News from the National Convention - Monday, July 20, 2015
The "Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW" has now become the "VFW Auxiliary" - since the National Convention just approved male members to join the organization effective on August 21st. This has the potential to double our resources so that we can do more for our veterans. Let the people in your community know, and to call for qualified male members to submit applications. We want to get these new members approved at our August meetings, and mail to Jeanne Gilbert in time for her to send them to National on the first day that they will accept them. Let's be the first!
Poker Run planned - Saturday - July 25, 2015
The American Legion Riders is holding a Poker Run to benefit veterans charities. It will begin at 11:30 am on Saturday, July 25th at Locked and Loaded Bar and Grill in Garner, and end at our Post with hot dogs and hamburger. Come and joint the fun, or just come for the meal. This is a good run folks! Don't miss it!
Lessons of Vietnam Symposium - July 24, Sept 25 and Nov 10, 2015, 7:00 PM
The NC Vietnam Veterans Inc. (NCVVI) and Nissan Communications are proud to present a series of Vietnam War Symposiums to be held at the NC Museum of History. They will be held over the next few month, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Topics will be: July 24 - Vietnam, the Women who served, on September 25 - Vietnam, The Black Experience and on November 10 - Vietnam, The People Who Waited. Admission is Free, but donations are appreciated. Recording of these sessions will be broadcast on demand - (see more info)
VFW National competitions available for students - deadline Nov 1, 2015
The VFW has announced the themes for the 2015-16 national competitions for students. Begun in 1946-47, the annual Voice of Democracy contest asks high school students to record an original speech on the theme: "My Vision for America." The Patriot's Pen competition is opened to middle school students who write an essay on the theme: "What Freedom Means to Me." The deadlines for both of these competitions are Nov 1st. Read more about the rules.
Scheduled Fund Raisers for new Post home building fund:
Many of the following fund raisers are at the Post or at various locations in the community. Pleaes support as many as you can, either by working at them, or attending them.
- 2nd Friday of each month - Monthly meals - 6:00 PM - during the summer we will have a summer salad bar set up for $10
- July 22 - Buffalo Wild Wings in Garner
- More in the works
New Post Home takes a step forward!!
On Feb 13 our Post signed the papers to transfer the property to our name. (see our Facebook page) So we are now the proud owners of the land. There are lots of additional steps to take, but now we can move forward with the next steps. Follow along on the progress and learn where you can help in supporting this effort. (read more)
Make a donation
Monthy meals - 6:00 PM, 1st and 2nd Friday of each month
Our Auxiliaries are holding fund raisers on the 1st and 2nd Friday of each month to raise funds. The first one each month is run by the Men's Auxiliary, and the 2nd one is sponsorded by the Ladies Auxiliary to purchase all new barstools for the new Post home. The menu for the first meal varies each month. The 2nd one the Ladies are running to raise money specifically to purchase new barstools. During the summer months, the menu will consist of ligher salad fare, available for $8 per bowl, or you can get an unlimited deal for $10 - so you can try all four! Volunteer cooks should sign up at the Post, so we are asured of enough volunteers each month to bring one of the meals. And we can always use help with serving and clean-up.
VFW National Charter updated to reflect today's military - Nov 21, 2014
VFW Charter Change Becomes Law: The president signed the VFW's new charter into law last week. The two requested changes - replacing men with veterans, and widows with surviving spouses - was prompted by Resolution 301 passed at the VFW's 115th National Convention in July, and supported by two companion bills introduced by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and House VA Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.).
VA Choice Program Rollout - ongoing
VA is posting regular data updates showing progress on its efforts to accelerate access to quality health care for Veterans who have been waiting for appointments. Read more.
Military OneSource - ongoing
Are you familiar with Military OneSource? This resource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members (regardless of activation status), and their families. It's a virtual extension of installation services, which is a confidential program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood services. Visit the website today or call 800-342-9647.
Birthday night returns - 4th Friday of each month
Come join us on the 4th Friday of each month for our monthly Birthday Nights. Come out an celebrate your special day, or that of your friends. The activies start at 7:00 PM and a birthday cake will be provided.
Thanks to our many volunteers - Ongoing
Each month, many of our members work at the Post and in the community to support our veterans. To thank them all in each edition of the Post Newsletter, takes a lot of room - due to the number of people to thank. So we are now listing them here, with a big Thank You, so we don't miss anyone. Check out who we thanked this month.
Supporting our Military
View this inspiring presentation from the third graders of Tussing Elementary, Colonial Heights, Virginia. At the end of the song you can order the sheet music.
Our Post has several family members serving in the War on Terror. Also, the Post has adopted three Military units based from Garner, Cary and Knightdale US Army Reserve Centers.
Click here or on the yellow ribbon at the top of every page, to see how you can support our service personnel and their families.
Watch this excellent video of why we do what we do to support our military