By Conrad Dudderar
A monthly networking event for U.S. military veterans returns this weekend to Main Street Yukon
“Coffee & Camaraderie” will again be offered 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 12 at the Yukon Veterans Museum, 1010 W Main.
Yukon veteran Rachel Church started this veterans’ networking group in May and hopes to see it expand in coming months.
“We invite all veterans to join their fellow brothers and sisters for coffee and camaraderie,” said Church, a 21-year U.S. Air Force retiree.
“This is an opportunity for our veterans to get out of the house, network and seek help if they need it.”
This new monthly event will be back June 12 at the Yukon Veterans Museum inside the American Legion building. Donuts and coffee will be offered.
The museum hosts a service day on the second Saturday each month to help veterans apply for Veterans Administration benefits.
“A military service officer will be there if any veteran needs help,” Church said. “We need spouses and caretakers of veterans to know they also can inquire about getting help.”
The service officer can help them obtain benefits they may not know they are eligible for.
Other Yukon veteran-owned businesses will be enlisted to host future Coffee & Camaraderie gatherings.
In the group’s formative months, the Yukon Veterans Museum will be the host site.
“For now, we’re going to stick with the veterans’ museum and hopefully build up a group,” Church said. “We’re trying to keep it consistent and keep it growing.
“Eventually we want to rotate it to other places.”
The Yukon Veterans Museum – inside the spacious American Legion hall – has proven to be an ideal venue.
“The museum staff personnel have been amazing, as has the American Legion,” she said, “both affording veterans a place to come together and providing mentorship/guidance to veterans like myself.”
The Yukon Veterans Museum features displays of military uniforms, helmets, weapons, battlefield gear, flags, historic photographs, newspaper clippings, and military documents.
Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; with tours outside those hours available by appointment.
The building houses American Legion Post 160.
For more information about the Yukon Veterans’ Coffee & Camaraderie, call Church at (405) 808-0125.