American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 911’s mission is to serve veterans, troops and their families, as well as their communities. Borgata is thrilled to support the Post and AMVETS Department of NJ during the 12 Days of Giving campaign. The resort donated 60 kits to Veterans in need throughout the community., including winter hats, socks, and toiletry items like soap, shaving cream, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, and shampoo, among other essentials. James Spreng, State Commander of AMVETS Department of NJ, and Fred Vineyard, AMVETS Post 911 1st Vice, AMVETS Post 911 Past Cmdr. and AMVETS Legislative Director, discussed the work of the Post and Borgata’s gift.
Give us a broad overview of what your organization does and how it helps the public?
Spreng: We help keep the public informed of the sacrifices of our Veterans past and present and thank everyone for their support of our mission to assist Veterans.
Vineyard: Post 911 serves our Military, Veterans and Citizens in need.
How has Covid impacted those that rely on our organization for support?
Spreng: Covid-19 has greatly impacted us as well as all Veterans organizations in providing for our Veterans. It has also affected the socialism for our veterans as there is a special bond amongst veterans and the military which is hard for non-military to understand.
Vineyard: This virus has also hurt our fundraisers and grants due to many NJ citizens being out of work and local businesses closing.
How will Borgata’s holiday gift help serve your constituents?
Spreng: The gift will help our Veterans and let them know they are still being thought of and shows the thanks from the community.
Vineyard: We will provide your donations to our veterans in need. This will help them during this stressful time.
For those reading about our organization and wanting to help, what can they do?
Spreng: As an organization, we survive on donations. Many needs of our Veterans are not covered by the VA. Our highest need is donations to help our veterans with many things. For instance, one that I am proud of is assisting our Veterans and their families who are suffering from PTSD. Donations can be made to P.O. Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244 or online at www.amvets-nj.org
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Spreng: Cooking Christmas dinner for my family.
Vineyard: Providing care packages to our local troops and assisting our veterans.
For more information about AMVETS, or to learn how to get involved, please visit www.amvetpost911nj.com.