Serving Those Who Serve

U.S. soldiers in Iraq unload care packages from their truck as an Iraqi family looks on. The packages were sent by Our Lady of the Island Council in Massapequa Park, New York, through its "Adopt-A-Battalion" program. Tod date, the council ahs shipped more than 1,450 cartons to troops serving overseas.

Knights of Columbus send countless care packages to troops stationed in the Middle East and elsewhere. In places like Iraq, the Knights of Columbus has even donated exercise equipment to our men and women in uniform.

In 2006, troops returning from Iraq were honored at a “Freedom Salute Ceremony,” where their selfless duty and unwavering bravery were not only recognized but also celebrated. To further assist veterans, the Knights of Columbus has established a close relationship with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and each year regularly scheduled Knight volunteers donate more than 92,000 hours of their time to serve hospitalized veterans at 130 VA medical centers throughout the United States.

The Knights are represented on both the executive committee and the National Advisory Committee for the Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service (VAVS) Program.

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