Weekly Brief 20190211

As a reminder, the first issue of the Vets Gazette was released at the beginning of the month. It went out via email to about 20 subscribers, but has also been handed out in print form at a few places. If you didn’t get your copy yet, it’s available online – feel free to print it out and share with the Veterans you know. If you want to make sure and get the next issue as soon as it comes out, be sure to sign up here.

And then, right after the newsletter went out, for no apparent reason, the Facebook page for NCW Veterans disappeared. All references to it vanished. Links back to it were broken. There was no proof it had ever existed. I did send a message to Facebook support, but I still haven’t heard back nearly 2 weeks later. So I created a ‘new’ page with the same name and link address. So while outside links to the URL work again, the follower count got wiped out. After adding a few things to the ‘new’ page, like Profile and Header pictures, I went out and re-liked a bunch of pages and sent out new invites to the page. If you were previously following us on Facebook, please revisit facebook.com/NCWVeterans and follow us again.


Aside from all that, here’s a few other points of note:

Military Working Dogs stamps, USPS 2019

Military Working Dog stamps
The US Postal Service announced some of the new stamps for 2019, including these ones honoring Military Working Dogs. “Each block of four stamps features one stamp of each of the following breeds — German shepherd, Labrador retriever, Belgian Malinois and Dutch shepherd — that commonly serve in America’s armed forces.”


Free and Reduced Passes
One of the benefits your Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs offers is free or reduced passes on things such as Disabled parking permits, Fishing & Hunting licenses, and State & Federal Parks permits. Get all the details here.



» Tuesday, 12 Feb, the American Legion Post 157 (Electric City / Grand Coulee) is having their monthly meeting at 6:30pm.
» Wednesday, 13 Feb, Lowe’s in Wenatchee is having an open hiring event, from 9am – 3pm.
» Thursday, 14 Feb, the Chelan County VSO will be in Chelan from 9am – noon at the Apple Cup Cafe – stop in to say hi!
» Thursday, 14 Feb, the American Legion Post 10 (Wenatchee) will be having their monthly meetings starting at 6pm. Raffle tickets for the 100yr Anniversary gun will go on sale, as will the tickets for the Anniversary dinner on 15 March. All tickets $5, limited quantities available.
» Friday, 15 Feb, VFW Post 3617 is hosting coffee and donuts for all veterans at 9:30am, and Bingo for the public at 5:30pm.



These events are a little farther away, but you should put them on your calendar now so you don’t forget. Details for all of these are available on the Calendar.
» Patriotic Council meeting (for planning Memorial Day in the Wenatchee Valley): Mon, 2/18, 7pm, Wenatchee Veterans Hall.
» Veterans Prayer Breakfast: Saturday, 2/23, 9am, at VFW Post 3617 in East Wenatchee.
» Crab Feed & Prime Rib Dinner: Saturday, 2/23, 5pm, at American Legion Post 28 (Ephrata).
» Big Bend Job Fair: Thursday, 2/28, 9am, at Big Bend Community College.
» Annual Crab Feed: Saturday, 3/2, 5pm, at American Legion Post 97 (Brewster).
» Quarterly NCW Veterans Social: Saturday, 3/9, 3pm, at Badger Mountain Brewing (Wenatchee). Vets from all over NCW are welcome, families too.
» Chelan/Douglas Job Fair: Thursday, 3/21, 10am, at Pybus Market (Wenatchee).

AAANNNDD, Deadline for submissions for the next issue of the Vets Gazette: Sunday, 24 March. Let’s make sure all of your Memorial Day events are included!

I think that’s a wrap for this week. Remember, re-follow us on Facebook, sign up for the newsletter, and keep spreading the word about this site and our shared resources. It’s about connecting our Veteran community across NCW.