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,

  “On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.” …… Dan Lipinski Veterans, there’s a bill that has been introduced in the California State Legislature. You should pay particular attention to this bill. The bill, titled SB 1071 would exempt military retirement pay from California State income tax. The bill has not passed yet, but it is receiving several endorsements from both Republican and Democratic State Senators. Republican California State Senator Brian Jones is behind the bill. He coauthored the bill along with Senators Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) and Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel). According to State Senator Jones, California is one of only seven states that fully taxes military retirement pay. Other states include Montana, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. Over the past month, I have met several combat veterans who refuse to contact the Veterans Administration to seek much needed assistance. They stated that they took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the wounds they incurred in battle, both physical and mental, were merely the result of them carrying out their obligation. Regardless of the pain and suffering they endure daily. I encouraged them to seek assistance. The veteran suicide rate is alarmingly high. You are not failing your obligation if you seek assistance. Some of us are still fighting the war. Fortunately, the VA, and many of the Vet Centers and Outreach Organizations are here to help. Please seek their assistance if you feel that your burdens are just too much to endure. Reach out. We’re here. 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.