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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Valued Veterans Program (COMING SOON!)
Valued Veterans 1Supporting veterans is something that has always been near and dear to the Moose. So, it was no surprise that our newest Heart of the Community initiative, the “Valued Veterans” program, drew so much interest from Lodges and Chapters when the program was debuted at the 2016 International Moose Convention in St. Louis.

The International Heart of the Community Committee approached this project with passion, enthusiasm, and personal insights as several are veterans themselves. The goal was to deliver more recognition and support to our own members who are veterans and to provide other members with the necessary tools to make the best possible impact on all who have served.

The focus of the program is on the recognition and support of Moose veterans with an emphasis on their ongoing service to communities through the Moose. The program’s tag phrase captures this well: “Moose Members Serving Then…And NOW!” This simultaneously honors our veterans and also highlights the Fraternity’s commitment to community service.

When this ambitious program, still in its infancy, was unveiled in St. Louis, it was met with a variety of responses. Many voiced strong opinions about elements they wanted to see included in the program. Others expressed disappointment that the program was not already in effect. Several others advised us to “Take the necessary time” and to “Do it right instead of rushing.”

Admittedly, this program may not be all things to all veterans, but we will strive to serve our veterans to the best of our ability. Our members’ sentiments only confirm that they are passionate about this cause, and do want to see the program succeed – and therefore, we are confident that it will. Email suggestions and/or questions can be sent to Cherie Mondrella. Read the latest Program Status Update for information about when the Valued Veterans program will become available.

Program Components:

A self-identification process for veterans, accessible in the “My Membership Record” section of the Moose International website
Specially designed pins, certificates, and membership cards
A Valued Veterans section on the Moose International website featuring:
Links to local and national organizations
Therapeutic and recreational outlets to assist with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Veteran advocacy
Volunteer opportunities
Ideas for veteran-honoring activities & events
Member access for emailing ideas to Moose International
Nomination forms for the “Valued Veteran of the Year” award at each Lodge and its affiliated Chapter
The last Saturday of each month will be designated as “Valued Veterans Day” enabling Lodges and Chapters to honor veterans in any way they feel most appropriate
Two annual recognition nights
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