Feb 18 2018

VFW District 10’s Post 1503 Hosts Congressman Wittman Veterans’ Forum

 

 February 17, 2018 Dale City Virginia. VFW Post 1503 hosted a Veterans Forum with Congressman Rob Wittman, Mike Carr, Deputy Director, VA Benefits Assistance Service; and Lawrence B. Connell, Acting VA Medical Center Director, Washington D.C
The purpose of this forum was to offer veterans of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Veterans Administration and Congressman Wittman about VA benefits and services. 

Also participating were James Sanders, Director of Quantico and Alexandria National Cemeteries as well as representatives from the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs. Every one of these individuals spoke candidly with considerable knowledge of their respective areas.  The National Cemetery Administration also had its mobile outreach vehicle at the Post.

Armed Forces Veterans for all over Northern Virginia including: Fauquier, Fairfax, Arlington, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Prince William Counties, participated.

 

Some of the issues voiced were: 

My case has been under review for 29 months, why…

My service medical record says I have hearing loss, but the VA disagrees, why…

My husband cannot prove his service incurred health problem while he was attached to NATO, how to fix…

Why does the VA clinic in the Fort Belvoir Hospital send me to the VA hospital in DC for an x-ray…

Why are VA forms so hard to fill out…

My doctor has not been paid by the VA since mid-November, why…

 

All of issues were addressed by Congressman Wittman and the panel of VA experts with those that need resolution taken back to the Congressman’s office and the VA for action.   Overall, the veterans present appreciate the efforts of the tough work of our Veterans Administration, but all agree that more work needs to be done.

District 10 particularly thanks Post 1503 Commander Tim Brown for his outstanding personal effort to make this event so valuable to the hundreds of veterans that participated.

VFW District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson  has said, “I have known Congressman Wittman for a number of years and can say that he is a staunch supporter of veterans’ issues and welfare. We have received numerous accolades for this event!  And District 10 is  pleased that VFW Post 1503 was able to provide the venue.”  

 

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Feb 12 2018

Virginia VFW Recruiting Excels at the Nation’s Gun Show

 

 

February 9-11, 2018, Chantilly, VA.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Virginia, had a strong showing at the Nations Gun Show, held at the Dulles Expo Center. 

Situated in Chantilly, VA, Dulles Expo & Conference Center is Northern Virginia and Metropolitan Washington DC’s premier exhibition facility for consumer shows and trade events.  Held at the Dulles Expo, The Nation’s Gun Show is dedicated to producing the most professional, safest, and ethical gun shows in the United States and draws thousands of people from Northern Virginia and surrounding states, many of whom are veterans.

Our VFW Booth had a surprise visitor, Dr. Sebastian Gorka (above center).  Dr. Gorka made a special trip over to our VFW booth to thank all of us for our service.  Dr. Gorka was the Major General Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University Foundation, at Quantico, after which he was Special Advisor to the President of the United States.  He is currently the Vice President for National Security and Professor of Strategy & Irregular Warfare at the Institute of World Politics and a frequent commentator on the national news and radio. 

Both Virginia VFW District 8, and District 10, manned the VFW booth at “The Nation’s Gun Show,” at the Dulles Expo Center. Seen in the picture above (l-r) are Steven Hood, Post 1177, Chuck Wilson District 10 Commander, Dr Gorka; Rick Raskin State Senior Vice Commander; and Tom Troy, Burke Post 5412. 

Steven Hood Post 1177 briefs a prospective recruit

Two Navy Veterans came by to inquire about joining the VFW with Tom Troy and Steven Hood in background

As the multitudes descended upon the Expo Center, many passed by, and stopped, at the VFW Booth.  By the close of the show we had 25 applicants plus 2 transfers.   The collective recruiting that our Posts have accomplished at these Gun Shows over the past two years has neared 300!!

Participating Posts were from Leesburg-1177, Dale City-1503, Burke-5412, Occoquan-7916, and also from Manassas-7589, and Manassas Park-1811, and Warrenton-9835.  

 

 

 

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Dec 19 2017

VFW Virginia District 10 Participates in Wreaths Across America

It was a brisk 25 degrees the morning of December 16, 2017, when Quantico National Cemetery hosted “Wreaths Across America,” a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans. District 10’s VFW Post 1503 and VFW Post 7916 participated.  This annual event honors fallen service members buried at National Cemeteries across the United States.

We have seen and been awestruck by the somber sight of thousands of precisely aligned rows of stark headstones at our Veterans’ cemeteries.  But seeing the awe-inspiring images of hundreds — thousands — of beautiful, red-ribbon-adorned, fresh, green wreaths gracing the graves of our fallen heroes is humbling. A short ceremony, began at 11:55 AM.  The Marine Color Guard posted the Colors.

Above, Quantico National Cemetery Director James Sanders provides welcoming remarks to the multitudes of participants. 

Representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines, along with friends and families came and laid wreaths to honor the fallen, as well as Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action (POW/MIA).

 The Christmas Wreaths were positioned at multiple locations across Quantico National Cemetery and distributed to the thousands of good Samaritans who came to help. 

 

District 10 Senior Vice Commander Randy Coker, above center, and many members from VFW Post 1503 picked up and laid wreaths upon the graves of the Fallen.

Retired Navy Captain Phillip Heisey, and his wife Michael, came to lay a wreath upon their beloved son’s grave, US Army Captain Matthew Heisey’s at QNC.  Navy Captain Heisey stood “watch” over his son’s grave while Michael gathered a wreath.  District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson of Post 7916 also stood by Army Capt Matt Heisey’s grave.  

    

   
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

                    Wilson and Phil Heisey                                                                          Michael Heisey and Wilson

The outpouring of great Americans was overwhelming.  There were thousands who came for this event.  The line of cars were backed up several miles from getting of the I-95 exit, to and within the Quantico National Cemetery.  Traffic was in gridlock for quite some time. Reportedly, over 6,000 people laid 13,000 wreaths to honor our veterans at Quantico National Cemetery.

 

Quantico National Cemetery Director, James Sanders, Virginia VFW District 10 Commander, Chuck Wilson, Col USAF Ret, and Woodbridge Post 7916 member and his wife Judy, a VFW Post 7916 Auxiliary Member participated in laying wreaths at many of the headstones at Quantico National Cemetery.

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Club, many from VFW Post 1503, played a large role in laying wreaths.  District 10 Senior Vice Commander Randy Coker is seen above, center right.  

 “Wreaths Across America,” began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to Veterans laid to rest at Veterans Administration’s national cemeteries and state veterans’ cemeteries in 2006.

 

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Dec 16 2017

Leadership: A Christmas Prayer 1944

Today, December 16th, is the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. It was the Christmas season of 1944, and the Battle of the Bulge was in rage. The then Lieutenant General George Patton was maneuvering Third Army in adverse winter weather.  While the  reports on this vary, here is a summary of what many consider a miracle: 

“At 11 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 8, Patton phoned the Head Chaplain of the Third Army, Father James O’Neill , a Catholic priest. “This is General Patton; do you have a good prayer for weather? We must do something about those rains if we are to win the war” According to Father O’Neill

By Dec. 16, 1944, three NAZI armies of Germany were amassed, consisting of thirteen Panzer and Infantry divisions made up of an estimated 200,000-300,000 men. An enormous surprise attack ensued against the Allies in the Ardennes Forest area of Belgium, France, and Luxembourg. Being caught off-guard, the Allies were hard-pressed to keep their lines from breaking under the intense assault.
Bastogne was a town in Southern Belgium of immense strategic importance as eight roads crossed there. Six NAZI Panzer divisions were on a mad rush to occupy it, but the night before, in sub-zero temperature, American troops of the 101st Airborne were trucked in to hold it.

The German commander Heinrich Freiherr von Luttwitz demanded surrender:
“To the U.S.A. Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne: The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A. forces in and near Bastogne have been encircled by strong German armored units there is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. troops from total annihilation: that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note. If this proposal should be rejected one German Artillery Corps and six heavy A.A. Battalions are ready to annihilate the U.S.A. troops in and near Bastogne. The order for firing will be given immediately after this two hours term. All the serious civilian losses caused by this artillery fire would not correspond with the well-known American humanity.
– The German Commander.”
On Dec. 22, 1944, U.S. Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe answered:
“To the German Commander.
NUTS!
– The American Commander.”
This unusual response was a surprise for the NAZI commander. But then the Nazis attacked – over 50,000 Nazis assaulted the 15,000 Americans.

After eight days, the Americans were nearly out of ammunition. Marching to their rescue was General George Patton who pulled Third Army out of battle and redirected a hundred mile march to Bastogne, in the winter storm. But Third Army needed Air cover and the weather was too atrocious. The date for the attack was but a few days away, but foul weather threatened to postpone the attack.  

Father James O’Neill

 

And getting back to the dialog between Gen Patton and Father O’Neill : The often profane and tempestuous Patton, who was known for reading the Bible almost daily, and the humble, mild-mannered priest engaged in a lengthy discussion of the importance of prayer.

 


“Chaplain, how much praying is being done in the Third Army?” inquired the general.
“Does the general mean by chaplains, or by the men?” asked O’Neill.
“By everybody,” Patton replied.
” I am afraid to admit it, but I do not believe much praying is going on,” responded O’Neill. “When there is fighting, everyone prays, but now with this constant rain – when things are quiet, dangerously quiet, men just sit and wait for things to happen. Prayer out here is difficult. Both chaplains and men are removed from a special building with a steeple. Prayer to most of them is a formal, ritualized affair, involving special posture and a liturgical setting. I do not believe that much praying is being done.” (Father O’Neill writes)

“Chaplain, I am a strong believer in prayer,” said Patton. “There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working, and by Praying. Any great military operation takes careful planning, or thinking. Then you must have well-trained troops to carry it out: that’s working. But between the plan and the operation there is always an unknown. That unknown spells defeat or victory, success or failure. It is the reaction of the actors to the ordeal when it actually comes. Some people call that getting the breaks; I call it God. God has His part, or margin in everything. That’s where prayer comes in.” (Father O’Neill)  

The taciturn O’Neill told Patton that he would research the topic and report back to him within an hour. After this discussion, O’Neill looked out at the immoderate rains which had plagued the Third Army’s operations for the past three months. As he searched through his prayer books, he could find no formal prayers pertaining to weather so he composed an original prayer, which he typed on a note card:”

    “Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend, Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen.”
     On the reverse side, Patton wrote, “To each officer and soldier in the Third United States Army, I wish a Merry Christmas. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We march in our might to complete victory. May God’s blessings rest upon each of you on this Christmas Day. – G.S. Patton, Jr., Lt. Gen. Commanding, Third United States Army.” This card was sent to the soldiers of Third Army. They prayed.


Miraculously, the weather cleared and the planes gave air support. General Patton’s troops punched through the Nazi lines to rescue the exhausted 101st Airborne and thwart the Nazi advance. The Battle of the Bulge continued through much of January 1945, and less than four months later Hitler committed suicide and the Nationalsozialismus  (National Socialist Workers Party-NAZI) surrendered.

The Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest battle fought by the U.S. during World War II. It involved as many as 610,000 Americans, 55,000 British, and 72,000 Free French along Europe’s Western Front for nearly 40 days. There were about 89,000 American casualties and over 100,000 German casualties. My father fought in that battle, and, just prior to that battle, my maternal Grandfather, PFC Cleatus Chapman, was killed there, and buried in the American Cemetery Epinal, France.  

This Christmas we must remember that we still have Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in Harm’s way and to keep them in our prayers.

Do have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

CHUCK WILSON

 

 

 

 

 

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Dec 12 2017

District 10 Holds December Meeting of VFW Posts

 

This is a quick summary of the District 10 event held at VFW Post 3150, Arlington, Virginia.  More detail will be published with the Minutes of the meeting.

December 10, 2017. Virginia VFW District 10 held its quarterly assembly for all of its Posts in Northern Virginia at Post 3150 in Arlington, VA. Past State Commander Tom Gimble, State Senior Vice Ken Wiseman, and State Junior Vice Rick Raskin, were in attendance. Standing in for Post Commander Walter Sweeny, Chaplain Beatty welcomed all to the Arlington Post. District Commander Chuck Wilson presided with a review of all the action areas of District 10.

Past District Commander Bob Dugas reported that judging for Teacher of the Year is Monday Dec 11 at 7:00 pm Post 1503.

Senior Vice Randy Coker provided and overview of our membership and Voice of Democracy. Membership wise District 10 being at over 93%. Compared to last year this time District 10 is about 175 members ahead.
SVC Coker also reported Voice of Democracy judging is set for Monday Dec 11 at Post 1503.

Junior Vice Mike Delvechio reported that the Patriots Pen Winners are:
1st: Anya Ambarish from Post 1177
2nd: Suraya Suleman from Post 7327
3rd: Bridget Rothwell from Post 3150

JVC Delvechio also reported that Posts 1177, 7916, and 8469 have submitted YOUTH ACTIVITIES reports.

District Quartermaster Sterling Moninghoff provided a report of the District receipts and expenditures. A motion was made to increase the amount in the budget to paying the MAP Fund for both Department and National. Motion approved. For amounts see District minutes.

Adjutant Tom Levitt provided an AMERICANISM report that had District 10 Posts participated in the Veterans Day Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery and the POW MIA Ceremony at Occoquan’s River Mill Park. ADJ Levitt also reported that:
Posts 609. 1177, 1503, 3150, 7916, and 8469 have reported on AMERICANISM, and
Posts 1177, 1503, 3150, 7916, and 8469 have provided SAFETY reports

Service Officer Mike Niblack addressed veterans in distress, and, Humana information suggests that no more auto enrollment for Tricare.  NOTE: Comrade Joe Byrne, Post 7327 CDR and District 10 Chaplain, recently had surgery and is have a difficult time in recovery.  He is in our thoughts today.   

Also reported that 609. 1177, 1503, 3150, 7916, and 8469 have COMMUNITY SERVICE reports submitted.
District Inspector Ken Wisman reported that although the District inspections are completed, Posts 1177 and 8469 have been “radio silent” on discrepancies… and called for action by the District Commander. (FYI District CDR has visited both posts and received verbal commitments for the Post commanders…more to follow).

Surgeon was excused from meeting. District CDR provided HOSPITAL REPORT that stated Posts 609. 1177, 1503, 3150, 7916, and 8469 have their reports in with Post 1503 to be filed that day.

Scouting Committee Chairman Bob Fenlason informed the district that the Scout of the Year program will be underway with the results to be announced.

Hospitality Committee Chairman Jeff Lett reported that Post 3150 and 7916 have the plans under way for the District 10 Hospitality Suite at the Winter Council in January.

District 10 Post Reports. Each District 10 post reported on their membership, Americanism, Community Service, Safety, Youth Activities, and Hospital events/activities they participated with.

KUDOS to Posts 1177, 7916, and 8469 for reporting in all categories!  Also see the three Post performance tables below.

609 Alexandria –               Reports- missing Safety and Youth

1177 Loudon –                  Reports- all categories reported

1503 Dale City –                Reports- Hospital?

3150 Arlington –                Reports missing-  Youth Activities

5412 Burke –                     Reports missing- Americanism, Community Service, Safety, Youth, and Hospital 

7327 Springfield –             Reports- missing- Americanism, Community Service, Safety, Youth, and Hospital

7916 Woodbridge–            Reports- all categories reported
 
8241 McLean –                 Reports- missing- Americanism, Community Service, Safety, Youth, and Hospital **ABSENT

8469 Fairfax –                   Reports- all categories reported

**ABSENT

9274 Falls Church –          Reports-missing- Americanism, Community Service, Safety, Youth, and Hospital

District 10 Post Performance as of December 10

District 10 Post Reporting as of December 10

 

 

 

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Nov 25 2017

Home Depot Leads Leesburg VFW Post Overhaul

Home Depot Leads Leesburg VFW Post Overhaul

-Loudon Now

Team Depot workers at VFW Post

From Loudon Now

Leesburg’s 67-year-old VFW Post 1177 got a much-needed facelift today.

More than 20 volunteers from Team Depot, Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, worked from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the project, which was made possible through a $20,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation. Volunteers updated the outside drainage system, planted shrubs, and installed new ceiling fans, lighting, floors and drywall.

“It was in sad need of updating,” said Stephen Hood, a seven-year member of the post and an Air Force intelligence specialist in the Vietnam War. “Just looking at the post inside, it cried out for help.”

Hood said the work was expected to be done by today, but could run through the weekend. Final work on the interior will be done in two weeks.

The renovations come as the Home Depot Foundation continues its mission to donate $250 million to veteran-related causes by 2020. It has already invested about $213 million in similar projects and helped renovate more than 35,000 veteran homes.

While the post’s building was constructed in 1950, the Leesburg post has been around since 1937. It celebrated its 80th anniversary last month.

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VFW Post 1177 awarded $20K grant 

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Nov 13 2017

US Air Force Chief of Staff  Speaks at Veterans Day Ceremony

US Air Force Chief of Staff  Speaks at Veterans Day Ceremony

….Virginia District 10 in Lead Role

 

 

US Air Force Photo

Nov. 11, 2017, Quantico National Cemetery, VA.  General David Goldfein, US Air Force Chief of Staff, honored our veterans with his keynote speech at the National Veterans Day Ceremony held here each year since 1983.  An estimated 1,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, along with many families and distinguished guests came to commemorate National Veterans Day, at the Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery this year.  The Parade of Colors featured the US Marine Corps Color Guard, and Color Guards from 20 Veterans Service Organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard from Quantico Marine Base led the “Parade of Colors”

With the venerable Sojourners in front, Color Guards from as many as 20 Veteran Service Organizations such as the American Legion and The Veterans of Foreign Wars, including Dale City Post 1503 and Woodbridge Post 7916, marched in the Parade of Colors.

 

 

The reviewing party, led by General David Goldfein, salute the Colors as they parade by the reviewing stand. 

Colonel Frank Harris, USMC Ret., provides the memorable “Toast to the Flag.”

 

General David Goldfein, USAF Chief of Staff, was a riveting keynote speaker.  Veterans Day first began as Armistice Day with the commemoration of the armistice which ended World War I, on “the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, 1918. From AFNS Report:

“Our nation is rich with heritage and tradition, and few surpass that of honoring our veterans, both alive and passed,” said Goldfein. “This is one of our greatest traditions; and, as one of many veterans in my family, I am honored to be here.” 

“We are woven by the good, the bad and the ugly times experienced together. For some it is the uncommon valor, for others it is the quiet peace,” said Goldfein. “Our Veterans have a love for this great nation and the sacred duty of protecting it. These are the most humble men and women who are just doing their job.”

“Today, we celebrate a single mark on the calendar—one of many—but this mark celebrates the noble acts of a noble group,” said Goldfein. “I’m reminded each day that it’s a privilege and honor to serve our country, and I am inspired by a distinguished population who so proudly came before…and those who so selflessly followed.”  

This ceremony is held to honor all of America’s veterans past and present.

The Chairman, Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC), and Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars District 10, Chuck Wilson, Colonel, USAF (Ret), was the Master of Ceremonies. Wilson said, “for generations, the men and women of America’s Armed Forces have demonstrated their willingness to put country before self … patriots who serve for the greater good … who don’t seek glory or recognition or personal gain.  And today, we honor them.  Today is Veterans’ Day.” 

 

PRVC Vice Chairman Randy Coker, led the “Avenue of Honor Recognition” which displays over 500 US Flags that have been donated to honor our veterans who have passed from our midst.  Coker is the past Commander of VFW Post 1503 and currently Senior Vice Commander of VFW District 10, Virginia’s largest District covering much of Northern Virginia. 

 

The Veterans Day Ceremonial Wreath Laying was carried out by General Goldfein, Colonel Boucher, USMC Quantico Chief of Staff, and Sergeant at Arms Hess near the reviewing stand.   

US Air Force Photo 

As the Wreath is put in place, General Goldfein, along with Asst Cemetery Director Morris, Colonel Boucher USMC, and Sergeant-At-Arms Hess salute during the US Marine Rifle Team “21 Gun Salute,” followed by “Taps” played by a duo of buglers. 

 

The Quantico Marine Corps Band played rounds of Service Melodies and music resounding with Americanism all through the ceremony. 

US Air Force Photo

Ninety-three year old Colonel Eugene Deatrick, USAF Ret., meets with the Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein.  General Goldfein has Tweeted, “Honored to have spoken with war hero, legendary aviator & #AirForce #veteran Col. Eugene Deatrick today at a #VeteransDay ceremony in Virginia. I’m proud to be part of the long blue line that this hero helped shape. Honored to have spoken with war hero, legendary aviator & #AirForce #veteran Col. Eugene Deatrick today at a #VeteransDay ceremony in Virginia. I’m proud to be part of the long blue line that this hero helped shape. Honored to have spoken to legendary aviator and Air Force Veteran Colonel Eugene Deatrick today at a Veterans Day Ceremony.  I am proud to be a part of a long blue line that this hero helped shape.”  Twitter: https://twitter.com/GenDaveGoldfein/status/929400369800732672

Colonel Deatrick , West Point Class of 1946, was responsible for the rescue of American POW Navy Lieutenant Dieter Dangler during the Vietnam War.  Colonel Deatrick is a Life member of VFW Post 7916.  

Gen David Goldfein, himself an Eagle Scout, is seen here with Boy Scout Troop 1369, chartered through VFW Post 7916.  Troop 1369 was responsible for the setting up of almost 1,000 chairs for the ceremony.  

 

US Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein and PRVC Chairman, and VFW District 10 Commander, Chuck Wilson.

 

Sponsored by the Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC) partnering with Marine Base Quantico and Quantico National Cemetery, A Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th.  This ceremony has been held at Quantico National Cemetery since 1983. The Potomac Region Veterans Council represents 26 Veterans Service Organizations, and an estimated 15,000 veterans across Northern Virginia.

 

 

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Oct 29 2017

Puller Veterans Care Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

(left to right) Post 1503 Commander Tim Brown, State Commander Mike Boehme, The Post 1503 Color Guard,
District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson, State Junior Vice Commander Rick Raskin

Oct 26, 2017, Vint Hill VA. Just a few decades ago, Vint Hill Farms was home to thousands of military people and their families. Today, a 30-acre section of the property is taking on a new life as a future home for Virginia’s veterans.


The new facility, slated to open in 2019-20 timeframe, is on a 30-acre site that was home to an Army intelligence-gathering station until it closed in 1997. The $48-million Veterans Care Center is named after the Puller family, which has deep roots in the Northern Virginia area, including famed U.S. Marine Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller; his wife, retired state Sen. Linda “Toddy” Puller; and his son, Marine Lt. Lewis Puller, Jr

 

 

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a host of other elected leaders picked up their shovels on this day to break ground on the Puller Veterans Care Center, formally kicking off construction on a 128-bed facility for recovering veterans at the intersection of Vint Hill Road and Vint Hill Parkway in Warrenton..

 

 

 

 

 


Del. Rich Anderson, R-51st District, Life Member of the VFW, and a vocal backer of veterans issues, said he teamed up with Del. Kirk Cox, R-66th District, to sponsor legislation to allocate funding for the centers. Meanwhile, Toddy Puller herself, then a Democratic senator for the 36th District, introduced a companion bill.

Anderson said he originally tried to bring the Northern Virginia facility to a site near Manassas, and even got Prince William County to agree to hand over some land for the project, but the Fauquier location proved to be a much more palatable one.  “This is so much more centrally located,” Anderson said. “And there’s ample room for expansion. We should be able to double this to 240 beds or so over the years.”

It also helped that a local developer and economic development authority were able to donate some land for the facility, which is located in a rapidly growing section of Fauquier County just off Va. 29. Del. Scott Lingamfelter, R-31st District, and Life Member of the VFW, pointed out that the center will bring about 150 “good, solid, well-paying jobs” to his district, and many of those workers could soon settle in the area. “As Vint Hill develops, they can live, work and shop all through this area,” Lingamfelter said. “It’s just the perfect setting…and it shows that Virginia is not going to leave its veterans behind.

 

The ceremony was well attended by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The VFW Post 1503 Color Guard performed the “Posting of the Colors.” State Commander Mike Boehme, District 10 Commander CHUCK WILSON, Post 1503 Commander Tim Brown, State Junior Vice Commander Rick Raskin,, and a multitude of Virginia VFW members were in attendance.

Vint Hill Farms Station was established during World War II in 1942 by the Army’s Signals Intelligence Service (SIS). After the war, VHFS became the first field station of the Army Security Agency, a subordinate to the NSA,[8] and the facility conducted signals intelligence operations and served as a training center for radio-intercept operators, cryptanalysts, and radio-repair technicians.[3] During the Cold War, VHFS intercepted key Soviet diplomatic and military communications sent over FISH teleprinter. More on Vint Hill click on this link: VINT HILL HISTORY

 

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Oct 15 2017

Virginia VFW Council of Administration Meets

Saturday October 14, 2017. The Virginia Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) held its Council of Administration at its headquarters in Staunton, VA. The Council is presided over by the Department Commander Mike Boehme, and is made up of the 13 District Commanders representing 135 Posts, Department officers, and staff.

At this Council of Administration, a wide variety of veterans’ issues were reviewed and discussed, from VFW Post performance that includes their work with Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, Safety, to Hospital service/support. These are the mission areas that each of the Posts perform and report on.

Other areas included the VFW Post inspection program, where each post is inspected annually for compliance with the VFW By-Laws and Manual of Procedure; participation in Patriots Pen, Voice of Democracy, and National Citizenship Education Teacher’s Awards; and Buddy Poppy and National Military Services Programs.

Membership and recruiting was also a prime topic in as VFW membership not only enables the conduct of the VFW mission, but it represents a sizeable constituency that is recognized by the US Congress. That constituency enables the VFW to push through many legislative issues that directly help our veterans! The Department, Districts, and each Post are responsible for recruiting eligible members that make up the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is the membership that enables VFW Success!

 

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Oct 01 2017

VFW Virginia a Hit at “The Nation’s Gun Show”

Chuck Wilson, “Turk” Maggi, Tom Troy, and Ken Strafer in the VFW Booth

September 29-October 1, 2017, Chantilly, VA. Situated in Chantilly, VA, Dulles Expo & Conference Center is Northern Virginia and Metropolitan Washington DC’s premier exhibition facility for consumer shows and trade events. Held at the Dulles Expo, The Nation’s Gun Show is dedicated to producing the most professional, safest, and ethical gun shows in the United States and draws thousands of people from Northern Virginia, many of which are veterans.

Both Virginia VFW District 8, and District 10, manned the VFW booth at “The Nation’s Gun Show,” at the Dulles Expo Center. Seen above are Chuck Wilson, District 10 Commander; “Turk” Maggi, past Occoquan Post 7916 Senior Vice Commander; Tom Troy, Burke Post 5412; and Ken Strafer, Senior Vice Commander Occoquan Post 7916.

As the multitudes descended upon the Expo Center, many passed by, and stopped, at the VFW Booth.  By 4:00PM Sunday, we had 29 applicants including a few transfers!

Participating Posts were from Leesburg-1177, Dale City-1503, Arlington-3150, Burke-5412, Occoquan-7916, and also from Manassas-7589, and Manassas Park-1811.  

 

 

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