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“Salute to our Vets” Community Festival

Sandy Mitchell

Monday, June 17, 2013 • 6:51am

Join us at this community event that will help support our Veterans.  Bring the family and your friends to join us in a two-day “Salute to our Vets” festival of live music, games, art, craft, food and support organizations celebrating our nation’s brave heroes and heroines.  

 
Did you know 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night?  This summer you have a unique opportunity to be a part of changing these statistics by supporting the needs of our disabled wounded and homeless veterans at very special two-day family festival “Salute To Our Vets”.   The goal is to shine the light on the brave men and women who have given so much for our country and our families.  
 
Be a part of the solution to help our veterans.  It’s easy and fun.  The fun starts at Noon each day; till 7PM at Veterans Memorial Park, (East Bound side of Route 46), Parsippany, NJ.  There is plenty of free parking and fun for all ages!  Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the day with the folks who love and support our veterans.
 
Admission donation is only $10 for adults; $5 for children; Free for kids under 7 and disabled Vets.  Advance tickets can be purchased at www.salutetoourvets.eventbrite.com .  You can also make a donation on this site if you cannot attend but want to help.  More information is on www.sotafoundation.orf.  This event is sponsored in part by the office of the Mayor of Parsippany, Extreme Energy Solutions, LLC of Ogdensburg NJ; and Graphic Images, Inc. of Budd Lake.
 
Please join Spirit of the Arts Foundation along with the Parsippany Mayor’s office honoring our heroes and heroines on July 13 and 14 for music, food, veterans support organizations and craft vendors at Veterans Memorial Park, 1839 Rt. 46 E., in Parsippany, New Jersey.  This community event offers fun, games and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Veterans and their families will appreciate access to a multitude of nonprofit organizations offering services and resources to meet their various needs.  Job seeking veterans will have opportunities to meet with job coaches and receive free resume review services.
 
A recent Pew Research Center survey showed Veterans are far more likely to experience homelessness than other Americans, in part because of their high rates of post traumatic stress disorder, physical injuries and disabilities, and other factors that make reintegrating into civilian life and employment difficult. They face unemployment, families that are not always intact, and communities unable to meet their immediate and long-term needs. Their suicide rate out paces the mortality rate suffered in the wars.
 
The event proceeds will help support two non-profit organizations including Operation Chill-Out and NJ Fallen Soldiers.  These boots on the ground community leaders provide a hands-on effort to support, and in many cases, save the lives of the brave men and women who have given so much for our country and families.
 
Vendors are still welcome to apply by going to www.vendor-finders.com/applications.html or by email to sandy@sotafoundation.org or call 973-875-2068.  
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