In Service

Serving those who have served.

By:
James E. Bungard
Junior Grand Deacon
James E. Bungard Junior Grand Deacon

Members from Dona Daylight Masonic Lodge #78 visited the New Mexico Department of Health’s State Veterans’ Home, 992 S. Broadway in Truth or Consequences, NM on August 8, 2023.

The New Mexico State Veterans’ Home (NMSVH) is a state-of-the-art facility located on sixteen picturesque acres in Truth or Consequences which provides long term, sub-acute, memory care, and assisted living care for any honorably-discharged veteran, their spouses, or parents of veterans killed in combat action. The facility offers 135 nursing home and ten assisted living beds.

64 handmade quilts and 164 pillow cases were donated and distributed to the resident Veterans and support staff living and working at the Veterans Home. The handmade items were made and donated by Mrs. Beverly and Colonel Gunnar Carlson, US Army (retired) and in collaboration with Dona Daylight Masonic Lodge #78. The items were hand delivered personally to the individuals. Each resident Veteran chose their own quilt and pillow case.

Many wonderful conversations took place while visiting with these Veterans, you could see their faces light up when each member was approached. It was noted that a few were Freemasons, several were Purple Heart recipients, and a few were veterans of WWII.

A heartfelt thank you was given to each Veteran for their military service and contribution to our country. The support staff was also recognized and thanked for the service they provide to our military veterans residing at the home. It was truly amazing an honor to be able to thank and recognize these Veterans personally. It was very emotional for all participating and truly a humbling experience.

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