OPERATION CALJOP HELPS  SUPPORT VETERANS IN JOPLINOPERATION CALJOP HELPS  SUPPORT VETERANS IN JOPLIN

FOLLOW THE VETERANS CLUB'S MISSION TO JOPLIN

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Posted on August 22, 2011

Check the mission’s status at BurnPit, the American Legion's blog site.

The Veterans Club at California University of Pennsylvania is on a mission to aid fellow military veterans in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo.

Club members will drive from Cal U to Joplin, stopping along the way to solicit funds for the Missouri veterans at American Legion posts. Operation CALJOP (California/Joplin) will take the Veterans Club members to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.

The group will depart from Cal U on Aug. 24. Club members will arrive in Joplin on Aug. 26 to meet with veterans and deliver the donations.

On a similar mission last year, the Cal U Veterans Club traveled to Michigan for the University’s first varsity football game of the season. Along the way, the veterans raised more than $1,750 for Jackie Syverson, a Cal U graduate student whose husband was killed while on active duty.

“This year we are changing gears just a little bit,” says Capt. Robert Prah, director of California University’s Office of Veterans Affairs. “We decided to focus our mission on veterans in need. Our goal this year is to raise $2,500 for Joplin’s veterans and their families.”

Howard Spiva, commander of the Robert S. Thurman Post 13 in Joplin, has told Prah that dozens of veterans lost everything when devastating storms swept through his community on May 22. More than 150 people were killed.

In addition to collecting donations, the Cal U veterans hope their journey will raise awareness of the American Legion’s national mission to support and serve veterans of all wars. On the road they will wear T-shirts highlighting the Legion’s “4 Pillars of Service.”

Prah intends to post updates about the group’s progress on BurnPit, the American Legion’s blog site.