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Hello everyone. I have posted in the past couple of weeks about the Veteran's Day Luncheon I put on in my senior building. I asked for donations. Some very generous people did donate, cash and a terrific winter coat for one vet who does not have one. This one will keep him toasty because it is a beautiful warm coat.

I am so grateful for those donations. The food is covered and I have bought some items I know they need and like.

I have not gone to the 99c store yet because I have run out of donated funds. Last year I was able to buy laundry soap, shampoo, hand soap, dish soap, razors, shaving cream, aftershave lotion, lots of little things that folks here need. I live in a subsidized building so no one here has any extra money. That includes me, unfortunately.

If it sounds like I am getting greedy, please know that some of these vets live on $600-$700.00 a month. They do not have extra money. They barely have enough money to feed themselves, pay rent and electricity. Laundry soap, even for a month or so is sometimes a luxury.

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Not much of a diary but I felt I had to report. I live in the 5th Congressional District in Chicago. This district includes some suburban towns as well as mid-North Chicago.

People were voting in fairly large numbers for the mid-terms. I actually had to wait  in line for a voting booth. If one votes for all the judges and amendments it took over 15 minutes to vote. All of the booths were filled during that time, with people waiting.

I remember 2010 when the room was practically empty. There were over half a dozen booths that were empty almost all the time - it was a very low turnout all day then.

I don't know if this is as great news as I think it is, but if other districts and states reflect this situation, I have great hope for keeping the Senate and picking up a few democratic governors.

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I need your help again for this year's Veterans Day event.

Each year I sponsor a Veterans Day celebration in my senior building. I don't have enough money at this moment to put it on. This weekend I wrote a cancellation flyer, but did not have the heart to post it. I have posted a couple of diaries asking for help with some results.

I received a winter coat for one of the vets who is without one. Really wonderful condition. (Thanks, kiddo), and $25.00 through Paypal and bought some socks with it. A few months ago I bought the beans for the chili but not the vegetables or meat for it.

I need some more donations or I will have to cancel the luncheon this year.

I live in a subsidized building so no one here has any extra money. That includes me, unfortunately.

This will be the 4th year of this celebration. Some of the vets have passed on, a few moved to nursing homes and so on. But each year we have new tenants who are veterans so the number of current vets remains about the same, 27 or 28. We have a smaller group of Korean War vets but most are vets from Viet Nam. I need your help to make it happen.

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As many of you know, I originated a Veterans Day celebration each year in my senior building in Chicago. This will be the 4th year of this celebration. Some of the vets have passed on, a few moved to nursing homes and so on. But each year we have new tenants who are veterans so the number of current vets remains about the same, 27 or 28. We have a smaller group of Korean War vets but most are vets from Viet Nam. I need your help to make it happen.

This is why I work to make Veterans Day a real thing:

UPDATE: Yesterday I met a homeless vet. All I could give him was $ 1.00. I have a very limited income. No doubt all of us see a homeless vet here and there and probably do the same thing. I want to help them all. But I also know I can't help them all. All I can do is take care of the vets in front of me, the men and women in my rent-subsidized building. (Some vets here get less than $700 a month on which to live.)  And I cannot do it without your help.

The thing is, if I do not get a bunch of donations, I cannot do Veterans Day. I can't even afford the 8-10 pounds of ground meat for my chili on my own. I received a donation from a very kind person here.  Bought some great socks, a commodity that is very appreciated here. Another person donated a winter coat for a vet who does not have one. I am so grateful for that.

In the past many of you have generously donated to make a great recognition party for the folks here. I am asking you, those of you can afford it, to donate again, or for the first time. I know there are so many places for you to give money to, especially these days. If you could see how deeply appreciated you are by the vets here, you would see how important each donation is. That we remember these vets means so much to them. Please help me make a once a year event memorable to them. Please.

At a recent Art Fair I met several WWII vets and made it a point to thank them. One of the WWII vets I knew personally passed away this year. I remember the last Holiday season where I spoke with him and thanked him for his service. I gave him a personalized copy of the Recognition of Service document I wrote.

I knew he (Howard) was in the Navy and fought on three ships that were sunk under fire. He always got a new ship and continued fighting.  Howard was a small man, quiet, and one of the many veteran workers after the war. I said to Howard that he helped save the world and that meant so much to the world.

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I cannot believe this will be our 4th annual Veteran's Day celebration to be held in November in my subsidized building and I need your help to make it happen. It has meant so much to so many people here and outside the building. When I began doing this it was with a hope to say simply "thank you" and "welcome home" to the veterans here, maybe have some food and prizes. It has become so much more than expected. And each year it has gotten better, in great part to your donations, and the veterans themselves.

There were veterans here who had tears in their eyes when I said welcome home to them. Some of those veterans have gone on to whatever awaits us when our body stops, so I feel honored to have said to them that we remembered still their sacrifices and to make them feel their lives mattered. Really honored.

The first year was all privately funded by, well, me and two others. As I wrote about that after the fact, a couple of folks on this site suggested I ask this community for donations for subsequent years. The second year was almost totally subsidized by folks in the DailyKos community. I was able to give out some little cash prizes and some clothes and other things folks needed.

Some of the veterans in my building are in their late 70s, and 80s. They thoroughly appreciate whatever we do for them. It has built and continues to foster a profound sense of community here. There are several vets who still suffer from PTSD and this has connected them with the larger building community.

If anyone here wants to contribute, every penny would be used for the celebration or given in an envelope directly to a veteran. Please let me know either in a DailyKos email or in a comment. If you like, I will then give you my personal email address, my physical address, full name and anything else you desire (well, mostly, e.g. I'm not giving up any grandchild.)

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I was in graduate school at UICC in the 70s, and a worker bee in Women's Studies there. It was one of the first in the country back then. I led discussion groups as part of the program, where I met Linda.

Linda was in her 20s and married to a man who was fairly controlling. She wanted to leave him. At first she said she was worried she would hurt him by doing so, but I told her she had to be true to herself and to do what she felt she had to do.

It was the last piece of advice I gave anyone for years.

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Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 09:19 AM PST

Veteran's Day Photos Very Late

by Liberal Granny

This is so late! I apologize for that, but just after Veteran's Day I had a colonoscopy and had a couple complications that took me to the hospital for a week, plus some other issues.  Everything is OK now, so here are some pictures. My photographer became ill after a very short time and had to leave so what you see is what I got this year. More next year for sure. BTW, that's me on your left, from a photo about eight years ago. I wanted one from the party but best laid plans, etc.

I promised some pictures from this year's Veterans' Day celebration in my senior building. I am just learning to embed images so bear with me, please. What you see below are photos of our social room before the party started and as the party progressed, all in reverse order of what I wanted. Sigh. Did this twice but can't seem to get it right. This is me, to your left (of course). It's a few years old but you should have seen my choices.

Anyway, we had about 25 veterans who so enjoyed the celebration and the nice gifts they received due to your very generous donations.  We were able to give 15 envelopes of $10 each to vets and that was welcome, indeed.

I can't tell you just how grateful I am for your generosity to these older veterans. It visibly warmed each of their hearts to be remembered. As usual I made cauldrons of chili and the building manager provided pasta salads. We provided the cake, coffee, sodas, and ice cream. The veterans provided the joy.

As you can see we saluted the flag and sang the national anthem. As always I am moved by your generosity and the fact that I always get so much more from the veterans than I am able (through you) to give them. It is a continuing joy to me to be able to do this for them.

Thank you so much.

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Please Note: I cannot do this without you. I need financial help to do this. Every cent goes to the veterans, to the food and the gifts. Any amount your are able to contribute goes a long way. (Thanks to those who have already contributed.)

The 3rd annual Veteran's Day celebration will be held November 12th in my subsidized building. The first year was all privately funded by, well, me and two others. The second year was funded by generous people on this site. It was a terrific success and the vets were extremely grateful.

I was able to provide both gifts and cash to the vets through a raffle. It would be difficult for me to describe how much these senior vets appreciated the fact that folks still care about them. Some of the veterans in my building are in their late 70s, and 80s. They thoroughly appreciate whatever we do for them.

If anyone here wants to contribute, every penny would be used for the celebration or given in an envelope directly to a veteran. Please let me know either in a DailyKos email or in a comment. If you like, I will then give you my personal email address, my physical address, full name and anything else you desire (well, mostly, e.g. I'm not giving up any grandchild.)

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Please Note: I cannot do this without you. The 3rd annual Veteran's Day celebration will be held November 12th in my subsidized building. The first year was all privately funded by, well, me and two others. The second year was funded by generous people on this site. It was a terrific success and the vets were extremely grateful.

I was able to provide both gifts and cash to the vets through a raffle. It would be difficult for me to describe how much these senior vets appreciated the fact that folks still care about them. Some of the veterans in my building are in their late 70s, and 80s. They thoroughly appreciate whatever we do for them.

If anyone here wants to contribute, every penny would be used for the celebration or given in an envelope directly to a veteran. Please let me know either in a DailyKos email or in a comment. If you like, I will then give you my personal email address, my physical address, full name and anything else you desire (well, mostly, e.g. I'm not giving up any grandchild.)

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Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:52 PM PST

SCAM Notice Aimed at Elderly

by Liberal Granny

I just got a call back from the original guy who called me. While he told me his first name I will not use it here. He congratulated me on knowing his original call was a scam. He said he is working to feed his family and must say what his boss tells him to say and he told me he was glad that I recognized the scam.

I received the first call a few days ago. the caller told me that I had been randomly selected to receive an $8,400.00 grant from the U.S. Government Grant Department. I did not have to pay it back and I could use it for anything I chose, there were no use requirements.

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Re: Social Security and Medicare

•    The Federal rule for subsidized housing rent
•    Cutting cost of living increases for social security

Dear President Obama,

I am a senior citizen, almost 69 years old.  I live on my social security check and that alone.  I also live in a CHA building for seniors in Chicago.

Although I am an educated woman, medical problems brought me to a state I never thought I’d see.  I’ve worked all my life, beginning at age 9 on a dairy farm in Arizona.  At that time I could and did lift 100 pound sacks of grain into bins, helped milk a bunch of cows before and after school, washed the barn, dug postholes for fences, irrigated the field, and all the things done on a dairy farm.  Once I dug out a cesspool.

Because I did the labor of a grown man until I was in my mid-teens, I was left with a bad case of osteoarthritis.  I worked to put myself through college earning both a B.A. and M.A., becoming the only person among my sisters and brothers to get a degree.  I worked as a customer service person, claims adjuster, manager, writer, a business co-owner (until a divorce), cab driver, as an educator in the business world, and consultant.

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About 10 days ago I received a call in the evening from a man who said I had ordered $105.00 worth of Romney campaign material. I couldn't stop laughing, saying things like "which of my friends put you up to this?" then collapsing in laughter again. He said there was a $300.00 cancellation fee and I erupted in even more guffaws.

I thought the call was a total hoot and told him so. At this point I told him I campaigned for the Obama campaign and wouldn't order anything from Romney. I admit my sentences were punctuated with laughter every other word. He said a few other things and I said I had to hang up and call him back because I couldn't stop laughing. The guy was totally flabbergasted by my laughing all through the call and was literally sputtering when he hung up. So who was it? I checked the usual suspects and no one knew anything about it.

A few minutes later, when I stopped laughing, I tried the number. The number kept ringing busy when I called back, still thinking it was a terrific joke that gave me a lot of endorphins. So what did I do next?

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