FOSH Volunteers Share Cool Breeze, Corn Hole With Soldiers Home Veterans


Friends of the Soldiers Home has been sending volunteers to the Armed Forces Retirement Home’s monthly Happy Hour event for about seven years now, and on the evening of Aug. 27 we were privileged to have a group of five from the community participate in the Home’s special activity. FOSH volunteers had a wonderful time with residents as they hung out on the roof of the Scott Building and enjoyed the cool breeze. Corn Hole was the game of the night, as team after team worked to win the prize. There were also those who just relaxed and enjoyed drinks, snacks and conversation. What’s next? Be sure to join FOSH for Saloon Night at the Home on Tuesday, Sept. 3, as local talent Herb Scott supplies jazz with his fabulous saxophone. To volunteer, write Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Photos and words courtesy of Liz Cocke.  

Saloon Night Series Rocks for FOSH in May, June and July


Friends of the Soldiers Home’s Saloon Night series continues to be one of FOSH’s most popular programs. Friends rocked the Defender’s Inn at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington with a patriotic sing-along by acoustic performer Alan Bjerga in July, with a soulful performance by singer Geneva Renee in June, and a rollicking guitar set by Julia Kasdorf in May.

Friends of the Soldiers Home provided pizza and drinks, and FOSH volunteers served the good with a smile — then sometimes hit the dance floor with Soldiers Home residents. The fun continues Tuesday Aug. 6, at 6:30 pm with competitive Team Trivia. FOSH volunteers join wits with residents to see who wins bragging rights by correctly answering challenging questions dreamed up by Zach Hartman. If you would like to be part of the fun and volunteer for this event, contact FOSH Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

See you at Trivia Night!

Soggy July 4 Doesn’t Slow Down Patriotic Celebration at Soldiers Home-DC



The 1,200 people who braved rainy weather for a spirited July 4 celebration at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington weren’t sorry. They enjoyed a great view of the fireworks, a fantastic performance by the Hoke County, N.C. marching band, a fine showing by the Home’s resident DJ Billy White. There were also plenty of games, food and drinks. Friends of the Soldiers Home would like to thank everyone who participated in the great day!

Photos courtesy of Liz Cocke and John Hughes.

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!