Through Help for our Heroes, Pennsylvania Freemasons are showing support for our military families in many varied and meaningful ways. The military baby showers, coordinated with the March of Dimes, have been extremely successful, as you can see from the photographs and the heartfelt thanks shared by the families on the adjacent page. To further show our appreciation during this holiday season, the Grand Lodge is contributing toward a party at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for military families with children with special needs.
Grand Lodge has strengthened its partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as we work together to recruit and train volunteers to mentor veterans facing legal troubles in our statewide veterans courts. Bro. Danny McCaffery, a veterans court volunteer, said, "I am excited to be a part of the expansion of the Pennsylvania Masonic 'Help for our Heroes' program and our new partnership between the Masons and veterans and their family members. It's important that we strengthen this relationship to help our veterans and family members with legal issues. I encourage all of my brothers to join me in mentoring in veterans courts across the Commonwealth."
Of course, we continue to provide calling cards to our men and women serving overseas. Tech. Sgt. and Bro. Kevin Casciano, who received his 1st degree last month, recently made his first presentation, as a Mason, of 100 calling cards to our troops heading into the war zone from McGuire Air Force Base. The Grand Lodge also recently sent cards for the 173rd Air National Guard Unit, a C-130 Special Operations Unit from Harrisburg.
Our efforts have not gone unnoticed or unrecognized. In recent months, the Grand Lodge has been presented with certificates of appreciation for our support of the military from the March of Dimes for our participation and support of the baby showers, and from the VFW for our work on behalf of veterans.
In January, the Grand Lodge will participate in a ribbon cutting with physicians from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and the duPont Hospital for Children to celebrate the installation of the the telemedicine program the Grand Lodge has purchased to improve communications between physicians serving military families living at Dover Air Force Base.