Mt Vernon Lodge #819
Playing Cards for Veterans is a program that goes hand in hand with our Adopt-A-Veteran Program.
This activity will give a hospitalized veteran something to do rather than just passively sitting and watching television.
Through the hard work of some of our members who have made arrangements with several riverboats and casinos, we are now able to offer playing cards for our hospitalized veterans to use. Decks arrive in boxes. The cards are then sorted by hand into Suits and rank, then decks are created. Each deck of cards is checked to make sure all cards are in good condition and the deck is complete. It takes approximately 1 hr to create 10 decks. It is a slow process. The IL Elk Association Webmaster built 6 sorting trays to speed the process. After the decks are checked, a “Playing Cards For Veterans” sticker with the logo of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission is placed on each deck of cards.
These cards are free of charge for Veterans.
They can be ordered from the Play Cards for Veterans Chairman.
You can call our office in Chicago if you have any questions about this program.