National Veterans Services

At the Pocatello Veterans Home - Sponsored by the Elks East District

Saturday, August 11th

Arrive at 4:30 pm Dinner at 5:30 pm

Blackfoot will provide steaks, Coors Light and Budweiser for the Residents. We will also furnish some side dishes, paper plates, etc.

We will be need hamburgers and hotdogs with buns, baked beans, salads, desserts, fruit, rolls and any BBQ items you can think of. We also need soda, water, and more beer. Please bring pop up tents if you have them and lawn chairs.

The residents always need t-shirts for men and women sizes medium to 3-XL and socks. Food for the kitchen # 10 cans of veggies, fruit, boxed spuds and/or baked potatoes. Shower items such as: electric razors, shampoo, conditioner, combs, shaving cream, etc.

We will be serving 75 residents and their guests plus the Elk volunteers. You will have a chance to meet some great men and women who love to have visitors, so come and support our goal to getting our district involved at the Pocatello Veterans Home.

As I receive information I will pass it along, but please feel free to contact me with any questions at any time. Cell 208-680-0600 or (W) 785-5674 or

Fraternally yours,

Lori J. Marvin,
Veterans Chairman, Blackfoot Lodge # 1416

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the morning of December 7, 1941. The next day the United States declared war on Japan resulting in their entry into World War II.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has always been at the forefront of supporting the nation's veterans. The order has a direct connection with Veterans' Day that is not commonly known.

Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, was originally known before World War II (and is still known in Europe) as Armistice Day. It commemorates the end of World War I, the "War to End All Wars."

When hostilities ceased in November of 1918, President Wilson gave the American Expeditionary Force Commander, General John "Black Jack" Pershing, full authority to set the date and time of the Armistice. Pershing was an active and enthusiastic Elk, and selected the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, the 11th month, as the effective time of the Armistice. This was Pershing's salute to the memory of those soldiers "Elks and non-Elks alike" who perished during the long and brutal conflict.

The hour of 11 p.m. continues to have a special significance to the Elks, as it is the time when, at any evening Elks event, all activity ceases and all members and guests rise while the chimes ring 11 times and the "Eleven O’Clock Toast" is given in recollection of deceased members.

In 1917, the BPOE organized and equipped the first two base hospitals in France, which were the predecessors of MASH units. In 1918, the order built a 700-bed hospital and donated it to the Federal Government, the first of what would become Veterans' Administration hospitals. The Elks built a spectacular memorial to America’s veterans in Chicago in 1926, and more recently donated $1.22 million to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks dedicates the month of November as National Veterans Remembrance Month and pledges: “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them”.

In over 250 VA Medical Centers, Outpatient Clinics, State Veteran’s Homes and USOs, there is an Elks committee at work. Thousands of Elks and their spouses give generously of their time, energy and resources so that the lives of our ill and aging veterans will be enhanced. Thousands of hours and like number of dollars are devoted to wholesome programs which are designed to help those in need, as we continue “Serving Our Nations Veterans”.

The Elks have set up ways that the local Lodge members can help our veterans in hospitals, care facilities or those living at home, such as:

Adopt-a-Veteran: This is a simple and effective program in which every Lodge can participate. It is an activity that spells out the measure of Elkdom’s patriotism and provides comfort, good cheer and understanding to the nation’s veterans who have fallen ill or institutionalized.
Veterans comfort care kits: Here is something else that our members across this great country do for our veterans. We provide amenities and necessities for veterans in hospitals, care homes, those we have adopted and the all too many homeless veterans.

In 2003 the Elks announced a program of mobilizing an Army of Hope to assist the families of Military Reservists and the National Guard who have been called to active duty during this time of crisis. This program has many facets and literally any activity that supports our troops and their families fall under this vital program.

Playing Cards for Veterans is another program that goes hand in hand with our Adopt-A-Veteran program. This activity gives a hospitalized veteran something else to do rather than just passively sitting and watching television. They can be distributed as part of any activity for our veterans. These are just a few of the many programs that Elks have available to assist our Veterans and Families.
If you would like to participate in these programs, contact your local Elks Lodge for information.

For additional information contact: Robert M. Hennings, National Veterans Service Commission Director at (773) 755-4736, vets[at]elks[dot]org, or 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, Il 606