VFW Post 3608 is looking for a few good men & women who not only want to be members of our Post and its Auxiliary, but also who are willing to assume a leadership roll as an officer. Very soon we will be making nominations for officers for the upcoming year and electing the new officers (our term year runs from approximately July 1st to June 30th).
One of the questions that comes up when recruiting members is what benefits do you get with your membership to the VFW (or Auxiliary). But, as with the military service in an oversea’s combat zone that qualifies you for VFW membership, it is not what you get but what you give. Membership in the VFW is about being part of something larger than yourself and giving you an oppurtunity to not only help others, but help others who have been through some of the same things you have and faced simliar challenges.
From reading the headlines, it is sad that those who have served our country by putting on the uniform are not always able to get those benefits they have sacrificed so much for. Who can these veterans depend on? They can depend on us!! We look out for our own!! Membership in the VFW, and being an active member and serving as an officer, helps make sure that service of country will never be forgotten.
In the January 2017 VFW magazine issued by National, there was a great page summarizing what the VFW has done for our veterans, their families, and to help make sure that our freedoms are not taken for granted. I have put a link to that article below and you are encouraged to please take a few minutes to read it. However, in summary…
– Nearly 4,000 grants totalling over $2.7 Million have been provided to military families facing financial hardship through the VFW’s Unmet Needs program.
– VFW members, including those of our Post, donate 8.6 million hours annually.
– Nearly $50 Million is donated to community service projects by VFW members and posts every year.
– The VFW and its posts paid out $3.3 Million in scholarships last year to the over 36,000 high school students and over 132,000 middle school students who participated in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen competitions.
– And to ensure Congress does not forget about the debt our country owes our veterans, the VFW has testified before congress 25 times in the last 12 months.
If you are interested in helping those who served as you did, please contact Post Commander Doyle Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org or membership chairman Vern Babcock at email@example.com about joining the VFW, or about opportunites to become more active.
If you are not eligible for membership, but have a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter or spouse that is, you may be able to serve through the VFW Auxiliary, which is open to both men and women. For information on joining or giving back through the Auxiliary, please contact Post Auxiliary President Brook Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Post Auxiliary Treasurer Ruth Haynes at email@example.com for more information.