January 18, 2014 - Dozens of Sir Knights from throughout Northern Virginia traveled to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia to distribute sweat suits donated by individual Knights and their families and many others from around the area for veterans who are being treated at the center.
The "Sweats for Vets" program was launched back in 2007 as a project of St. Elizabeth Bayley Seton Assembly 1781 (Sterling), and was expanded a year later to include John Paul II Assembly 2914 (Potomac Falls) and Fr. Robert O. Hickman Assembly 1883 (Winchester). The 2014 event drew participation from Knights in other area assemblies as well. Also participating were members of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Children from area schools wrote hundreds of "thank you" notes to the veterans, thanking them for their service, which were distributed to the vets at the medical center.
Also participating this year were Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd and Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro, Jr. Acting Medical Center Director Tim Cooke welcomed all of the participants and thanked them for the support they provide to the center and the patients who receive care there. PFN Frank Nauer also thanked the participants, and gave a brief history of the "Sweats for Vets" program, which he developed with PFN Phil Rusciolelli in 2007.
SK Frank Nauer, PFN, welcomes Sweats for Vets particpants
Acting Medical Center Timothy Cooke welcomes Sweats for Vets participants.
Local school children wrote hundreds of notes thanking the veterans for their service
More than 600 sweat suits were donated for distribution to the veterans at the Martinsburg Center
Faithful Navigator Robert Fay (Pope John Paul II Assembly), Faithful Admiral Jay McCarthy (Seton Assembly) and Faithful Navigator George Costigan (Seton Assembly) presented the colors
Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro and Leesburg Mayor Kristin Umstattd joined Knights, veterans and other volunteers in distributing the sweat suits
Members of Pope John Paul II Assembly turned out in force
Hundreds of donated sweat suits were distributed to vets being treated at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center
The donated sweat suits came in all sizes, from medium to 4X, and many colors
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