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Yanceyville Receives National VFW Award

Yanceyville VFW Post 7316 received the VFW National Outstanding Community Service Award, along with 61 other posts. Post 7316 was the only North Carolina Post to receive the award: there are about 6400 VFW posts across the country and some foreign posts as well. The awards were given out at a luncheon where the Nation Commander-In-Chief spoke.


Post 7316 was recognized because of all the things done for the community in Caswell County by the local VFW Post. A major, continuing local project is the design and construction of 28 ramps for the elderly, handicapped, and Veterans built in 18 months. Keith Newcomer is the post member that has chaired the ramp project and he has been a tremendous help.


The post also does Veteran funerals, co-sponsor Memorial Day and Veterans Day, several members deliver Meals on Wheels, do the colors at high school graduation, several members are also on the committee to build a County Veteran’s Memorial also. The post also works with the middle school and high school with the Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests and many small things to make our community better, we help promote patriotism across Caswell County.


Also at the VFW National Convention in Kansas City was Trace Adkins in concert. Convention speakers for the convention included Harris Faulkner from Fox News, Lt. Colonel Ollie North-National Rifle Association President, and the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.


After the awards luncheon and business sessions on Tuesday Keith Newcomer and Post 7316 Commander Fred Smith, along with their wives started the journey home. They were beaming with pride as they were very proud to receive the award for their Yanceyville post. Commander Fred Smith commented, “We are a small post, but we are proud to work in our community to make our community better.”


In addition to the plaque given to the post, a road sign was also given. The Post will soon purchase four more signs from the National VFW Store, as the Town of Yanceyville has agreed to let Post 7316 install one at each gateway into town. The sign project will take a couple of months to complete. So, keep your eyes when you come thru Yanceyville. Look for them as you enter the town and check out the sign.

Local Business Supports Our Vets

Vacuum Cleaner Hospital, Chapel Hill, has reached out to area veterans through the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  They are holding a local raffle for customers to raise money and awareness of the need to help veterans.  Customers donate $10 and have a chance to win a new vacuum cleaner that has been decorated with a patriotic theme.


The money raised will go to our Veterans Relief Fund. This fund supports needy veterans and their families.  It can be assistance to a homeless veteran, vets undergoing long-term care at the Durham VAMC, student scholarships, student veterans needing special financial assistance (books, laptop, etc.), veterans with disabilities, disaster relief, and more. 


Our Post has several programs and projects to help us raise well over $2,000 each year for our Veterans Relief Fund. Our fund is not used by our local post members for post support and operations.  One hundred percent of our fund dollars go to help those in need.


We thank the great folks at the Vacuum Cleaner Hospital for remembering our veterans and for selecting the Veterans of Foreign Wars as the recipient of their donation.


You can participate and purchase raffle tickets until the date of the drawing: Tuesday, July 31st.  Visit the Vacuum Cleaner Hospital on South Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill.  For more information on their services and products, visit their website.

Military Appreciation Day – March 26 – UNC

Carolina baseballThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will honor all Military Veterans at the baseball game in Boshamer Stadium on Saturday, March 26 at 2 pm.  The Heels will be facing Georgia Tech in a major ACC series.


Any military veteran will be admitted at no charge and should go to the ticket office at the stadium to get a free ticket. Tickets will also be available there for the veteran’s family members and friends attending with her or him at a price of $4 (regular price is $7 or $10).


There is NO RESTRICTION on where a veteran lives or comes from.  All district posts are invited as are veterans of the American Legion, DAV, and unaffiliated vets.  


Here is a list of what besides the game will happen at the stadium that day:

  • Heart Of Carolina chorus will be singing a medley of military songs pre-game, the national anthem and God Bless America
  • The head of the UNC Army ROTC will be throwing out the first pitch
  • Paws 4 People is inviting veterans with service dogs to the game who will be on the field for the anthem.
  • $5 All-You-Can-Eat Pre-Game buffet behind the 3rd base grandstands
  • Kids can take the field for the anthem with the team.
  • Trading card sheets for the first 500 fans

Interviewing Veterans

Veterans History ProjectA North Carolina Public Affairs Officer with a local NC Army recruiting battalion and a member of a local Army Reserve public affairs unit has a project that needs veteran volunteers.


Here’s some information on the Army Reserve unit.   The unit is the 210th (MPAD) Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Cary, NC, commanded by MAJ Vic Aviles and it includes about 20 soldiers. These soldiers include broadcast and print journalists. They range in rank from E-4 to E-7. MPADs are charged with gathering and distributing media to both internal and external audiences.


The interviewing soldiers are trained to produce either a newspaper, magazine, or a newscast; as well as they serve to facilitate civilian media of all nationalities.


They are looking for veterans to be interviewed on the following drill dates: 21-22 Nov, 12-13 Dec, 20-21 Feb, 19-20 Mar.


Here’s how we can help. “I’d like to schedule for our Soldiers to be able to interview some of your great members on the Saturdays of any of these upcoming drill weekends. They can complete their stories the same week and provide you with a story to run in your publication by that Sunday evening. I’d like to do this maybe every other month as they will also use the interview material to provide content to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project” (Learn more about the project) 1LT Yves-Marie Daley, 210th MPAD.


Are you interested and desire to participate? Send an email to the post Post Relations Chair. Let him know you want to be part of the project. Please let me know where we should start and how much coordination we’ll have to do directly with the local posts.


As a reminder, post members Rusty Edmister and his associates (including Bernie Donato from Post 2740) are looking for candidates for a North Carolina Historical Collection.

Veterans Day Discounts

veterans discountVeterans are popular on Veterans Day.  There are lots of special discounts and free offers available only to veterans.  Do you know what they are?


You can download a list of Veterans Day discounts for 2014 right here.  Download list 

Military Appreciation Day at Golden Corral


Louis Drogos, Navy Nurse, with husband, Gene, Navy Lighter than Air crewman. World War II
Louis Drogos, Navy Nurse, with husband, Gene, Navy Lighter than Air crewman. World War II

Golden Corral and its guests raise millions for Disabled American Veterans organization.  They do this by providing a free meal to local veterans at most Golden Corral restaurants.  The Disabled American Veterans are present at the dinner and accept donations for their programs to assist disabled veterans.


The Golden Corral Community. 2014 Military Appreciation Monday ‘thank you’ dinner is Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5 pm.  Learn more


Why not team up with fellow members and head to Golden Corral for a little socializing?

NC Division of Veterans Affairs

DVANC-logoNeed a one-stop shop for current news and information on local veterans affairs? The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs has a site just for you. Visit their site at:


The division is there to help veterans avoid and solve problems relating to veterans programs and benefits.  You should never have to pay for assistance with veterans services or claims.  Learn more


The division also publishes a periodic newsletter that has current information and news on employment opportunities for veterans.  Take a look

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Orange County Sponsors Military Monday  0

Gill capOur new county Veterans Service Officer, Betsy Corbett, is hard at work for local veterans.  She has been visiting local veterans in and around the Hillsborough area and visits Chapel Hill weekly.  She is expanding services to veterans by reaching out with a new county initiative sponsored by the Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS).  It is Military Monday.  All members of the community, veterans, and those who have a military connection, are attend its first Military Monday event.

The event will take place on Monday, March 24, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Hillsborough Commons located at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.

Military Mondays are dedicated to providing access to federal, state, and local resources and benefits for veterans and military-connected persons of Orange County.

The first Military Monday event will be a Career/Resource Fair that includes benefit assistance, career assessments, education resources, community resources, the Mobile Vet Center, and many other community outreach opportunities.  For more information about Military Monday, please contact Betsy Corbett, veterans service officer at Orange County DSS at 919.245.2890.

Wall of Honor for Local Veterans  0

The Chapel Hill Seymour Center  will unveil a new Wall of Honor on Monday, January 27, 2014, at 11:30 am.  The  Wall of Honor  will serve as a tribute to local veteran participants of the Seymour Center and consists of a portrait and brief biography display.  The wall display will change periodically to honor additional veterans.

Cydnee’ Sims, Senior Center Operations and Program Manager, said “The wall will feature eight to ten veterans at a time, and the display content will rotate each May and November.  This will enable veteran participants of the Senior Center(s) to be in the spotlight for a period of six months through a lottery system.”

You are invited to attend and  to learn about the wall’s inception and honor the heroic older adults of Orange Country.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Roundtable  0

In partnership with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9100, the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center, Chapel Hill,  invites all veterans to come out and a guest speaker’s story, share yours, and learn of the various services and resources available to you as a veteran.  This month’s event is on Monday, January 27, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Although there will be set speakers, it would be expected that others join in and share as well. One of the most important things about this program is that information and updates for Veterans are shared in the last 15  to 20 minutes of the session  For example,  did you know that veterans can get their computers worked on for free?

This is the beginning of a new program focusing on area veterans and veterans services.  There will be new speakers for each meeting.

If you would like to be a speaker for future meetings, contact Cydnee Sims, Robert and Pearl Seymour Center Operations Manager, at (919) 245-4250. Refreshments provided.

Facilitators for the inaugural event are:  Lee Heavlin, Past North Carolina VFW District 6 Commander and Peter O’Grady, member American Legion Post 6, Chapel Hill.

Directions:  2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina  27516

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