Our President, Patricia Allen, has suddenly and sadly passed away.
Patricia Allen, 71, of Palm Harbor, Florida, passed away on August 20, 2018. She was born in Camden, New Jersey and had been a longtime resident of Florida.
Pat met her husband Jim in her home after Christmas 1968. It was truly love at first sight and they eloped six months later in Pennsylvania. They recently celebrated forty-nine years of marriage.
Pat and Jim resided in Florida until Jim reenlisted in the Army in 1972. They were stationed in Germany for six years and it was during their time there that Pat developed a love for Europe. It was also where they welcomed their son, William J. Allen, Jr. into the world. They moved back to Florida in 1980 and have been in Florida ever since.
There were many things Pat loved in life including her husband, family, traveling, her church and she absolutely loved watching her grandchildren play sports. She really enjoyed spending time with her family and her favorite holiday of the year was Christmas. She attended First Christian Church in Clearwater and had been a member there since 1986.
Pat was a Medical Assistant for many years and served on the board of the Florida Medical Assistants of Florida, serving in all of the leadership positions. She has been the Secretary and Treasurer for The Veterans Group of Lake Tarpon since 2010; the President of Veterans Are Foundation (formerly the Veterans Aid Foundation) since 2011; and the facilitator of Bob’s Vets since 2015
She was presided in death by her parents, Charles Albert Patton and Elizabeth Marie Deal; and her sister, Carol Bruce. She is survived by her husband, William J. Allen, Sr.; son William J. Allen, Jr. and his wife Jennifer; sister, Betty Darby; brother, Charles Patton, Jr. and his wife Jackie; grandchildren, Tyler and Bradley Allen; Godchildren, Cathy Sue Bruce and Joe Darby; many nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews and many friends.
The goal of the AVB is to CONNECT our PAST and PRESENT military veterans to our nation’s next generation and FUTURE leaders of America while keeping them true to the Red, White, & Blue. It will also serve and provide veterans of “ALL” the Armed Forces the opportunity to participate in a customary annual event comparable to those of our active service components. The most common denominator that the AVB Founders discovered was that once service members’ transitioned out of their respective branches of service, they experienced a disconnection to these types of traditional comradeship events. Yet, despite of this disconnection many find themselves living out the core values and way of life, as “civilians”, post their active service contribution.
Documentation of The Veterans Are Foundation's (originally formed as Veterans Aide Foundation) certification as a registered 501(c)3 public charity can be found on the IRS website. The change in our name came about after finding we had to clarify that the word "Aide" was spelled with an "e" on way too many occasions. We are excited about our plans and you should be too. The VAF is about to do great things for our country and our Heroes of Service.
Any contribution that you make to VAF is FULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE up to the legal limits of the law!