Signers of the covenant Barbara Edelman, Mid-Atlantic Commissioner, Sherrie Irwin, Financial Secretary, Joseph Irwin Mid-Atlantic Veterans Affairs, Blair Stonier Scottish-American Military Society, Reverend Peter Hook, State Chaplain PA VFW, William Irwin, DoD KW 60th Commemoration Ambassador, Bill Reid, Karen Reid, Mid Winter Scottish/Irish Musical Festival, Dan Ocko, PA Wounded Warriors Inc, Cory Etchberger, Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove. In addition to the official document, CIA Mid-Atlantic obtained 42 additional names from community members wishing to show their support.
Clan Irwin Association Mid-Atlantic Region puts pen to paper to formalize support to support those that serve, Veterans and their Families.
The Secretary of the Army created the Army Community Covenant in 2008 to formalize support from local communities across America. The program is designed to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Military (all services, active, reserve and guard) to improve the quality of life for Military members, Veterans and their Families.
The Community Covenant is purely symbolic, but carries a deep moral commitment and provides the platform to strengthen relationships and inspire support.
A Community Covenant signing ceremony is an opportunity to bring community members together for a public commitment, recognize current programs and services, and inspire new local initiatives.
It is important to remember that the Community Covenant is more than a signing ceremony; it is an enduring program made possible through the continued commitment of those who sign a covenant and pledge support.
How do we implement our Covenant? Some ideas include:
Conduct a community focus group with Service Members and their Families to understand their specific needs then work with local organizations/groups to connect the need to a solution.
Develop a local on-going Community Covenant committee that meets regularly to collaborate and coordinate community-based programs and services for Service Members and their Families. Ensure Military Families are on the committee.
Implement a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program (http://www.btyr.org) or similar initiative which creates awareness for the purpose of connecting Service Members and their Families with community support, training, services and resources.
Clan Irwin Association Mid-Atlantic has partnered with The Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove, The State Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. To continue our mission to support and serve those who give so much of themselves and their families to serve us.