Dogged service

5th annual Paws 4 Veterans dinner honors those who haved served

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry The fifth annual 4 Paws 4 Veterans Day Dinner will be held Monday, Nov. 11, at the Eagles Club. Pictured are New Hope Assistance Dogs President Tammy Rogers, Willow, and Delores Stec of the Warren County Veterans Affairs Office.

In honor of the service of veterans, the fifth annual 4 Paws 4 Veterans Day Dinner will be held Monday, Nov. 11, at the Eagles Club of Warren.

All Warren County veterans and family members who live with them are welcome to the free dinner, with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, bread, a dessert, and a beverage.

Organizers expect to honor 500 or more active duty, veterans, retirees, reservists, guard, and family members at the event.

The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served starting at noon and the last seating taking place at 4 p.m.

Veterans, surviving spouses, and their family members will need tickets for the event. Those tickets are available by calling Delores Stec at the Warren County Veterans Affairs Office — 728-3477 — or by visiting eventbrite.com and searching for 4 Paws 4 Veterans.

Veterans living in assisted living facilities are encouraged to attend and bring family.

Veterans who are unable to attend may contact Veterans Affairs regarding having meals delivered for them and their families.

The event is sponsored by New Hope Assistance Dogs, Family Video of Warren, the Eagles Club, and Warren County Veterans Affairs.

“This is a day to thank and honor veterans for the freedom they have given to each and every American,” New Hope President Tammy Rogers said.

In addition to the meal, “it’s a chance for the veterans to get together and share stories,” Stec said. “Some will see other veterans they haven’t seen since last year.”

The event is free. Raffles and other fund-raisers held during the event help offset the cost of the dinner and benefit the New Hope Veteran Service Dog Program.