you desire to happen to you if you become hospitalized and/or incapacitated. The Veterans Administration can help you with this. Just go to www.va.gov. I want to remind you of one of the deadliest battles of the forgotten war. The Chinese Offensive in Korea, November-December 1950. Following the US landings at Inchon in Korea, the US and South Korean troops rapidly pushed the North Korean army up the Peninsula, nearing the Yalu River, known by Koreans as the Amrok River or Amnok River, is a river on the border between North Korea and China. The US and South Korean troops reached this point by October. After the Chinese received support for the operation from Stalin and the USSR, Chinese troops entered Korea in late October 1950. More than 200,000 Chinese troops attacked United Nations troops, with support from Soviet fighters providing air cover. Officially the Soviet Union stated that the planes were flown by Chinese and North Korean pilots, but later evidence unveiled the fact that Soviet fighter pilots and bombers participated in the invasion by the Chinese. The initial invasion stopped the advances of the United Nations forces, which were almost entirely made up with US and South Korean troops. The Chinese then launched an offensive of their own. When the United States Eighth Army launched what it called its home by Christmas offensive in late November, the Chinese counterattacked in a prepared multi-pronged assault, which sent the surprised Americans into a lengthy retreat down the Korean Peninsula. The retreat was the longest in the history of the United States Army. By the end of December American President Harry Truman declared a National State of Emergency. The Chinese second phase offensive, which included the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, which included six weeks of heavy fighting while retreating. The battle with the Chinese and the North Koreans led to over 4,500 American combat deaths as well as deaths from the bitter cold. By January, the United Nations troops were back in the Pusan Perimeter where they had been before the Inchon landings, and the gains of the invasion were lost. VETERANS TAKE CARE OF VETERANS
Walter Sapp Chairman Veterans Committee


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.