Elks pledge “So long as there are vterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” The Elks National Veterans Service Commission takes that pledge one step further, and promises service to our nation’s veterans and military members, with a special focus on service to those in need.
Thousands of Elks volunteers give generously of their time, energy and resources to serve veterans and military members each day, to ensure that pledge is not an idle one.
Today, nationally, our volunteers provide direct service to veterans in more than 330 facilities each month. Through our grants to Elks Lodges, we connect with veterans and military members in their communities, providing them with services where they live. We help veterans rehabilitate and thrive through adaptive sports programs and therapy kits. And our Welcome Home initiative is reaching out to some of our most vulnerable veterans: those who are experiencing homelessness.
For several years, our Lodge has provided a program, funded by a national grant, to work with returning Veterans attending the University of Idaho. Every year we apply for the grant for materials. Returning Vets participate in fly tying instruction and a camping event upon completion. It has and continues to be a well-attended and popular part of our
commitment to our local Veterans.