August Visit to Pennyroyal Veteran’s Center

Today marked our chapter’s monthly visit to the Pennyroyal Veteran’s Center in Hopkinsville, a residential program for military veterans.  Compatriots Geoff Baggett and Steve Mallory made the visit, representing both the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter and Crossroads Fellowship Church.  While there they honored a very special veteran, O’Daniel Buckner, who served in the United States Air Force in the Vietnam War, with a Veteran’s Appreciation Certificate and medallion.

Steve Mallory Presents the Veteran's Appreciation Certificate and Medallion to O'Daniel Buckner

Steve Mallory Presents the Veteran’s Appreciation Certificate and Medallion to O’Daniel Buckner

The Crossroads/SAR duo also brought an award for Nathaniel Lewis of the United States Marine Corps, Vietnam, but he was absent due to a personal appointment.  The center director took his award to present later today.

Besides presenting awards, the visitors also brought several items for the men to use.  Many of the Compatriots in the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter attend Crossroads Fellowship Church (11 at last count), and they have led the church to start collecting items for the Veteran’s Center on a regular basis.  During the month of July the church collected toiletry items for the men.

Today Geoff Baggett, pastor of Crossroads and President of our chapter, went with Steve Mallory, a regular attender at Crossroads and chapter Vice-President, to deliver the items.  Gifts included:

  • 34 Toiletry “Welcome Kits” (containing 408 items total)
  • 17 cans of shave cream
  • 40 bars of soap
  • 3 toothbrushes
  • 10 personal deodorants
  • 6 bottles of shampoo
  • 162 disposable razors
  • One bag each of t-shirts and socks

The items totaled 656, earning the chapter that many points toward  the USS Stark Memorial Award for veteran’s support.

The biggest gift, however, came from an anonymous donor at the church.  Someone gave a cash gift of $1000 to the veteran’s center cause.  After conferring with the center administrator, Jeff Broadbent, it was decided that the best use of thee funds would be to create a special “Scholarship Fund” that will be used to meet various educational needs.  Residents often need help with college expenses, textbooks, or fees for vocational training.  This fund will be available at the discretion of the director, and will help prevent having to “dip” into other budget areas to cover these kinds of expenses.  The gift, while a generous donation from a Crossroads Fellowship member, earned the chapter 1,000 points in the Americanism contest among chapters nationwide.

Pennyroyal Veteran's Center Director Jeff Broadbent receives a $1000 check from Crossroads Fellowship Pastor and Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter President Geoff Baggett

Pennyroyal Veteran’s Center Director Jeff Broadbent receives a $1000 check from Crossroads Fellowship Pastor and Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter President Geoff Baggett.

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