Veterans Affairs Chairman

May 2024

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Brother Knights!
STATE CONVENTION:   May is the month of our annual State Convention; this year in Bloomington.  While very few Knights attend the Convention, it is a source of a huge amount of Information for all Knights across Indiana.   Hopefully all that great information is being passed on back in Councils & Assemblies!
Your Veterans Affairs Working Group (VAWG) will be very well represented at the Convention at our display table, and with various conversations throughout the Convention.  We will have the most current information and updates on “Warriors to Lourdes”; Co-Sponsored Seminarians discerning a vocation to the US Military Chaplaincy;  ‘Traveling Mass Kit’ donations to our Indiana Catholic Military Chaplains; support to date for Honor Flights; and news about our new planned Fund Raiser with the 4th/ Patriotic Degree.(sneak preview/ spoiler alert – “military style dog tag & chain” with spiritual message).
Our VAWG Team hopes to see you there – or that your Council/ Assembly attendees pass on details of our Programs.
Newly published Book:  FR Emil Kapaun (US Army Chaplain & Medal of Honor Recipient): The highly anticipated new book about our Servant of God Fr Emil Kapaun has been released and is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book selling outlets.   The book is John Stansifer’s “No Bullet Got Me Yet” – that is also being made into a motion picture/ documentary (“Fr Kapaun’s Valley”) and begins filming/ production this year. 
There will be copies of the book for Knights to see at the VAWG Table at the State Convention (SPECIAL NOTE:  we also plan to give one copy away via a drawing to a Brother Knight who visit our table).
HONOR FLIGHTS:   Our Indiana Knights have really rallied around supporting our 4 Indiana sites that conduct Honor Flights (Lafayette; Fort Wayne; Evansville; Indianapolis).  With donations from Councils & assemblies – that were then matched with funds raised this Fraternal Year with our VAWG “Great Bourbon Raffle”, Indiana Knights have donated over $6,000 this year to send deserving Veterans to Washington, DC.   The Fort Wayne “NE Indiana Honor Flight” group Your dollar donations have helped make a huge difference in the lives of many Veterans.  THANK YOU!
As always, I am very honored to serve as your State Veterans Affairs Chairman.   KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY!   VIVAT JESUS!

Steve Lutz
Indiana State Veterans Affairs Chairman
PGK/ FDD/ US Army (R)