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During the 2007 Learning Seminar Jim Wilsford gave an evening class about making canes for our wounded service personnel. He explained how this idea started with the EOWCA (Eastern Oklahoma Wood Carving Association) and now other states are making canes and sending them to Veteran's hospitals. We were so impressed with this program that the MWCA executive board voted approval to sponsor a "Military service personnel cane project"
We hope to have MWCA clubs participate by hosting cane making seminars in their area. These are not just decorative canes, but are intended to assist our wounded military personnel, so make them sturdy.
MWCA requests that our members work through us on this project. Volunteers will be personalizing the canes for the receipient by having his/her service emblem, along with other information, that the veteran/requester will be furnishing us. We will make arrangements with the requester for delivery of the finished canes. If desired, you will be supplied with a photo of the finished cane after supplying an email addres to the project leader. You are also invited to make the presentation to the recipient if you are able to do so.
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MWCA Project Team
Cane Researchers/Artisans - Dave Copeman, Harold Green, Ed Hak, Fred Turner, Bill Hastings, (retired Harold Joseph)
Wood Carvers - All over Michigan
Almont, Mi. 48003
Donations of money for materials and shipping are welcomed. Contact Bill Phillips
1. All World War 11 Veterans are eligible if they received the World War 11 Victory Medal. Must include a copy of the discharge & separation papers w/MWCA cane request form.
2. Korean War Veterans who served in Korea or adjacent waters and awarded the Korean Service Medal. Must include a copy of the DD 214 discharge papers w/MWCA cane request form.
3. Vietnam War Veterans who served in Vietnam or adjacent waters and awarded the Vietnam Service Medal. Must include a copy of the DD 214 discharge papers w/MWCA cane request form.
4. Veterans of the War on Terrorism – Post 9-11 to present who have been awarded a Purple Heart for injuries along w/MWCA cane request form.
We will continue to try to use an eagle head from a carver in the general area that the cane request comes from. We will also honor request from carvers to use their eagle head on relatives or friends of the carver if noted with the carving & cane request form.
To date, over 1200 canes have been presented by MWCA.