West Oaks hosts 7th Annual Honoring Our Veterans Blood Drive

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Tomorrow, November 10th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm the 7th Annual Blood Drive Honoring Our Veterans will be held at West Oaks Farm Market in Winchester.

The Red Cross has continued to report the urgent need for blood as supplies have dwindled.

To thank donors and create some holiday cheer, the movie The Elf and Red Cross have teamed up to give away officially licensed socks to donors beginning tomorrow through November 30th.

At the Honoring Our Veterans blood drive, donors and veterans will receive a sausage breakfast or burger lunch as well.

Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org and search vetdrive23.

Walk-ins are welcome, as well.

Remember to prepare before donating by getting a good night’s sleep, eating a healthy meal with iron rich foods, and hydrating with an extra glass of water.

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Free dial-a-ride for vets

The City of Winchester is committed to honoring veterans.

Beginning on Monday, August 21st, the city’s transportation system, WinTran, will offer dial-a-ride to city vets.

This new service will allow Winchester Veterans to be picked up from their desired point in the city and be taken to the Winchester Veterans Clinic on Dawson Drive in Winchester.

Proof of Veteran status is needed.

Vets may call the WinTran dispatch office for more information.

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Gov. Youngkin signs bills giving Veterans tax deductions

Before a 9/11 commemorative Governor Glenn Youngkin signed two bills to reduce state income taxes for  Virginia’s Military and Veteran Communities.

The bills creates a state income tax deduction for military retirement income for Veterans 55 and older at a phased in rate of $10,000 in 2022, $20,000 in 2023, $30,000 in 2024 and up to $40,000 in 2025.

In an email from the Governor he called Veterans a great asset to the Commonwealth  and these bills help create incentives to military families to stay in the state.

Secretary of Veteran’s and  Defense Affairs Greg Crenshaw called the bills a step toward making Virginia one the best states in the country for the military and their families.

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News Maker Adam Packham on Heroes on the River

Heroes on the River sends combat veterans on a number of excursions including a skydiving trip next month.

We spoke with Heroes on the River founder Adam Packham about future events and how they are funded in our latest news maker.

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Adam tells us about how these excursions truly make a visible and mental difference in our combat veterans.

He also tells us about future events including the upcoming skydiving event.

Adam also tells us about how these excursions are funded with the community support.

Click here for Adam’s interview.

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Healing Field of Honor returns to Winchester

Annual Community Grant

The Healing Field of Honor is back for its second consecutive year in the lawn of John Handley High School.

Over 1000 flags will be on display in a patriotic tribute to honor first responders, military members, or just anyone who is a personal hero.

The opening ceremony featured local keynote speakers, a C-17 flyover, and a parachutist on Thursday afternoon.

The display will remain available for 24 hour viewing until the closing ceremony on May 30th at 3 pm.

Flags can still be purchased online or on location with all proceeds going to the Winchester Rotary Charitable Foundation.

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News Maker Lisa Salmon on a motorcycle run to benefit Veterans

The newly formed Hogs and Patriots Foundation VA-1 chapter of Front Royal have a dice motorcycle run this Saturday Oct. 23.

The group and the run is open to anyone with a motorcycle who shares the groups support of military, first responders and veterans and benefits the Able Forces Foundation.

Able Forces helps veterans with any situation they face.

We spoke with the secretary of Hogs and Patriots Foundation Lisa Salmon about the organization and their motorcycle run in our latest news maker segment.

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Lisa explains the Hogs and Patriots Foundation.

She also tells us about this weekend’s run and Able Forces Foundation.

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Patriot Pride Day in Middletown

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The town of Middletown is holding their 5th annual Patriot Pride Day today starting at 2 pm.

This free event will be held at the Middletown Veterans’ Memorial.

There will be presentations from local historians on topics like Colonial America, Loyalists and Tories in Colonial America, General Nathaniel Greene and the origins of the 2nd amendment.

Reenactments will also be held with one at 3 pm and the other at 5:30 pm.

A folding of the flag ceremony will conclude the day’s events.

Fireworks originally planned to end the evening have been rescheduled for Middletown’s 225th anniversary in October.

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Rotary and JHHS create Healing Field of Honor

Annual Community Grant

John Handley High School and the Winchester Rotary Club came together to create the Healing Field of Honor.

The spectacle in front of Handley High School will be open through Memorial Day.

The display features up to 1000 flags which each represent an individual and their story.

The flags can represent all types of heroes ranging from veterans and first responders to loved ones and personal heroes.

The event is free to attend and flags purchased on site will raise funds for the Winchester Rotary Charitable Foundation.

Visit rotaryclubofwinchester.org for more information.

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