Memorial Day is approaching

An amazingly memorable afternoon, so happy we were there to be a part of this event 🇺🇸 Even though the rain was coming down, our President and Marketing Coordinator were determined to attend this honorable event.  So glad we did, we met some very influential Commanders in and around the State of Illinois, including the State Commander!

 

Happy “106” Birthday Richard Lohnes, WWll Veteran

Veterans Cuts joined many other Veterans on the weekend of Saturday, May 4, 2024 to wish Veteran Richard Lohnes a very happy “106” birthday!!!  He is the OLDEST of  “17” WWll Veterans in Tazewell county.  Richard “Dick” Lohnes currently still resides in his own home.  As we drove up he was sitting comfortably on his porch smiling and waving as the bikes, and vehicles pulled up.  One by one we approached Mr. Lohnes and shook his hand personally and wished him a very happy birthday.  What a amazing, chilling afternoon it was.  He was alert and very happy to speak to everyone.  Jackie, our President and Shannon, our Marketing Coordinator were also there.  We supplied Mr. Lohnes with his personal birthday hat, card and a couple of balloons as well.  It truly was amazing to be able to meet such an honorable great veterans of this era.  The stories that were shared, the decorated yard, the span of the bikes traveling to road to Green Valley….truly chilling event.  Thank you Mr. Lohnes for your service Sir….and we hope to see you again next year!!!  

WWll Veterans Celebration in May

Our President and Marketing Coordinator will be attending an event in May that will honor the Tazewell County WWll Veterans.  It’s our understanding that we have 18 in this area.  We’re really looking forward to meeting them and hearing their stories.  There will be additional guests at this event as well.  Stay tuned!

Our “Team” is growing!

I speak for the whole team at Veterans Cuts that we are very proud and lucky to have picked up a new team member.  Meet our new “Marketing Coordinator” Shannon Saal.  She is a perfect fit for our team and I personally can’t wait to see all the exciting things we all will be working on together.  We have already met for lunch twice and shared so many ideas, along with a load of laughter!  She is a very caring person and also very knowledgable when it  comes to military veterans.   

Welcome to the team Shannon!

Does something as simple as a haircut make a difference to our Veterans lives?

This was a letter sent to us from a supporter showing how what we do makes a positive impact on those we serve. This letter shows that Veterans Cuts has a direct positive impact on our veterans, their quality of life and the general betterment of the communities we serve.

*Photo submitted of actual author.

“Hello, and thank you for taking the time to review my proposal. I would like to start by saying that this is a service that all can use, and benefit from. To get to the point, I have chosen to go the veterans helping veterans route. I always believed that in this practice, veterans will simply look out for each other no matter the conditions. My time as a resident was a time for me to set a plan, execute the plan, and use myself as a resource for other veterans as well as homeless individuals who I could help at the same time. Grooming, and self care goes a long way. Considering that homeless and veterans are typically in a position where what their appearance is, generally cuts them out of any chance to progress, and obtain opportunities for their own growth. Being a past resident myself of 17 months, I have had the pleasure of helping my fellow veterans to change that perception. We are visual people, and it is the first judgment we make on everything. If it doesn’t look good, we will often reject it. I was able to get into Barber school to gain my credentials here at Richmond Technical Centre while a resident at Liberation Veteran Housing, in which I’m 4 class days to complete, with the absolute intentions of helping my fellow vets as much as I could. At the same time, I managed to become the house barber, by offering these services while a resident. The effect I was hoping for was working, I didn’t want it to be over when I left. So I revised my plan, and here we are, my services, like in any other shop, are completely voluntary. I have a sliding scale of payment ranging from $5 to $20. I will make myself available 5 days a week. from 8 am to 12 noon. weekends by appt. only. I accept cash,and vouchers. Cards at a later time. There is no cost to Liberation, I provide all tools and supplies. I am vested in my fellow veterans, I am a man of service, if not for my path would be in a different direction. I believe this is my direction. Life is Hard, even harder for the less fortunate, This is my attempt to give back to the community by way of Liberation. Images and Pride , the business of changing images, and instilling pride. No change can happen if you don’t start with self. At the end of the day, this becomes a model for others, shelters and programs, in not only the city of Richmond, but anywhere where veterans or those without are found. Somebody just needs to go first. The process works…it can work better, and I would like to help”

-A.J. Thompson