The Elks National Veterans Service Commission was established in 1946 after World War II to serve our nation’s veterans with our mission being “so long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”

Though much has changed since then, the Elks’ dedication to honoring and serving veterans and military members in need has never wavered. In VA clinics, veterans’ homes, USOs, homeless shelters, and more, thousands of Elks generously volunteer their time, energy, and resources to aid and honor veterans and military members.

Veterans Changing Needs

As the needs of our veterans change, the Elks’ programs evolve. Today, the Elks National Veterans Service Commission and the Alameda Elks offer many exciting programs and partnerships catering to veterans and military members and their families. Some activities and events sponsored by the Alameda Elks Lodge 1015 include:

  • Annual Veterans Day dinner to honor over 100 Alameda Elks Lodge members who are veterans, as well as active duty military personnel serving in the area. We invite prominent military leaders as guest speakers, such as General/Flag officers and Commanding Officers of local military installations.
  • Create care packages for deployed service members and Coast Guard cutters.
  • Welcome Coast Guard crews when they return from deployments. We host the crew and families of local cutters at our monthly breakfasts to thank them for their service.
  • To honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country, Lodge 1015 works with local veterans groups to plan, organize, support, and participate in the City of Alameda’s annual Memorial Day ceremony, which includes our officer corps and members laying a large wreath in commemoration at our Veterans Memorial Park.
  • Annual donation drive to benefit residents at the Yountville Veterans Home.
  • Assist the local U.S. Marines Corps unit with the collection of toys during their annual Toys for Tots drive.
Yville 2
Elks treating Veterans to a picnic BBQ in Yountville

If you are a veteran or active duty military and have questions about the benefits of being an Elk or you would simply just want to visit our Lodge, please contact our Veterans Committee.