Veterans Alliance Vows to Keep Money Flowing to Those Who Served

New details emerged Tuesday night about an organization formed to help veterans will take over the traditional pre-Election Day breakfast hosted by former Rep. Brian S. Dempsey.

As previously reported by WHAV, the new Veterans Alliance of Greater Haverhill is the brainchild of City Councilor Michael S. McGonagle, who promised to help city veterans raise money when the city’s tagging rules changed and they could no longer collect money on public streets.

Former City Council President Michael W. Hart and McGonagle’s sister Maureen Menzie are volunteers for the organization and members of its Board of Directors.

Its inaugural fundraiser is Sunday, Nov. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Amvets Post 147 at 576 Primrose St.

Tickets to the breakfast are $5, but free for veterans and seniors. Those who attend will have the chance to meet the candidates in Tuesday’s municipal election for mayor, City Council and School Committee, as well as the candidates for the 3rd Essex District House seat to replace Dempsey.

Opportunities to donate to veterans causes will be available at the breakfast, Menzie said, including a custom made wooden American flag that will be assembled by donations from sponsors. Individuals and businesses can become a Stars and Stripes sponsor for $250 or $1,000, respectively. During the breakfast, donors will have the chance to add their star or stripe to the flag. The sponsorship deadline is Oct. 30.

However, a heartfelt thank you to a veteran will mean just as much as a financial donation, Menzie said.

Hart said Haverhill Veterans Agent Michael Ingham also will serve on the organization’s board. Members don’t know yet how their organization will be called on to fulfill the veterans’ needs. He expects the group will receive referrals from organizations that interact with veterans.

Other than expenses for events like the fundraising breakfast, all donations will be used for the veterans.

If you have questions about sponsorship opportunities or volunteering, contact McGonagle at 978-372-4440 or Hart at 978-373-4692.