Back in December 2011, some neighbors who live near the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC got together to volunteer for the first time at something called Big Bucks Bingo. We didn’t realize it, but a tradition was born. Thursday, Aug. 14, marked the 30th time Friends of the Soldiers Home provided volunteers for our monthly game night, now Jingo instead of Bingo. While Friends does many different things, Jingo remains our flagship event. And we haven’t had to cancel yet because of a lack of volunteers, thanks to the wonderful people who come forward. Some of our august, albeit more physically challenged veteran friends need help hearing the clues, seeing their game boards or understanding when they’ve won, so the more volunteers who come, the more veterans are able to play. Thursday may have been our best night yet, as 15 volunteers came forward! Volunteer John Salatti made the evening special by sharing some of his special birthday cake. The night was also fun because it included seven children! This month we feature photos of some of the kids, and residents — Mr. Burroughs and April, Mr. Dozier and De’von, and Mr. Mosesso and Mercer. Photos courtesy of Lori Lincoln, who is the person you should contact if you want to be part of this fun at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.