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On Saturday April 18, Brother Knights from the Church of St. Luke Council 10512 and their wives visited our local Veteran's Administration Hospital and hosted a BBQ luncheon for thirty patients. Our guests were sick and injured Veterans from different current and past conflicts. Most of the patients were from the Spinal Cord Injury Ward and from the Drug and Alcohol Addiction Ward.

The Knights started the afternoon playing Bingo with the use of a pro- fessional Bingo machine. The Council handed out $150 in prize money to the winners of the Bingo games. There were no losers, everyone was given coupons to use at the VA hospital PX to buy personal hygiene items and snacks.

After the Bingo Game, the veterans helped themselves to a delicious lunch comprised of BBQ brisket, savory BBQ Chicken and some tasty side dishes. The Jones Brothers Restaurant, put on a fine spread; some of our guests came back for thirds! We mingled with the veteran's and told war stories. It was enjoyable spending the afternoon talking with these veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country. Many of the veterans are far from home and do not receive many visitors. Some of these veterans will never leave the hospital due to serious injuries. Some of the more fortunate patients will be able to return home after their hospitalization.

One unfortunate statistic of the VA Hospital is that there are 1,307 regis- tered homeless veterans that have no home or family to return to in the San Diego area. Our Council is in negotiations with VA officials and Feeding America; regarding how to provide food for these homeless veterans. In addition, we would like to have other councils and assemblies join us in hosting luncheons at the VA hospital more frequently.

The veterans and the VA staff were very grateful for our hospitality. The staff and the veterans thanked us continually throughout the afternoon. It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon, "Veteran Knights Serving Veterans”. ֍

Fraternally in Christ,
Carlos Cuellar PGK, PFN
Veteran's Affairs/VAVS Representative
San Diego Diocese Chapter
Knights of Columbus

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