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VVA Military Appreciation Night

The Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 of Vietnam Veterans of America is partnering with the Reno Aces for Military Appreciation Night at Greater Nevada Field.

This year’s event is Aug. 19. Highlights of the night will be the rededication of the POW/MIA Chair of Honor located at the ballpark.

VVA 989 will have an outreach table located in the breezeway on the main concourse.

Local Armed Forces Recruiters are also planning a large and inclusive "Oath of Enlistment" for local young men and women enlisting in our armed forces prior to the game. VVA will. also have a static display of vintage military vehicles on hand along with an Army Guard Humvee with a communications trailer for fans to enjoy prior to the game.

Veterans Summit

The Veterans Summit provides information on Veterans Service Officers, veterans originations, VA healthcare representatives, employment assistance, education information and more.

• Douglas County Senior Center: Sept. 11. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Topaz Ranch Estates: Sept. 20. Wellington Nevada Community Center, 3-5 p.m.

• Eureka/Austin Eureka Opera House): Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For information on the summit, contact

Nevada Guard monthly meetings

• The Nevada Air Guard’s monthly breakfast is on the second Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Reno Elks Club. Cost is $10. For information or to confirm, email

• The Nevada Army Guard’s breakfast is on the second Monday of the month at the Carson City Elks Club. Cost is $8. For information or to confirm, email

AARP workshop

The 2023 AARP Livable Communities Workshop will explore how local leaders can advance economic development in urban, suburban and rural communities.

The free online workshop will be held Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join national leaders, practitioners and AARP staff and volunteers for a deep dive into four core themes — Built Environment, Digital Connections, Work and Jobs, and Local Economies.

A variety of presentations from more than 30 dynamic speakers will showcase effective livability strategies, initiatives and programs that benefit local economies for people of all ages.

For more information about the event and to register, visit

Healthy Teaching Kitchen

Join the upcoming VA Women Veterans Healthy Teaching Kitchen classes. Making healthy food choices is the #1 thing you can do for your health. Learning how to cook can be one step toward getting healthier foods on your plate.

The Healthy Teaching Kitchen program at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, 955 Kirman Ave., in Reno, provides veterans with nutrition knowledge, cooking skills, and guided practice to build confidence in cooking at home with healthy, minimally processed foods.

This monthly in person and virtual teaching kitchen program has been created to support Veterans with healthy meal planning, preparation, cooking, and nutrition education. Classes occur the first Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. and you can participate either in-person at the VA or virtually from the comfort of your own home.

Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno welcomes veterans. TMCC can help with academic advisement, college applications, educational benefits, academic review and referrals to community resources.

Veterans Upward Bound is a U.S. Department of Education program for veterans. For information call 775-829-9007 or email The website is

VFW golf tournament

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8071 is hosting golf tournament to support our Veteran and Community Service Center building project in Virginia City.

The tournament is Sept. 2 at the Dayton Valley Golf Club. Entry fee is $150 per player. This includes breakfast, lunch, drinks, cart rental and 18 holes of golf. Additionally, there will be golf contests, raffles, and auctions.

Participation in this tournament is a great opportunity to show your support of the local veteran community. Details and online registration available at

Participation in this tournament is a great opportunity to show your support of the local veteran community.

Homeless veteran event

The VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System Homeless Veteran Annual Stand Down Event is Sept. 29 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Veterans Outreach Center, 350 Capitol Hill Ave., in Reno.

For information email

2023 Mustang Reunion

Mark your calendar for the 2023 Mustang Reunion. Time to register and make your reservations.

The Mustang Reunion is the main event for Sept. 23. For those arriving early, there’s the Mustang Golf Tournament the day prior on Sept. 22. The reunion is Sept. 23 at the Reno Elks Lodge.

The easiest way to register and pay is through the website Look under the "EVENTS" tab, and you'll see a link to the reunion as well at the golf tourney.

Or you may send a check to Sean Laycox, 1721 Burwood Circle, Reno, NV 89521.

AUSA dinner

You are all cordially invited to the Association of the United States Army William C. Westmoreland Veterans Day dinner on Nov. 10 at the Tamarack Junction in Reno.

The guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Leslie Smith, USA retired, the AUSA vice president of Leadership and Education. Smith received his commission from Georgia Southern University in 1983 as a field artillery officer. In 1985, he graduated from GSU with a bachelor's degree in accounting and as a distinguished military graduate. He branched as a chemical officer.

For information contact

MOAA fall dinner

The fall dinner of the Military Officers Association of America is Sept. 20 at the Tamarack Casino, 13101 S. Virginia St., in Reno.

Members of Sierra Nevada MOAA Chapter and guests are welcome. MOAA is a professional association of United States military officers.

Cost is $50 per person before Sept. 6 and $60 per person after Sept 6 .

Register on line or to use credit cards.

NVMP annual benefit dinner

The 2023 Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza annual benefit dinner is going to be held at the Nugget Casino Resort on Sept. 28. The funds raised will go directly toward completing this project and add us to an elite list of memorials across the country that honor veterans.

The NVMP is looking for local businesses that would like to be a part of the silent auction and raffle during the event. The NVMP is a 501(c)3 non-profit (#81-2009660), and your donation would allow the NVMP to continue to raise the funds needed to complete the memorial.

All items donated to the silent auction will receive recognition within our social media, on our website, in our monthly newsletter, and at the dinner.

For information about how to get involved with this effort, contact Diana Caswell at or 775-235-6885.

Stand Down

Stand Down: Elks Help Veterans in Need is Oct. 7 from 8 4 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center’s gym, 851 E. William St.

Be part of the change in Carson City and surrounding areas transportation will be available (Free JAC rides all day for veterans). Reserve your resource table, make a donation or volunteer your time. For information, call or text 775-301-0605. You may also email

Golf tourney to benefit Veterans Guest House

The 10th Annual Al Porta Memorial Tournament held in honor of decorated World War II veteran Al Porta will be returning on Sept. 24 at Toiyabe Golf Club in Washoe Valley.

All proceeds will benefit Veterans Guest House, a local nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the veteran community has access to the medical care they need.

Tom Porta started the tournament to honor his late father, Al, who served in the United States Air Force for three decades. During his volunteer work at VA Sierra Nevada HealthCare, Al developed a deep connection with Veterans Guest House.

Those who wish to participate can choose from purchasing a foursome for $520 or individually at $130 per player. Each player will receive a boxed lunch, cart, and range balls. Players can purchase mulligans and raffle tickets. Registration opens at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The tournament is sponsored in part by Alpha Analytical, Broadbent & Associates, and The Bickford Family Trust. Hole Sponsorships are still available at $200 per hole and the organization is seeking two Closest to the Pin sponsors at $500 per sponsorship.

Individuals or organizations wishing to sponsor may contact Patrice Klaich, donation relations manager, at or 775-324-6958.

For registration information, go to

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