Above / Judge Don Hennessey (pictured here in 2011!) performs with students from Naperville North High School and other folks who visited Hines V.A. Hospital to spread holiday cheer. Oh! The fond memories! Throughout the year, the bus departs at 6:15PM on the second Tuesday of the month, Sept. through June, from the VFW. All are welcome.

Street signs mark the spot at 908 W. Jackson Ave. where the VFW is a hub of activity throughout the year.

Members of the community are invited to join a group of regulars who visit Hines V.A. Hospital on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, to spread good cheer to Veterans receiving treatment in the Spinal Cord Unit.

6PM Tues., Nov. 14, 2017

Local citizens meet up with Veterans at 6PM in the VFW Post Canteen, sign in and prepare to depart to Hines V.A. Hospital via a bus provided by the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and the American Legion Post 43.

Organized by John Shaw, the public is invited to join the group that travels to the hospital in Maywood, Illinois, to visit with veterans receiving treatment in the Spinal Cord Unit at Hines.  They play Bingo together, distribute hand-made greeting cards of cheer created by local students as well as pass out lap blankets and engage in friendly conversation with expressions of gratitude from room to room.

“If you haven’t made this visit with us yet,” suggests Veterans advocate Mike Barbour, “please come out and help to bring a smile on the face of a Veteran.”

The next scheduled visit to play Bingo is Tues., Nov. 14, 2017.

All are welcome any month to join members of the American Legion, VFW, Auxiliary members and other citizens, September through June. The cost of the transportation in underwritten by the Veterans’ organizations.

Save the date! Sing-along on Dec. 12, 2017

Back at the Canteen, the sing-along of seasonal favorites usually continues after the Hines visit.

On Tues.,  Dec. 12, the group will head to Hines for its annual sing-along of holiday songs. All voices are welcome! Words to seasonal favorites are provided. Tra la la la la la la la la.

“The bus leaves promptly from the Post at 6:15PM,” reminds Mike Barbour for the VFW. “Come join us. You will feel so good after we are done caroling. The Veterans are so appreciative.”

And afterward when the bus returns to Naperville, the carolers have been known to celebrate the season with more accordion accompaniment and singing in the canteen back at the Judd Kendall VFW.

For information about Hines visits, call Shaw at (630) 961-3479.

The Judd Kendall VFW is located at 908 W. Jackson Ave., just west of downtown Naperville. And there’s plenty of parking at the rear of the building.


The Judd Kendall VFW is located at 908 W. Jackson Ave.

For more information about committees, scholarships, medical services, blood drives and programs offered by members of the award-winning Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, visit www.napervfw3873.org.

Throughout the year, the facility also hosts educational forums, monthly meetings, taco nights, holiday parties, social events and fish fries provided by the American Legion Post 43 as well as the Judd Kendall VFW.

In addition, the VFW provides space for rental to community groups and individuals for birthday parties, memorial events, weddings, candidate meet-and-greets and so on.

For instance, on the second Tuesday of most months, the Naperville Jaycees meet at 7:30PM upstairs. They often present monthly donations to local nonprofit agencies with proceeds from their fundraisers such as Last Fling.

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