Saturday, January 14, 2023

‘Challenge coins to benefit PTSD research are back’

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.”

President Theodore Roosevelt
July 4, 1903

In very high demand, with supply recently exhausted, our Grand Master’s challenge coin is back!

With the face of Bro. Theodore Roosevelt on the obverse and the Grand Lodge seal on the reverse, the token is a fundraiser for The Battle Within Foundation, the group that supports research into PTSD to help military veterans. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has afflicted thousands of warriors with injuries that cannot be seen. In too many instances, the pain results in suicide.

TR, of Matinecock Lodge 806 in Oyster Bay, is Grand Master Richard Kessler’s favorite U.S. President, I’m told, ergo his smiling face scrutinizing squint on the coin. Senior Grand Deacon Larry Kania is charged with distributing the challenge coins (please pray for him), and he can be reached here. He has 500 to share at $20 each.

What is the Masonic link to The Battle Within Foundation? It is our Grand Master’s sponsored charity, and it was initiated by the brethren of Harmonie Lodge 699 after the suicide of a Brother in 2017. Read more here and here.

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