Veterans Programs


Elks Veteran Programs

Elks pledge "So long as there are veterans, 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, 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.

Helping Veterans in the Local Communittee

Bremerton Elks host Bingo events for Retsil Veterans Home residents. The ENF Freedom Grant received by our Lodge supports our Annual Retsil Veterans Home Christmas Dinner.

To learn more about our veteran support activities or to get involved, contact Don Gossard, PER, PDDGER at