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EVENT TO OFFER SERVICES FOR VETERANS.

Byline: BETTIE RENCORET Senior columnist

LANCASTER - Veterans can get health screenings, legal counseling and other help on June 25 at the Veterans Stand Down at Grace Resource Center.

Stand down is a military term for rest and recuperation for troops who have become fatigued on the battle line. Organizers say the event, the latest in a series, is an overdue gift of the community to veterans who struggle with everyday life because of the effects of war.

While the event is aimed at reaching veterans living on the streets and in shelters who would not otherwise seek assistance, all veterans and their families are welcome, organizers said.

Veterans will get breakfast, lunch and dinner, clothing, blankets and personal grooming necessities. They can also get legal counseling, help obtaining Department of Motor Vehicles ID cards, health screenings and medical referrals, employment assistance and just plain camaraderie among other veterans and volunteers.

The event will run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Grace Resource Center, 45134 Sierra Highway. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The morning chow callwill be at 8 a.m.

A flag-raising ceremony, by members of the Lancaster HighSchool Junior ROTC, will take place at 9 a.m.

At noon another meal will be served, followed by music by The Baby Boomers from 1 to 3 p.m.

Littlerock High School Junior ROTC will conduct the retreat ceremony, followed by the evening meal.

The doors will be closed at 6 p.m.

For information, call Steve Baker, (661) 940-5272, or George Palermo, (661) 943-4476.

LANCASTER - A charity golf tournament sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles' Antelope Valley Aerie will raise money for the amenities fund for the planned Lancaster veterans home.

The tournament will be on July 16 at Rancho Sierra Golf Course. Eleven four-person teams will play the 18-hole course at 60th Street East and Avenue G-8.

Sign-in is at 9 a.m. and the shotgun start will be at 10 a.m.

The entry fee is $50 per person. An awards dinner will follow at the Eagles' Aerie, 232W. Newgrove Ave.

Businesses can show support for the veterans home by becoming tee sponsors for $25 or greens sponsors for $35. Donations are tax deductible and will buy advertising space on signs at tee boxes and greens.

Prize donations will also be gratefully accepted, organizers said.

Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, the closest to the pin and a hole-in-one.

Cost for the dinner only is $6 per plate.

First proposed in 1991 but long delayed by opposition from former Gov. Gray Davis and other officials, the Lancaster home will be built at Avenue I and 30th Street West and is projected for completion in late 2008

``Things are happening now in Sacramento,'' said Tom Craft,a retired Navy officer and chairman of the citizens committee that is raising money for amenities not covered by the government budget. ``Our legislators are working hard up there and I think Senator GeorgeRunner's rapport with Governor Schwarzenegger is a real asset.''

Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster andPalmdale have been announced. All meals include bread and margarine andcoffee, tea or milk for a suggested donation of $2.

Monday: Macaroni and cheese, green beans, creamy coleslaw, apple juice,cookies.

Tuesday: Fish fillet, baked potato, peas and carrots, tossed salad,pineapple juice, apple.

Wednesday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, winter squash, tomato rice soup,garden salad, gelatin with pears.

Thursday: Chicken casserole, Spanish rice, corn, marinated beets,vegetable soup, citrus cup.

Friday: Spaghetti and meatballs, Normandy vegetables, lettuce and tomatosalad, juice, tapioca pudding.
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