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I would like to start by saying thank you to all the Veteran’s that work for Local 18007...

I would like to start by saying thank you to all the Veteran’s that work for Local 18007- we thank you for your service. Veteran’s Day is a day to that we have the chance to thank them for stepping forward to serve our country when others stepped back; it is a true act of selflessness. There is no way to put into words the sacrifice that is made sacrificing time with your families and missing significant milestones that we take for granted- all to keep our country safe. The unspeakable horrors of war that these men/ woman have gone thru will never be forgotten.

Yesterday we had the chance to bring our donations to Midwest Veteran’s Closet located in North Chicago which is a not for profit organization. They provide the daily essentials for veterans and their families that do not have the means to support themselves or provide their families with the basic necessities such as food, clothing, jackets, and boots at no charge. Local 18007 partnered with Torrence Hinton and Amanda Maali to make this donation drive possible. I would like to thank Torrence Hinton for all the support on the company side and Amanda Maali for coordinating this extremely successful event and working hard to promote the event across the shops. The gratitude that the center expressed and the tears our donations brought to their eyes was a reality check because you realize these men and women that have fought for our country come home and cannot even afford food for their families. This also made us realize that our donation drive is not enough and going forward we plan on hosting drives more than once a year. We will have more information on that soon.

I would also like to thank our veteran’s from the shops that brought the donations along with us- Joe Hernandez, David Broome, Tom Kelly, Cris Rangel, Shannon Herrera, and Glen Valdez.

I hope everyone enjoys their day off- but remember “Liberty comes at a price and the men and women who serve our country are willing to pay that price for our freedom and for peace.”

We saluted you and we honor you!

Fraternally, President Tim Jaroch

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