By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Lions International involve a U.S. veteran program
By Pete Stamsen
Lawrenceville Lions Club

Our servicemen and women sacrifice so much for our country. On Memorial Day, we come together as a nation to remember and honor those who lost their lives while serving.

U.S. veterans serve our country with pride and distinction, and their contributions continue long after their military service ends. The Involve a U.S. Veteran program recognizes the contributions of veterans and their value to our communities and local Lions clubs. The program waives the charter or entrance fee for any qualifying veteran who joins a new or existing Lions club between July 1st, 2013 and June 30th, 2015. This special pilot program is offered only in the United States.

Eligible veterans include retired U.S. military personnel or honorably-discharged members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard Services, Marines, National Guard, Navy or Reserves. Those currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves are also eligible. Lions Clubs International will provide an entrance fee waiver to the first 5,000 qualified U.S. veterans that join a local Lions club.

Hundreds of U.S. veterans have taken advantage of this special program, including Robert Aguilar, Jr., a former marine who recently became a Lion in California. The Lawrenceville Lions Club is extending an invitation to our veterans to become Lions and become involved with the world’s largest service organization with over 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographic areas. Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness – its part of our history as well as our work today. But we also perform volunteer work for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Lions believe everyone deserves a healthy life. From providing health programs that focus on hearing loss to supporting efforts to control and prevent diabetes, Lions volunteers are working to improve the health of children and adults around the world. We serve local communities – and protect the planet. From performing hands-on community work and service projects to providing emergency assistance, our community and environment programs improve our communities – and protect the environment. For more information about Lions Clubs International, please visit their website at: http://www.lionsclubs.org.

The Lawrenceville Lions Club meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 7pm at the Garden Plaza at Lawrenceville, 230 Collins Industrial Way, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to become involved with the Lawrenceville Lions Club, please contact President Pete Stamsen at 770-597-2926 or email an inquiry to: pstamsen@bellsouth.net