The Tri-Valley Rotary put on a great Family Day Barbecue this month at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Livermore.

The annual event helps brighten the lives of residential veterans at the VA Hospital in Livermore and their families. Those who are confined to rooms are served barbecue in their rooms, and those who can make it out join Rotarians, family and VA support staff outside for a picnic. The event featured a live band, other entertainers and a mobile petting zoo. On average, about 200 to 300 people attend the event each year. They have been organizing the barbecue for 12 years now.

Boy Scout Troop 924 supported the Rotarians with the event, and the Tri-Valley Rotary provided all the food and cooking. The residents at the VA hospital have been getting some much-deserved attention in August. In addition to the Rotarian barbecue, the P-Town Pushrods, a car club, escorted Livermore veterans hospital patients to the Goodguys Car Show on Saturday at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton and served them lunch. The club also hosts a mini car show and lunch at the hospital each spring.

Another unsung helper of local veterans is the Rev. Augustine Koilparampil, of St. Michael's Church in Livermore. He has been a VA chaplain for many years, attending to the veterans spiritual and physical needs with selfless love. He often needs volunteers for various service projects at the hospital. To inquire, call 925-373-4700, ext. 35370.

To join the Tri-Valley Rotary, email info@trivalleyrotary.org. They do many projects around the Bay Area and in other countries. They also have many fun events. They meet Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.

One side benefit to volunteering at the Livermore VA is that the campus is absolutely beautiful. The facility on 4951 Arroyo Road is located near Wente Vineyards and Camp Arroyo. There is always an abundance of wildlife nearby including deer and turkeys. It is one of my favorite spots in Livermore and the surrounding area.

Please consider finding a way to give back to those who served our country.

Contact Patrick Brown at pbrown@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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