Some But Not All The Programs Sponsored By La Societe
Militaire (Military Travelers) founded a Child Welfare Program in 1923 to ease the pain and suffering of those children whose
fathers never returned or who were unable to care for their needs after the "Big War." Today, this program has grown to include
all children with emergent needs, and our efforts amount to over eight millions of dollars annually.
The Youth Sports
Program was established in 1994. Through this program, the 40/8 provides financial assistance in the form of grants to individual
athletes or teams who lack the funds required to attend and participate in amateur sports programs. This program encompasses
all amateur sports programs for all youths from to 20 years of age.
In 1955, the
Voyageurs Militaire, recognizing the shortage of Registered Nurses, adopted a program to provide financial assistance, in
the form of scholarships, to those individuals who enrolled for this training. With 2,131 students receiving over $1,100,000
in scholarships this past year, the FORTY & EIGHT has granted in excess of $20,000,000 and graduated over 23,000 Registered
Nurses since the inception of this program.
As one of their
ongoing programs, the Voyageurs Militaire offer continuing support of the publication, "The Carville Star," which disseminates
the information regarding the research into Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) taking place in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. There they have been successful in isolating, controlling and soon, through their research,
the development of a vaccine to prevent Hansen's Disease. "The Star" is published at the former United States Public Health
Service Hospital located in Carville, Louisiana. This patient-published publication carries the research works of not only
this center, but those of the rest of the world, and is translated into and forwarded to 128 countries in addition to
a circulation of more than 60,000 in the United States.
By virtue of
being veterans who have served their country in its time of greatest need, the fun-loving, hard-working Voyageurs Militaire
maintain a strong commitment to the American way of life. Americanism projects, respect for the flag, Constitution, Law and
Order and the proven willingness to defend these principles is evident in the day-to-day activities of members of our society.
The Forty &
Eight, as are most Veterans Organizationas, is an active member and participant in the VAVS program. As part of this program,
Voyageurs (called Deputy Representatives) visit the Veteran Administration Medical Centers on a regular basis, where they
give comfort and assistance to, or just visit with, the hospitalized veterans. The Forty & Eight has adopted an additional
program for these veterans, called "Keep Those Wheelchairs Rolling." Under this program, the VAVS Representative writes a
brief letter outlining a "need" of the patients. These "needs" may cover a project, equipment or comfort and convenience items
needed by the hospitalized veterans. The entries are then judged on the need and benefit to the patients, and those selected
receive the item(s) requested, courtesy of the National Box Car Association.
Box Car Association (NBCA) is an independent association within the Forty & Eight which raises funds by selling Crew or
Associate Membership Cards. All funds raised by the Association are used within the year they are obtained. The National Box
Car Association supports several special projects at Promenade Nationale (National Convention). Each year, a party for special
children is planned at the host city. These special children and their escorts are treated to lunch, train rides and entertainment
provided by HOBO Clowns and bands. The entire cost of this party is paid by the NBCA from the funds collected in their annual
membership drive. Another project at Promenade Nationale, is a monetary donation made to the local VAVSHospital or Clinic. This contribution usually goes to the Patient Services area.
The NBCA also contributes large amounts to the various programs of Voiture Nationale (National Headquarters), such as the
Boland Nurses Training Trust Fund and the Charles Ardery Child Welfare Trust Fund. Monies are also given to the other programs
which may require assistance, such as the Membership Committee, Forty & Eighter Magazine, Law Officer of the Year Program
and many others.
of the National POW/MIA Program is to raise funds in Honor of the Servicemen & Women who were Prisoners of War, or are
considered Missing in Action while serving in the defense of the United States of America, or its allies during times of armed conflict. The funds are raised to facilitate the formation
and continuance of a Scholarship Trust Fund for the direct descendants of verifiable POW/MIA Servicemen and Women. Scholarships
are limited to the Veteran, the Spouse of the veteran, children, and grandchildren of the veteran.
The Boland Nurses
Scholarship Trust was founded to provide additional scholarship support to those Voitures Locale who have exhausted their
scholarship funds but who still have qualified individuals applying for scholarships. The trust is administered by Voiture
Nationale, and all determinations regarding the awarding of scholarship grants are made by the Boland Trust Committee consisting
of three (3) members of La Societe. Only those Voitures Locale who have an official Nurses Training Program in place may apply
to the Boland Trust for further assistance, as the Trust Fund is intended as a supplement to, and not a replacement for, a
local nurses training program.