Local veterans organizations helping their own

Mohawk American Legion steps up once again to help Sitrin's Military Rehabilitation Program, this time with a brand new fundraiser.

Posted: Nov 17, 2019 2:25 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2019 11:57 PM

Mohawk, N.Y. - A steady stream of hungry people made their way to Crowley-Barnum American Legion Post 25 on West Main Street in Mohawk on Sunday to support local veterans.

The first annual Breakfast Fundraiser to benefit Sitrin's Military Rehabilitation Program was held Sunday from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and in those four hours hungry people helped give post-9/11 veterans from our area the help they need by paying a small amount for a very big breakfast.

Whether it's bacon and eggs, golfing or motorcycling riding, the Mohawk Legion is now involved in five fundraisers a year to specifically help support Sitrin's Military Rehabilitation Program.

Post 25 Commander Robert Thomes says Sitrin's Military Rehabilitation Program is an important cause for his organization, "It helps provide care for veterans that are post-9/11 that have no insurance. This way they can get in there and basically get some help. It's a great thing, a real great thing.  They really appreciate it, and what they gave to the country, they turn around and get something back."

Sitrin Special Events Coordinator Cheryl Jassak-Huther says if it wasn't for veterans organizations like the Legion in Mohawk, the Sitrin Military Rehabilitation Program would not be around, "All the fundraising that we do treats the veterans post-9/11 veterans free of charge. So all of these fundraisers that everybody does that comes together is wonderful."

Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary President Nancy Diehl says we are lucky, as a community, to have such a program for veterans at Sitrin, "Having this so close to our valley, it's just such a wonderful place to go and I love the fact that they want to actually work with the veterans physically and mentally."

If you would like to contribute to help keep Sitrin's Military Rehabilitation Program going, or find out more information about the program, you can head to their website at https://www.sitrin.com/ways-to-give/donations/ or call them at (315) 737-2435.

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