Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Local VFW Donates $1000 to Women Veterans Program
Last month, the Providence VA Medical Center’s Women Veterans Program received an unexpected gift of $1000 from the Kelley & Gazzero VFW Post 2812. The donation was made in support of homeless women Veterans.
When asked how they came up with the idea of donating the proceeds from their annual golf tournament to homeless women Veterans, VFW member John DeFusco was quick to respond. “We have been sponsoring golf tournaments for several years now,” he explains, “and we’ve been donating the proceeds to various homeless shelters such as Gateway to Independence and Operation Stand Down.” John added that the members decided to donate this year’s proceeds to women Veterans after John heard the recent Senior Journal cable newscast about the Providence VAMC’s women Veterans Program. During the taping, he recalls listening intently as Women Veterans Program Manager Beth Grady and Research Program Assistant Lynn Gibbs mentioned that Veteran homelessness impacts not just male Veterans but women Veterans as well. “At that point, we quickly went to our membership committee and, after a short discussion, we unanimously voted that we would make this year's donation to the VA on behalf of homeless women Veterans.”
Medical Center Director Vincent Ng, who received the check on behalf of the Women Veterans Program, thanked Post 2812 for their generous donation. He noted that the money will be used to meet the immediate needs of homeless women Veterans.
The Kelley & Gazzero VFW Post 2812 is located on Plainfield Pike in Cranston. Its mission is to foster camaraderie among United States Veterans of overseas conflicts, serve our Veterans, the military, and our communities; and to support all Veterans, especially those in need.
The Providence VAMC is designing a new Women Veterans Clinic, which is expected to open as early as spring 2012. For more information about the Women Veterans Program, please contact Beth Grady, LCSW, Women Veterans Program Manager, at (401) 273-1700, ext. 6191, or visit the Women Veterans Program web page.