VA Secretary Bob McDonald expressed his deep appreciation for the dedication and commitment of BVL contributors across the country as he accepted a facsimile check for more than $945,000 — representing the amount of money raised by BVL during the 13-14 league season. “This is incredible,” noted the Secretary. “What you have done is just amazing.”
The meeting with the Secretary capped off a full day of activities for BVL representatives visiting Washington, DC. It began with BVL Board Chair John LaSpina and BPAA President Tom Martino attending a White House breakfast to honor a select group of Veterans Service Organizations.
Following that, Nation’s Capital Area USBC leaders Tom Dale and Cynthia Black carried the USA and BVL flags respectively as part of the national color guard at the Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Dale, is a former Army, E-4 (Spec-4), 1968-70, who served in Vietnam and Fort Richardson (Anchorage Alaska). Black, retired from the Army after more than 26 years in 2011 as a Sergeant First Class, served in Germany, Panama, Pentagon in support of Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.
Fellow NCAUSBC members took in the ceremony in the Amphitheatre, being honored as the local association making the largest contribution to BVL during the 13-14 league season — over $27,000.
BVL Board Members Wally Hall, Marci Williams, Libbi Fletcher and Anthony Colangelo participated in a formal ceremony — laying a BVL wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
“It was a great day,” noted BVL Chair John LaSpina. “It’s an honor and a privilege to represent our wonderful volunteers who truly help us make a difference in the lives of thousands of veterans each year. We want our contributors to know that from the White House to the VA to our fellow Veterans Service Organizations, BVL is recognized and appreciated for the impact we make every day for our American heroes.”
“Our veterans paved the way for the freedoms we all enjoy today,” adds LaSpina. “Thanks to them, we are able to live our lives with liberty and in peace. At BVL, we will not forget that, and we will remain dedicated to Brightening Veterans’ Lives.”