Welcome from the Post Commander


Welcome to Hedrick-Rhodes Post 5206 Hendersonville’s Webpage.  I just wanted to take a minute to let you know that our Post is doing very well.  We have been busily working alongside our Auxiliaries to bring back our past member’s and to welcome those new coming from the fields of combat in recent wars.  As you well know, we need all veteran’s to be out and about talking about veteran’s issues!

We are ramping up on our main programs of this time of year:  Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen, and Teacher of the Year.  All deadlines for submission to the Post are due by midnight November 1rst to the Post.  We want as many candidates as possible with the hopes we will be able to provide a lot of scholarships this year!  Voice of Democracy is an essay contest for grades 9-12 (that includes private and home-schooled children!).  Patriot’s Pen is an essay contest for Middle School age children grades 5-8.  Teacher of the Year is open to all school’s teachers.  In the past, surprisingly, we have had few candidates apply and pick up these scholarships.  Last year, a high schooler from North Carolina finished 3rd nationally and won a $13,000 scholarship!

We are involved in our local communities and are constantly trying to have an impact throughout.  We have recently reached out to candidates from our State Senate and House of Reps to come speak at our Post about their take of issues effecting veteran’s and to just listen to their needs.  October 16th, we will be having Rick Wood, candidate for the State Senate speak at our post at 7PM.  Dinner will be at 6PM for all those veterans and auxiliaries who would like to attend.  Also, on October 25th at 5PM, we will have a Fish Fry Event with Tom Apodaca , Chuck McGrady, and Shelby Mood, candidates for State Senate and House seats.  Please come out and here them speak to our veterans.  The time has come to make our voices heard to our representatives so that they know we work together and make informed decisions about candidates who support veterans.  We shall not be taken for granted!!

Thanks so much and hopefully, as changes come, we will be able to use this venue to share more information with you.


Jim Young

Post Commander, Hedrick-Rhodes Post 5206 Hendersonville

4 thoughts on “Welcome from the Post Commander”

  1. Hi interested in you craft show 12/20/14. Phone listed on site states out of order. Could someone call me to see if there is any spot available or any late cancelations. Thanks ! 7046827638 cell or 7045852129

  2. Claudia J Thedens (T.J. Cooper) said:

    I am working on a 75th Anniversary edition of my book, The Men of the USS Arizona. Your VFW post was named after Paul Henry Hedrick and Mark Alexander Rhodes, both were KIA on board the USS Arizona. I am wondering if you have more information and possibly a photo of these men that I can add to their info in the book. Any info, photo will be attributed to your post.

    Please email me at: dashounds2@comcast.net

    Thank you for your help.

    Claudia J. Thedens (T.J. Cooper)

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