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Military Appreciation Day – Nov 14th

PNC Bank is celebrating the armed services with a Military Appreciation event at local branches on Friday, November 14th, 2014.  Military personnel, veterans, and retired are invited to enjoy light refreshments as they show support fo our Hometown heroes and their families.


The Chapel Hill PNC Bank University Mall Branch is permitting the Carolina Veterans Organization at UNC to place a food drive box to accept food donations as part of the the CVO food drive on Friday, November 14.  Learn more about this event by viewing the PNC Bank Military appreciation event flyer.


Want to help?  Just drop by the bank and drop off non-perishable food.  While there, enjoy some light refreshments.




Carolina Game Day Fun  0

Older veterans are active veterans.  Why is that?  Sure, young vets are active too, but older veterans seem to be very active in their communities.

None of them earn a salary, compensation, or special benefits for their work.  They get up early in the morning and head out to visit other veterans, work helping others, fix a vets’ home, visit the sick, and raise money for their churches, schools, local teams, and veterans.


Elmer Hughes on station
Elmer Hughes on station

An each University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill home game you will find a 92 year-old Army Air Corps World War II veteran sitting on a street corner downtown.  “Have a Poppy, Wear a Poppy…  Wear a Buddy Poppy for a Veteran…”  He repeats this over and over again.  No he doesn’t sell them, he just gives them away.  The VFW never sells a Buddy Poppy.  We do, however, pay hospitalized veterans to produce them.


Quite often a gathering from a nearby sorority will see him and the young ladies will gather around him.  Many times they poise for personal pictures.  Elmer Hughes has a ball.  You never see him without a smile.  Come rain or shine he is there.  His reward is the sound made when canister emits the sound of a dollar or two ruffling as it is pushed into the can.   Sometimes it is a $20 bill.

Sitting just across from Elmer, on the other side of the walkway, is his son, Elmer.  He is a veteran who served during Vietnam.  He drives 35 miles to join his dad on game day.  He watches him draw a crowd and just  smiles.  They have a friendly competition and dad seems to always do better.  It must be his smile, his kind word, and or maybe his pleasant voice.


We watch in awe.  We can’t figure it out.  Could it be his fancy western boots?  While we ponder, the girls keep coming, gathering, chatting, and posing with the Buddy Poppy guy.


The Hughes family raised over a thousand dollars for the Chapel Hill Post’s Veterans Assistance Fund last year.  That money put a new roof on a house for an aged Korean War vet and a laptop in the hands of a recent sand box vet as he entered college.  Elmer also motivates our younger veterans to get out and about where they can make a difference.

That’s what we do best–help others.   If you are a returning vet, give the Veterans of Foreign Wars a look.  We need you and our North Carolina veterans need you too.  Give us a look.  Stay awhile.  Maybe you will get a chance to watch Elmer in action on game day.

Looking for Vets Needing Work  0

Jobs are scarce and local vets are  looking for work. Our post gets requests for help in locating workers. This is just one of them. It may not be a job that you can do or even want to do, but we, as Veterans of Foreign Wars members, get out and about. We meet people and share information all the time.  Here is your chance to help someone.

Share this job offering to vets you meet. Share it with your friends at church and in the community. They may know of someone who knows someone, ….

You can then feel the pride knowing that they will say, “I got this job because the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  They helped me find it.” There is no greater reward than helping someone who really needs a helping hand. Here is the offer:

Williams Landscape Services, Inc. of Chapel Hill is seeking landscape workers for commercial, residential and multi-family properties. We provide maintenance and installation services for landscapes, hardscapes, irrigation and drainage.

Job includes operating power equipment such as riding mowers, walk behind mowers, string trimmers, edgers, blowers, trencher, hedge trimmers and aerators; and hand tools such as backpack sprayers, rakes and shovels.

Applicants must have the ability to read, write and follow instructions. They must be able to track project work and time on work order forms.

Applicants must have a valid North Carolina driver license with a good driving record and be able to drive a pickup truck with a trailer.

Applicants must be drug free.

Some landscape experience is preferred.

Work schedule generally is Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Some overtime is required during busy seasons. Following a 90 day probation period we provide holiday, sick time and vacation pay.

Contact Brad Williams for an application or more information. Telephone 919-369-3324 or e-mail

Ken Robinson
Williams Landscape Services, Inc.

Walking the Walk  0

For a very small post with few members and no post home in a liberal college town, we are not doing bad.  We have found our niche–service to others.

Vietnam Veteran shares unit photos with Jr Vice Cdr Gill at local event
Vietnam Veteran shares unit photos with Jr Vice Cdr Gill at local event

Service to others has motivated and strengthen us, because we can see the results.  We are making a difference and that is what we are about.

This past month we have assisted a local returning veteran with a special request for a laptop.  He just arrived in the area with his family after deployment and is now studying.  His laptop died just as school started and he needed help.  We were there for him.  But there is more…

During this post year, we have

  • Raised over $4,000 for our Veterans Relief Fund.
  • Given out thousands of Buddy Poppies
  • Put a new roof on a veteran’s home and helped find resources for improving the rest of his home.
  • Contributed Fisher House
  • Collected canned goods for homeless veterans
  • Contributed to Wounded Warriors
  • Raised money for hospitalized amputees in North Carolina
  • Assisted veterans in need
  • Donated to the VFW National Home for Children, North Carolina House
  • Contributed to the Fisher House Foundation in Camp Lejeune and Ft. Bragg
  • Contributed countless service hours to local charities
  • Donated to the VA Medical Center for support of homeless or in need veterans
  • Provided entertainment and funds for hospitalized and palliative care patients
  • Purchased and placed flags on graves
  • Supported VFW Programs in the community
  • Visited and supported aged vets in nursing homes
  • Funded special Unmet Needs for local veterans.

What do we get out of our efforts?  We have grown in strength, pride and purpose.  Our older members feel younger.  They are doing things they thought impossible.  Our young feel motivated.  They see the benefits of teamwork and sharing.  All of us stand taller, prouder, and stronger.  We are walking the walk, not talking the talk.

How about you?  Are you a “boots on the ground” veteran?  If you have served in a conflict area (above, on, or under the ground or sea), we are looking for you.


Post Supports National Home for Children  0

The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children, Eaton Rapids, Michigan, is doing well and and we are proud to be able to support the home by supporting the North Carolina Cottage.

This year, we have contributed $500.00 from our fund raising efforts.  The National Home has an antiquated telephone system and it will be replaced soon.  Our donation to the home is earmarked for support of the cost of the new phone system in the North Carolina Cottage.

Learn more about the National Home for Children

Turkey Trot Just Days Away  0

We are getting closer to Veterans Day weekend and a full five day schedule of events in Chapel Hill to honor our veterans.  We are especially excited about the opportunity to co-sponsor UNC Chapel Hill Campus Recreation’s Turkey Trot on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th. This is a 5K run or one mile fun walk.

The decision to honor veterans and to promote the need to help homeless veterans will help  a lot of local veterans.  Runners and walkers sign-up and in lieu of a monetary fee, they will contribute canned or other non-perishable food item.  We were able to gain the support of the Durham Rescue Mission and they will receive the food, on behalf of homeless veterans.  The Durham Rescue Mission cares for and provides assistance to about 50 homeless veterans at any given time.

Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. at UNC Rams Head Plaza on campus.  The run begins at 10 a.m.  We will be distributing Buddy Poppies to all participants and observers.  This is an excellent opportunity to share the Veterans of Foreign Wars and our efforts to help others.  Are you available to spend a little time with us?  We expect about 1,000 people on campus.  Over 250 people preregistered before the press releases were prepared.

Be sure to wear your VFW cap and a military jacket or clothing item.  It is time to be proud to be a veteran helping students and staff help us help others.

Watch this video by Katie Gerdon, UNC student videographer, on this fun event.  If you like it, share it!  It’s on our post’s FaceBook site.  Let’s see if we can get a super huge turnout for the Turkey Trot.

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Turkey Trot at UNC Benefits Homeless Vets – Nov 11th  0

Mark your calendars and spend Veterans Day on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The students are sponsoring a Veterans’ Day Turkey Trot. Registration starts at 9 a.m. on November 11th and the run begins at 10 a.m.

We have partnered with the UNC Campus Recreation Department and our American Legion brothers to make this event possible.  Post members will distribute Buddy Poppies and assist with the can goods.

Bring a large can and make an even bigger difference

Participants can run for 5K or walk a mile.  This is open to everyone and many have already registered.  Our post is partnering with the UNC Campus Recreation Department to sponsor this event.

The fee to participate is canned food!  You drop off canned and other non-perishable food and the food covers your entry fee.  All of the food will be received by veterans from our post and from the Durham Rescue Mission.  The Durham Rescue Mission is now serving 50 veterans in transition.  They are outstanding supporters of the homeless and needing in our area.  Learn more

Let’s be generous with our cans.  When you are in Walmart, Kroger, Sams Club, Harris Teeter or Food Lion, look for the large number 10 tins.  There is a great need to fill the mission’s pantry.  They are feeding a lot of people every day.  They are not just caring for them on a holiday.

A copy of the event flyer can be downloaded here.  View Turkey Trot Flyer

For all event details, including parking directions and how to register for the event, please visit

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Ed Gill Receives Village Pride Award  0

Chapel Hill local radio station  WCHL 1360 AM  radio morning host Ron Stutts announces each day a Hometown Hero and winner of the Village Pride Award.  Our very own Edward Gill, Junior Vice Commander, was honored with this award on September 25, 2012.

We are very proud of Ed Gill for receiving this award and for bringing attention to our the efforts of local veterans in Chapel Hill and Orange County.  He was recognized for the many projects he has done in our community to serve veterans, homeless, veterans in nursing homes, the community, and our post.  Ed Gill also recently was honored with the North Carolina Department’s Legionnaire of the Year Award (2012) for his efforts in the community, post, Scouts, and with veterans.

You can listen to the radio broadcast by visiting WCHL’s website,  Hear broadcast.

Taking Care of Others  0

Our post is blessed with active, caring members. We get involved in the community and raise Veteran Relief funds for the benefit of veterans, their families, and our community. We help hospitalized veterans, hospice veterans, homeless veterans, two North Carolina Fisher Houses, our brothers at the American Legion and others. But, we always strive to do more.

The Post stepped out of the box this past month to tackle a project designed to help a local Korean War veteran. We were approached by Bill Munsee of the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors’ Fix-A-Home project. The association reaches out to the community each year by fixing up a home of a person in need. We were asked to assist in locating a veteran.

Korean War veteran Jack Neville of Carrboro was an ideal candidate. We learned about his need through a personal visit to help him locate replacement military service separation paperwork. His home had a leaking roof that damaged the interior of his bungalow. There was ceiling, wall, and carpeting damage. The repairs were far greater than he could handle without help. We supported his candidacy for this year’s Fix-A-Home project.  (Jack Neville is not now a member or our post, but has expressed interest in joining.)

A review of Jack Neville’s home repair needs was made and we soon learned that the scope would be larger than normal. The most important part was to re-roof the house to protect the interior. Bill Munsee asked for our help with the roof. He could get the labor, but there was still the cost of materials.

Our post took on the funding of the roof by approaching other potential benefactors. We found help right down the street from Jack Neville. Mac Fitch of Fitch Lumber Company, Carrboro, funded and provided the underlayment, a roof ridge vent system, and roof vent seals. We were still missing the most important part, the shingles.

Post 9100 took a look at the cost of the materials and we were able to fund a low-quality shingle. We discussed our options and approved $500 from our Veterans’ Relief Funds toward the materials. Next, Mark Summner stood up in the meeting and made a “pass the hat” challenge with $20 to start the collection. Fives, tens, twenties and a fifty dollar bill soon filled the hat. We raised an additional $220 to replenish our relief fund and to ensure we had enough to buy the shingles.

As this writer likes to say, “Wait, wait, there’s more!”

We returned to Fitch Lumber with cash in hand and an idea. “Was it possible to get the CertainTeed distributor to provide materials with a special discount for this project.” Mac Fitch had already stepped up to personally help us and we asked him to help us stretch our cash in hand. Mac made no promises, but he did reach out to his distributor. The result was beyond our expectations. We obtained a 30-year shingle for the project and we remained within budget!

While we were working on materials, Bill Munsee was busy lining up a roofing team to install the roof and we now had the materials for him. Tri-City Insulation, Herndon Construction, and Thomas Roofing Company teams cleared the old shingles, repaired the damaged wood structure, and laid the shingles.

A lot of people came together to make this new roof possible, but there is still more to do. Plans are underway to repair the interior and volunteers are needed. You can learn more about the project so far and the many other sponsors by reading Plugging the Leaks.

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Sharing Their Love  0

Christmas is now a month behind us and the bands aren’t playing and the crowds of well-wishers are diminished, but our veterans are still in the Durham VA Medical Center.  Who will remember them?

The answer from Chapel Hill VFW Post 9100 Ladies Auxiliary was loud and clear, “We will!”  The ladies put together Valentine’s Day gift packages at their February meeting.  Glenn Sumner, Post Auxiliary President arranged for the project as part of the February meeting.  She announced, “I am now ready to have some fun Tuesday night.  Hope you can all be there.  The VA Hospital is in great need of tolietries for the women vets.  I have bought some Valentines type bags (24) and various lotions, toothpaste, and brushes, etc.,  for us to fill on Tuesday night.  Got some Valentine ribbon and cards we can fill out.”  And that they did.  Mark Sumner, World War II vet and Glenn’s husband, carried the gift packages to the Durham VAMC.  Linda of the Voluntary Services Office at the Durham VAMC took delivery and rewarded us with a beaming smile.

This is just one example of what our Ladies Auxiliary is doing for our hospitalized veterans.  In December they delivered ten warm winter coats for VA outpatient or homeless veterans.

Want to donate to the Ladies Auxiliary?  Have questions or want to consider membership or volunteer work?  Contact Glenn Sumner.

Here are the ladies in action at their February meeting.

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