To create a jubilant celebration that lifts the spirits of the veterans, connecting them with wonderful memories and the community’s appreciation, by creating an incredible barbecue meal and entertainment provided by a corps of grateful volunteers in respect and honor for the veterans.
Photos from our latest event
Launched in 2012 as a cause to serve our Veterans’ and their families, the Big Stick Division of MDI and The Family of Women, VIDC was conceived as a signature, volunteer event to raise awareness and community involvement in assisting and caring for our military veterans.
In its first year the VIDC along with so many patriotic supporters raised more than $30K in sponsorships and in-kind donations. On July 4, 2012, over 200 volunteers prepared and served more than 1,200 BBQ meals to veterans (at bed-side and outpatient), homeless veterans, and veteran’s families. In addition the event featured onstage performances including The Long Beach Symphony, rock band, “Rock for Vets”, plus a Children’s Play Area, a vintage military vehicle display and information booths from community outreach programs.
Since that initial event the VIDC team has participated in serving veterans’ with volunteers and materials at other community events including, Operation Santa Claus and Veteran’s Super Bowl party. Our commitment and willingness to serve veterans’ continues to create incredible results, purpose and benefit the military service veteran community as a whole.