Here in the 18th District we have learned to work together for the good of veterans, veterans families and those that currently serve in uniform. . We do our best to present a positive image to our communities. The tale I am about to tell will convey our working together message. The Dept of Mo VSIO Program began several years ago and Post 3770 Service Officer Ed Hawley was asked to be the first District 18 VSIO and he still serves in that capacity much to the betterment of District 18 and the veterans that live in the district. The program was new and no one knew exactly how to proceed to implement the program successfully. Comrade Hawley started seeking different events and festivals in the little towns of District 18 to set up a booth to talk to veterans. He met with success and was able to gather many referrals to help get veterans started receiving benefits from the VA. Bill Moriarty of Mtn View Post 3009 soon noticed and decided that Comrade Hawley was on the level and truly wanted to help veterans. Comrade Moriarty joined Comrade Hawley in his efforts and the effort has mushroomed into a highly effective District 18 VSIO Program. Their efforts are rewarded with the knowledge that they have made positive changes in veterans lives in District 18. There are many upcoming fairs and festivals still to come this fall in District 18 and they have plans to be at several. They were joined a couple of years ago by a fairly new member to Post 3770, Ruth Vaughn. Comrade Vaughn is now the Post Service Officer for Post 3770 in Mtn Grove and the District 18 Women’s Veteran Service Officer and she has been active at many of the events that are held throughout the district as well.
Now Comrades Hawley and Moriarty have embarked upon a new type event that they had not tried in the past. Isabella Post 5366 and Ladies Auxiliary is working on a joint fundraiser with the “Ozark County Cruisers” to raise funds for “Wounded Warriors” and “Patriot Paws”. This will be the 3rd Annual Cruise-In for cars, motorcycles and golf carts and Comrades Hawley, Moriarty & Vaughn will be there working a booth to contact veterans and assist them in obtaining benefits due them.
Left to right – Bill Moriarty, Shelley McEvoy and Ed Hawley at Isabella Post 5366
Tuesday, August 28, Comrades Hawley and Moriarty traveled to Isabella Post 5366 to meet up with Ladies Auxiliary Sister Shelley McEvoy and her husband Comrade Gary McEvoy of Post 5366.. Comrade Moriarty drove over an hour to reach Comrade Hawley’s house in Norwood and then they traveled together for over an hour to reach Isabella, Mo. All this driving and time just to plan how they would meet the upcoming event. This is indicative of all the events they take part in – planning is the key to success.
Bill Moriarty and Ed Hawley at the site of the upcoming event.
Comrade Hawley standing in the hall of the facility where the booth will be located.
Comrade Moriarty, Sister McEvoy and Comrade Hawley with the sign of the facility the event will take place.