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Raising Funds for Veterans Relief

We are dusting off our outside chairs, checking the rigging of our VFW Service Canopy, and scheduling fall events at the Franklin Street downtown Post Office.  We will be on site September 7, 21st and 28th.  We return on October 26, and in November we will be there on the 2nd and 23rd.


Our focus this year is the VFW Buddy Poppy Program and recruiting local veterans.


Chapel Hill’s Post 9100 members gather at the Franklin Street Post Office Plaza to “meet and greet” passersby and veterans.  We do this for several reasons.  

  1. To engage the public and share the mission of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
  2. To share the programs of the VFW; for example: Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Scholarships
  3. Share the mission of the VFW Buddy Poppy program and its benefit to local Veterans’ Relief.
  4. To assist those seeking information on VA resources, claims, and the services of the Orange County Veterans Service Office.

VFW Scholarship Competitions Now Open – $3.3 Mil Awarded

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now accepting entries into its 2017-18 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions. The announcement comes after students from across the globe recently took home their share of more than $3.3 million in scholarships and awards from last year’s competitions.


The VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, and to help foster patriotism among today’s youth. Students are required to submit an oral or written essay in response to a question or statement on a subject which prompts them to consider how American history and democratic ideals and principles apply to their lives.


This year’s Voice of Democracy theme asks high school students to describe, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Voice of Democracy is an audio-essay competition open to students in grades 9-12. The national winner is presented the $30,000, T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship award. More than 46,000 high school students competed in last year’s competition.


The Patriot’s Pen writing competition is open to students in grades 6-8. This year, students are asked to reflect on the statement, “America’s Gift to My Generation.” The national winner will receive a $5,000 award. More than 122,000 middle and junior high school students competed in last year’s competition. Both national awards will be presented during the 2018 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., in March.


Student participants are asked to submit their entry (along with a completed entry form) to Chapel Hill Post 9100 your local host VFW Post. Chapel Hill accepts entries from Chapel Hill and surrounding area. The deadline for student entries in both contests is October 31, 2017.



A Heartbreaking Moment


Our Post often gets inquiries about veterans memorial services, flags, and funeral honors for a departed family member.  It is usually just before a planned service. At our meetings we often talk about this situation and how to better assist families in need.


The VA provides cemetery plots for all honorably discharged veterans. This includes the opening of the grave, burial, and funeral honors and presentation of a flag to the family. There is no cost to the family. There are procedures to follow and they are fairly easy to accomplish. You can even apply on-line for Pre-Need Burial Eligibility. To learn more, CLICK HERE.


We encourage all veterans to have a discussion with their family about their desires.  This includes the memorial service and location of wills, special instructions, and their Record of Discharge and Release from Active Duty (DD Form 214).  The DD Form 214 proves entitlement.  Lost or misplaced DD Form 214’s can be obtained from the National Archives.  You do not have to hire anyone to obtain a veteran’s DD Form 214.  It is a no cost service, but it will take time to obtain.  Do not wait. Keep this important document with the veteran’s  important papers.


Of course, preparation and transportation of a veteran’s remains or cremains are not a service of the VA.   


Veterans are encouraged to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars and our post.  There are many opportunities to serve local veterans and their families.  We need active veterans to provide assistance and serve on committees that provide scholarships, help veterans, provide advice and assistance, and more.  Contact us to join and make a difference where it counts.

Annual Tar Heel Men’s Basketball Raffle Winner

UNC BasketballIt gives us great pleasure to announce the winner of our 2016 raffle.  Margaret Hutchins of Carrboro, a good personal friend of Rusty Edmister’s (a member veteran and member of the post), had her stub drawn from the hermetically sealed container this afternoon before three witnesses.  Rusty will deliver the basketball tickets and take some photos so we can post them to the website.


We thank the purchasers of the 350 tickets for their support of our Veterans Relief Fund.  At just ten dollars a ticket for a chance to win two season tickets for every at home basketball game (including Duke vs. UNC) is a great value.


See you again next fall as we setup our kiosk by the Historic Chapel Hill Downtown Post Office three hours before every Tar Heel home football game.

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

Major Alvin Meers – 95 Years and counting


A hearty congratulations to Major Alvin Meers.  He will be 95 on March 1st.


Major Meers was a member of our post for a few years after relocating from Chicago.   His daughter reports that he is doing well in his new home in Colorado.


He  served in WWII in the Armyalvin meers Air Corps  (Air Force) and was a prisoner-of-war for 11 months.  General Patton liberated his prison camp and he was soon heading stateside.  You can view his complete story on our earlier blog site.  Click here


He has lots of stories to tell and Ed Gill visited him while here on a regular basis.  Let’s all join in to wish him a Happy Birthday.  You can send him a personal birthday card to wish him well on this milestone birthday.  His address is:   Major Alvin Meers, c/o Allan Meers,  4740 W. 99th Avenue Westminster, CO    80031  

VFW Contest Winners Announced

Chapel Hill Post 9100 is very proud to announce local winners of VFW contests for 2014-2015.  This is for Teacher of the Year, Patriot’s Pen, and Voice of Democracy. 


Our contests and  winners are:


Patriot’s Pen – Jake Marold, Chapel Hill


Voice of Democracy – Aaron J. Hirsch


VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher of Year (Middle School) – Ms. Robin McMahon, Smith Middle School, Chapel Hill


We thank the many students who entered local competition and their teachers for their support of VFW oral and essay contests.  To learn more about each program and last year’s winners, click on the highlighted category in the story above.


All winners went on to District competition to  represent Chapel Hill Post 9100 and Chapel Hill.  Winners of our local District 6 were announced and details are posted at the District 6 website.  Learn more


Winners at the district level go on to compete in statewide competition and the possibly of representing our Department of North Carolina in national competition.

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.

Mark Sumner Awarded USCG Auxiliary Medal  0

Mark Sumner, a long time post member and local playwright, is one active member.  He is also a member of the American Legion, Military Officers Association  and Coast Guard Auxiliary, among others!  You will find him participating in events all over town, our county, and state.  He supports not only military fraternal groups, but other local civic and cultural groups.

Mark SumnerMark received the coveted Legion of Honor medal from France in 2008 for his service as a forward, behind the lines army scout during World War II.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is one of his passions.  He has served in many positions over a 33-year period, including Flotilla Commander and Division Captain.  The Commandant of the Coast Guard recently awarded Mark Sumner the Coast Guard Auxiliary Achievement Medal.  His citation read in part,

  • “…   Auxiliarist Sumner displayed an exceptional level of commitment and fortitude in helping to guide and form the Piedmont Division into one of the top performing Divisions within the Fifth District earning countless awards in Operations and Public Education and supporting the Coast Guards’ missions of Recreational Boating Safety, Search and Rescue, Public Education, Vessel Examination, Aids to Navigation and Marine Patrols, and Public Affairs.”

Chapel Hill Post 9100 is honored to have as one of it’s members, Mark Sumner.  Like many of our members, he is everywhere serving his country on the home front.

Have a Poppy…. Wear a Poppy  0

The Veterans of Foreign Wars has been giving away Buddy Poppies for almost 100 years.  They commemorate the dead, but they are also a ready remembrance that there are veterans in our town doing things for others.

Elmer Hughes on station

Our Post distributes Buddy Poppies at schools, at churches, on Memorial Day, on Veterans Day, and anytime we put up our large red VFW canopy downtown.  We go through a lot of poppies and we just had to run into Raleigh to reload.

We take Buddy Poppies very seriously.  They help hospitalized veterans earn money, too.  Our town gladly receives our poppies and they look forward to seeing us in front of the Chapel Hill Post Office on Franklin Street each Saturday that there is a UNC Chapel Hill home game.

Our program got a real shot in the arm with then 89-year-old Army Air Corps B-17 veteran George Walker joined our post about six years ago.  He loved giving out Buddy Poppies downtown.  “Have a Poppy.  Wear a Poppy…  Have a Poppy, Take a Poppy.” would be repeated over an over.  Many would stop and take a poppy and some would donate to our Veterans Relief Fund.  George is no longer with us, but we now have a new post Buddy Poppy champion, Elmer G. Hughes.  Elmer is also a B-17 crewmember who served as a bombardier.

Elmer joined us one weekend downtown to sell raffle tickets, but he was soon disenchanted with the sales hawking.  He asked if he could give out some of the Buddy Poppies we had on display.  Off he went and that was the beginning of our most successful Buddy Poppy program.  He consistently collects over $130 for a few hours of smiling, caring and sharing.  He is sought by the local sorority sisters on game day.  They love to wear the poppies and some are sure to appear in their hair above their ear.

There are side benefits, too.  Elmer talks to everyone and many are recruited for membership in the post.  His efforts so far this year has generated well over $750 for our relief fund. He is out on his corner on game day, rain or shine!

Did you know that his efforts enabled the post to replace a roof on a needy Korean War veteran’s home this past month?  Read story

Elmer’s son, Elmer F. Hughes, is always on station with his dad.  We often see young kids and students putting a dollar or coin in each of their cans.  There they are, father and son, enjoying a day…. game day…. with their comrades and the visitors to downtown Chapel Hill.  They are two ambassadors of good will.  They are  two proud veterans putting a face on and representing the veterans in our town.