GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — The Colorado Aviation Business Association, Metro State University Aviation, and Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) banded together to unload holiday goods for veterans and their families.
Two planes from Denver, Colorado landed at the West Star Aviation in Grand Junction this morning to deliver food, toys, and, specific to this year, personal protective equipment. The Western Slope VFW unloaded the aircrafts and will transports the goods to their post. There the VFW will divide it, and hopefully, put together 50 holiday boxes for veterans and veteran families. However, the local VFW says they are shy on donations this year. Len Ladue, Commander of the Western Slope VFW, says, “last year we had about 60% more food transported than we do this year.” Thereby, the VFW is trying to overcome this setback by supplementing the food with some financial resources.
In addition, this event this year is more important than ever before because some of the veterans are feeling isolated due to COVID-19. Ladue says, “they’ve been very lonely, so not only do we deliver food, but it gives us a chance to visit with the veterans.”
And for many, delivering the holiday boxes to the local veterans is a gift in itself. Joseph McCarthy, Jr. Vice Commander of the Western Slope VFW, says, “I was in the Marines for 15 years, and when I got out, I wanted to do something that helped my fellow veterans. This is the closest that I could get.”
The Western Slope VFW is still accepting food, toy, and personal protective equipment donations for the local veterans. You can contact Len Ladue at 970-778-8242 for more information.