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The San Diego Chapter of the Knights of Columbus gathered on July 17, 2014 to greet and provide meals, water, and fruit to several hundred Homeless Veterans standing in line waiting to enter Stand Down 2014 held on July 18-20 at San Diego High School. The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless Veterans, reaching more than 200,000 Veterans and their family members between 1994-2000.

Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to Homeless Veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to Homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies such as the Knights of Columbus who serve the homeless.
Our local Chapter of the Knights of Columbus provided water, meals, and financial donations to the Veteran's Village of San Diego which sponsors this annual event. In addition, two of our councils sponsored two tents which housed 15-20 Homeless Veterans each. Stand Down offers Homeless Veterans and their families a reprieve from the mean streets. For three days our Veterans are fed, clothed, and provided with medical and dental care. The San Diego Humane Society also provides food and medicine for the pets of the many Homeless Veterans. This year there were over 2000 Volunteers to assist 894 Homeless Veterans and their families.
The Veteran's Village of San Diego would like to extend its gratitude and appreciation to the Knights of Columbus for their contributions and compassion for the Homeless Veterans of San Diego. On any given night in America there are over 200,000 Homeless Veterans sleeping on the streets of our country.
Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

Carlos Cuellar PGK, PFN
Veteran's Affairs
Sand Diego Chapter
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3rd Degree Santa Sophia Catholic Church

Santa Sophia Parish
9800 San Juan Street - Spring Valley
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Date(s) - 09/27/2014
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WhenSat, September 27, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
WhereSanta Sophia Catholic Church, 9800 San Juan St, Spring Valley, CA, United States (map)
DescriptionThird Degree Exemplification Saturday, September 27, 2014 Hosted by San Diego Mother Council 1349 at Santa Sophia Catholic Church 9800 San Juan St, Spring Valley CA 91977
• Check-in begins at 12 noon and closes at 1:00 PM
• Degree ceremony starts promptly at 1:30 PM
Dinner will be served at approximately 4:15 PM
Ron Sheehan PGK – For pre-registration or questions.
Phone – 619-990-3527 E-mail – ronsheehan@me.com
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Fr Capodanno Vietnam Chapel Update September 2014
It's with joy that I report the 2nd annual Memorial Mass for "Servant of God", Fr Vincent Capodanno, USNR, MM, was held in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Da Nang, Vietnam on 14 June 2014. Bishop Joseph Tri was celebrant, with 14 concelebrates, before a resounding youth choir and a church full of dedicated parishioners to the Capodanno Cause. It is notable there was no government interference this year, as opposed to 2013 inaugural Mass.

Father Capodanno, a United States Navy Lieutenant Chaplain, was killed in action 4 September 1967 during the Vietnam War "Operation Swift" while anointing and aiding the 3/5 U.S. Marines [500] under ambush by the North Vietnamese army [2000] outside Que Chau village. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions 47 years ago. [Read citation below]

It is with gratitude that I report that our funding drive for the replacement Que Chau village church destroyed in our war, to be called Fr Capodanno Chapel has 'in hand' $36,000 of our planned $45,000 goal. It is significant that the building permits are in process for government approval, a government now striving for diplomatic relations with the Vatican, broken off in 1975.

To support this chapel, donate to our IRS approved 501 [c] 3 organization with your check mailed to "Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia" 100 North 20th St, Suite 301, Phila PA 19103, marked for "Fr Capodanno Vietnam Chapel Fund". You will receive a written reply for your IRS tax record. For individual naming items $300 [brick] to $2,000 [pew] and/or to donate on line go here:
www.capodannovietnamchapel.org

Most sincerely with faith and reason,
Ted Bronson, Captain US Navy [Ret] Arlington VA

LT Capodanno bio:
www.mcu.usmc.mil/historydivision/Pages/Who's%20Who/A-C/Capodanno_VR.aspx

A Grunt Marine Story:
www.crisismagazine.com/2013/fr-vincent-capodanno-medal-of-honor-recipient

Father Vincent Capodanno Guild Launches New Website
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Medal of Honor Citation:
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Chaplain of the 3d Battalion, in connection with operations against enemy forces. In response to reports that the 2d Platoon of M Company was in danger of being overrun by a massed enemy assaulting force, Lt. Capodanno left the relative safety of the company command post and ran through an open area raked with fire, directly to the beleaguered platoon. Disregarding the intense enemy small-arms, automatic-weapons, and mortar fire, he moved about the battlefield administering last rites to the dying and giving medical aid to the wounded. When an exploding mortar round inflicted painful multiple wounds to his arms and legs, and severed a portion of his right hand, he steadfastly refused all medical aid. Instead, he directed the corpsmen to help their wounded comrades and, with calm vigor, continued to move about the battlefield as he provided encouragement by voice and example to the valiant Marines. Upon encountering a wounded corpsman in the direct line of fire of an enemy machine gunner positioned approximately 15 yards away, Lt. Capodanno rushed a daring attempt to aid and assist the mortally wounded corpsman. At that instant, only inches from his goal, he was struck down by a burst of machine gun fire. By his heroic conduct on the battlefield, and his inspiring example, Lt. Capodanno upheld the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom."
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