Growing Together

Growing Together

By Jeanette Lombardo
FVC Executive Director

In 1986, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger established April as the Month of the Military Child. Military life can be very stressful on families in general. For children this stress can be heightened with feelings of abandonment and isolation due to long separations, frequent moves, inconsistent training schedules, and the toll of mental and physical injuries on both the service member and their families. Additionally, many of these children are trying to function normally everyday while having parents in harm’s way after being deployed overseas. Let’s all pray for them, their families, and for peace.

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Refer a Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor, Receive Free or Discounted Ticket

Refer a Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor, Receive Free or Discounted Ticket

With the save-the-date going out last month for this year’s Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference, which is being held November 13-15 in Oklahoma City, work is underway to plan our best conference yet.

While we haven’t released ticket prices yet, we would like to give our farmer veterans an opportunity to receive free admission to the conference by successfully referring a conference sponsor or to receive $100 off for successfully referring a conference exhibitor.

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Planned Gift Leaves Lasting Legacy Through Farmer Veterans

Planned Gift Leaves Lasting Legacy Through Farmer Veterans

Having an estate plan in place provides an opportunity to preserve your legacy and use your finances to make a lasting impact on others. And that’s exactly what Mary Elizabeth Peck planned for as her estate made a very generous donation to Farmer Veteran Coalition earlier this year.

Mary Elizabeth Peck—or M.E. to all who knew her—passed away on March 21, 2019. She was a lifelong resident of Roxbury, Connecticut, and had a very successful 27-year career at the UCONN Health Center where she started as a pathology tech and retired as head of the laboratory.

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Thank You for Thinking of Farmer Veterans on Your Special Day!

Thank You for Thinking of Farmer Veterans on Your Special Day!

We want to give special birthday shoutouts to those who used their birthday to ask for donations for Farmer Veteran Coalition on Facebook—we really appreciate your support!

From January 2022 through March 2022, 10 people raised more than $2,000 in donations to help FVC on our mission of mobilizing Veterans to feed America. We’d like to give a big ‘thank you’ and wish happy birthday to:

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An Update from FVC Executive Director Jeanette Lombardo

An Update from FVC Executive Director Jeanette Lombardo

March has arrived!  Many consider March to be the beginning of spring as it brings the vernal equinox and the return of daylight savings time! The month of March was originally named for the Roman god of war, Mars, and more recently was designated as Women’s History Month. What a coincidence that as I write this newsletter the Pentagon has deployed over 12,000 troops to NATO member nations within a short distance of Ukraine. We all pray for our service members as they complete their duty and serve our nation. 

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2022 Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference Set for November 13-15 in Oklahoma City

2022 Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference Set for November 13-15 in Oklahoma City

Mark your calendars for November 13-15 because the 8th Annual Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference is coming to Oklahoma City! ‘Growing Together’ is the theme for this year’s conference and will be held at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center.

Be on the lookout over the coming weeks as we release more information about rates, breakout sessions, speakers, panels, sponsorship opportunities, the keynote speaker and more.

Native American Farmer Veterans – We Need Your Input

Native American Farmer Veterans – We Need Your Input

Are you a Native American or Alaska Native military veteran that is currently involved in agriculture? If so, we need your input! Through our partnership with the Native American Agriculture Fund, we’re helping to collect critical info to understand the needs of Native veterans involved in food and agriculture production.

If you, or someone you know, fits this description, please take a moment to complete the survey at: https://nativeamericanagriculturefund.org/veterans-survey/.

Meet the Team: Lawrence Rhone Joins FVC Outreach Team

Meet the Team: Lawrence Rhone Joins FVC Outreach Team

A Fayetteville, North Carolina, native, Lawrence Rhone brings an impressive military and farming resume to the FVC team—and that might be an understatement!

As a veteran of the Army during both the Cold War and Gulf War eras, he served in field artillery as a forward observer which included directing close air support. In addition to his time spent sending rounds down range, Lawrence also became a Defense Language Institute certified translator of the German language and remains proficient as a simultaneous translator. Lawrence is also an Office of General Counsel accredited Claims Representative, a member of the National Organization of Veteran’s Advocates (NOVA), and in August 2021, he was appointed to the Advisory Council on Vocational Rehabilitation by the Secretary of the Veteran’s Administration in Washington, D.C.

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2021 Fellowships Announced – 100+ Farms Get a Giant Boost

2021 Fellowships Announced – 100+ Farms Get a Giant Boost

Access to start-up capital is a big challenge for farmers.

A small grant program through the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is helping.

More than 100 farmer veterans received word Friday that they are being awarded equipment thanks to the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. The grant supports veterans in their early years of farming and ranching.

“We directly purchase a piece of equipment the farmer has identified as being critical,” explains Jeanette Lombardo, FVC Executive Director. “Our veterans put their lives on the line to protect us. It’s an honor to help them grow their operations so they can continue to feed their communities.”

Read on for full list of awardees…