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VFW Post 3376 made a sizeable donation of food and blankets to the new local homeless shelter in Ephrata today.
Officer Newswanger of the Ephrata Police Department helped facilitate the donation. 
Over 50 homemade quilts and numerous boxes of food items were donated, courtesy of the VFW Post 3376 members. 
As always, the Ephrata VFW Post 3376 is proud to support the many worthwhile organizations in our community, and we are grateful to partner with the many people who make this community wonderful. 
VFW Post 3376 is so much more than a restaurant and bar: we take our role as a Veterans Service Organization seriously and strive to make the world a better place every day.
The 28th Infantry Division Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade poses with a VFW flag in front of a Blackhawk helicopter. The flag has traveled around the world to units with care packages. It hangs at PA VFW HQs with these photos around it. David Sandman, former Director of Communications, began the tradition. VFW Post 9788 in Horsham, Pa. is starting to thrive after almost being non-existent. U.S. Army 1st Lt. Claudia Morin is a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot but currently serves with 4-4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, an Apache unit. She is a battle captain and organizes much of the chaos that comes through the battalion's tactical operations center.

Although she doesn't fly Apaches, she says seeing things from her U.S. Army Sgt. Sitara Dodd originally joined the military because she played soccer in high school and missed being part of a team. She says she would have joined the infantry but the Army was not yet accepting females into that role at the time. She then looked to joining the Marines as a medic. When she learned she would have to join the Navy as a corpsman she dropped the idea because she doesn't swim. Having been introduced to the medic world, she was happy to join the Army as a combat medic.

She volunteered to serve as a flight medic for this deployment, from her normal role as a ground medic. Her favorite part of deployment has been using the hoist. Her least favorite part has been the time away from her wife and dog.

She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 with a degree in emergency medicine and worked in emergency medical services for three years. She currently serves in law enforcement on the civilian side.

Dodd is deployed as a flight medic with Charlie Company, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade. Army Reserve Pfc. Mena Khalil, a wheeled vehicle mechanic and native of Easton, Pennsylvania, assigned to the 300th Chemical Company, 485th Chemical Battalion, 76th Operational Response Command keeps an eye out for the enemy during unit training operations at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, April 10. More than 40 Army Reserve Soldiers from the 300th Chem. Co., are spending two-weeks conducting a variety of training at Fort Polk to hone their individual and collective readiness. (Official U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent C. Powell) Brig. Gen. Phillip N. Frietze, the outgoing commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, and Col. Michael E. McWilliams, the incoming commander of MARFORSOUTH, stand at the position of attention during the MARFORSOUTH change of command ceremony in Miami, Florida, April 12, 2021. Brig. Gen. Frietze relinquished command to Col. McWilliams after serving as commander of MARFORSOUTH since August 2020. MARFORSOUTH is the Marine Corps component to U.S. Southern Command, which is one of the 11 combatant commands in the Department of Defense. The staff of nearly 150 Marines, Sailors and civilian employees are responsible for planning exercises, operations and overall support for the SOUTHCOM assigned area of responsibility, which covers Latin America and the Caribbean. Brig. Gen. Frietze is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Col. McWilliams is a native of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel A. Barrios) BOSTON (March 25, 2021) Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jacklyn Ditzel, from Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is recognized by the Navy League of the United States as USS Constitution’s Sailor of the Year. USS Constitution, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. During normal operations, the active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people a year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history and maritime heritage and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence. USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents. The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alec Kramer/Released)