Friends of the Soldiers Home Guide for the Fourth of July, 4 pm-9:30 pm Celebration at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington



Sponsors: Anheuser Busch, DCCX

Location: Enter Armed Forces Retirement Home at Randolph Road and Rock Creek Church Road in Washington, D.C. For navigation, use 340 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

Performance Times:
4pm: DJ Billy White aka The Music Man
7:45pm: Hoke County, N.C. High School Band
9:07pm: National Mall Fireworks (New location, not sure about the view!)

4-8:30pm: bounce house, obstacle course, swashbuckler, jumbo connect 4
4-7pm: catch-and-release pond fishing (bring your own bait, gear)
4-8:30pm: Asian Community Service Center Craft Table
5-7:30pm: facepainting
6pm: patriotic bike decoration contest judging
7pm: Kids get flags free to wave in a parade behind marching band!

Food/Drink: Timer Pizza, Hardy’s BBQ, The Big Cheese, Ooo Dat Chicken, Captain Cookie, Anheuser Busch
Weather: 87 degrees, chance of scattered storms
Cost: Free if you walk or bike in. Friends of the Soldiers Home requests a $10 donation per carload for drivers

Volunteer: To volunteer for part of the event:

Pets: Sorry, you must leave pets at home

A Very Special Thanks to the staff and residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home for making this event possible, and to the Capital Chapter of the Nam Knights of America for volunteer support


Late May Outdoor Beauty Makes FOSH-Veteran Meetup Extra Special


We had a great time at AFRH-W’s monthly Happy Hour event. Thank you to AFRH staff for the opportunity to volunteer at the Soldiers Home. Five Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers helped serve food and drinks to residents and assisted in cleanup after the event. Thank you to the Home’s residents for your service and being so welcoming toward visitors and volunteers!

To get added to the Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteer opportunity list, write Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Nearly 700 Celebrate Armed Forces Day With Spring Fling at AFRH Campus



Friends of the Soldiers Home held the seventh annual Spring Fling on the sun-splashed campus of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington on May 18, 2019. Nearly 700 people came out for games, food, music and drink. Community residents and Soldiers Home residents celebrated side by side on Armed Forces Day. It was a truly special event!

Photos courtesy of Kent Boese, Lauren Kessler, Liz Cocke and Peter Grattan

FOSH’s March Volunteering `Madness’ Wraps Up With Three Events


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After a really fun Saloon Night in March, Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers participated in three additional events during the month — Happy Hour, Bowling Night and Jingo. At each activity, we had a fantastic time connecting with the wonderful veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. We also enjoyed seeing our fellow volunteers from the Nam Knights and Catholic University. April is young. To join us for some events this month — or in some other upcoming month — check out our calendar at and express your interest in attending to Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thank you Lori for these wonderful photos!

Tickled Ivories, Tickled Fancies at FOSH Saloon Night in March



George Gerich made the piano keys jump at the March version of Saloon Night With Friends. Soldiers Home residents enjoyed great music and pizza while Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers mingled and enjoyed the fun. Join us for Saloon Night, which is always the first Tuesday of each month. Mark your calendars for April 2, when Saloon Night will feature team trivia!

Write volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com for details.

Photos courtesy of Lori Lincoln

FOSH Volunteers Had Great Fun at Evening Filled With Dance and Chocolate


Some Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers felt so blessed to be part of the RT Chocolate Lovers’ Social, which took the place of the regular Happy Hour on Feb. 26. Resident Billy White spun tunes and many danced, and volunteers from Catholic University, the Nam Knights and Miss D.C. and Miss Foggy Bottom made the evening extra special. As usual, the AFRH staff did a fantastic job to make the evening memorable.

Thanks to Lori Lincoln, the Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteer coordinator, for all these great photos!

January’s Jingo Night Not Just a Trivial Matter for FOSH Volunteers



We were thrilled to welcome six first-time volunteers at Jingo Night in January. This is always one of our favorite monthly volunteer events through Friends of the Soldiers Home because we get to work one-on-one with elderly veterans who have served our nation so well. The event is kid friendly, which is a wonderful way for young ones to rack up those much-needed volunteer hours for school. Lots of people wonder, “What is Jingo?” When they show up, they realize that Jingo is like bingo, but with a trivia question added. Fun! The next opportunity is Thursday evening, Feb. 14. Hmm, I sense a Valentine’s Day theme will be coming for that game! Join us by dropping a line to Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.