MARBLE FALLS — While the Marble Falls VFW knows how to throw a bingo party, the members have decided to see how well they also can flip pancakes.
PHOTO: Marble Falls VFW member and veteran Mike Dyer prepares for the Pancake Breakfast on Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the veterans hall, 1001 Veterans Drive in Marble Falls. The meal costs $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under with proceeds helping out veterans. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton
“Everybody knows about our bingo,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars member Mike Dyer. “We give those funds out to the local nonprofits. But now, we’re going to hold this pancake breakfast, so we can help local veterans.”
The first-ever Marble Falls VFW Pancake Breakfast is 8-11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the veterans hall, 1001 Veterans Drive in Marble Falls. It’s across from the Marble Falls Elementary School on RR 1431.
The meal, which includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice, is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.
“The great thing about the money we raise (is it) goes strictly to veterans who need some help,” Dyer said.
The local group doesn’t publicize it much, but the members work hard to help out fellow veterans who might be struggling or facing tough times.
“The other day we had a guy — a young veteran — come by on his way to a job interview in Kerrville. But, he really didn’t have enough money to get there,” Dyer said. “So we gave him $200 to get there and get a hotel room if he needed.”
Dyer rattled off several more incidents for which the Marble Falls VFW offered help to veterans, even if a member had to dip into his own pocket to come up with some cash. The need could be for medical expenses, food, travel or even utilities.
“We’re experiencing an increase in the amount of veterans needing help,” he said. “This pancake breakfast will allow us to help a batch of young veterans.”
While known for its bingo and social events, Dyer said the VFW continues to focus on veterans needs and issues.