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‘Common bonds,’ Veterans connect over fellowship and food

Veterans connect over fellowship and food

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette U.S. Navy veterans Joe Velott of Loyalsock Township, left, and Bob O'Connor of Muncy swap stories of Navy life during the Veterans Breakfast Club at The Meadows Personal Care Home Thursday. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 8-10 a.m.

Over a cup coffee, fellowship and sharing stories of times past, veterans, regardless of which military branch they served in, have the opportunity to come together to connect at the monthly Veterans Club Breakfast at The Meadows, 2160 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, said Christina C. Klingerman, marketing, sales and admissions manager. Active military members and their families also are welcome to attend the free community breakfast.

The monthly club “allows veterans to come together, connect, share experiences and meet new people who share common bonds,” Klingerman said. “It will enable vets to share their stories with people who have ‘been there’ and truly understand.”

The Veterans Club is held on the second Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. The next club meeting will be held on Dec. 12. The breakfast is free.

Club members have heard about Charles A. Libby, WWII United States Army TEC5 Sgt., experiences spent behind the wheel of the M-20 Armored Command Car as he drove officers through major battles during WWII, Klingerman said. They’ve also heard from guest speakers such as Congressman Tom Marino.

For more hands-on activities, the veterans not only get together for breakfast but they also have taken bus rides to tour the Endless Mountains War Memorial Museum, Sonestown, Klingerman said. A volunteer Honor Guard member previously showed members how to properly fold the America flag and what each fold means, too.

The club varies in numbers from 36 to 56 participants as some members travel during the winter, Klingerman said.

“Veterans need to share their experiences and we need to hear them,” Klingerman said, as it is important to “encourage understanding and awareness of issues affecting (our) service personnel.”

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