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We See You: VFW members collect food for military families at Fort Leavenworth

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Posted at 6:34 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 07:34:51-04

PARKVILLE, Mo. — A group of veterans have focused on a new mission: collecting food for families at Fort Leavenworth.

Members of the VFW Post 7356 in Parkville, Missouri, are collecting non-perishable items and delivering them to the Army post in Kansas about every two weeks.

“I’m just an old soldier and I like to work in a team and I like to make mission and have a purpose, so I’m glad the VFW gives us that opportunity to serve our community and continue to serve our fellow soldiers,” explained Hank Cartagena, the VFW post’s senior vice commander.

Cartagena said the COVID-19 pandemic is putting strains on military families, just like civilian families. Spouses of military members may have lost their jobs, or lost child care options, which makes buying food a burden.

“For example medical restraints, financial strains on their family, if there happens to be a service member overseas for a deployment,” Roger Capote added to the list. The recently retired Army chaplain assistant came up with the idea for the VFW to support families on the post.

Donations go to about 40 military families.

If you would like to drop off food, click here for more information.

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