Apr 10 2018

National VFW Junior Vice Commander Visits District 10

 

National Junior Vice Commander Visits District 10

 

 

March 22, 2018 Woodbridge VA.  In his whirlwind trip through Virginia, The Veterans of Foreign Wars Junior Vice Commander “Doc” Schmitz came to District 10 and stopped by Occoquan Post 7916 for Lunch (above picture) and Dale City Post 1503 for light refreshments. 

 (pictured above left side: D10 CDR Chuck Wilson, National JVC Doc Schmitz, Post CDR Jeff Lett, Post Auxiliary President Liz Mack, D8 CDR Ron Link; Right side: State CDR Mike Boehme, Post SVC Ken Strafer, Post JVC Bob Fenlason, Post QM Jim Adams, State SVC Ken Wisemen, and past State CDR Tom Gimble)

 

 

 

Chuck Wilson D10 CDR, Doc Schmitz Nat JVC, Jeff Lett Post CDR, Jim Adams Post QM, Mike Boehme State CDR, Ken Wiseman State SVC

 

While visiting Post 7916, both National JVC Doc Schmitz and State Commander Mike Boehme presented the Honor Post Award to Post 7916.  Post 1503 has also earned the Honor Post award. 

  

 

VFW Dale City Post 1503 rolled out the red carpet and hosted Doc Schmitz to a superb reception with over 100 members present.  In all, the National Junior Vice Commander had a superb visit.

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Mar 21 2018

VFW District 10 Presents Community Awards

Sunday March 18, 2018, Northern Virginia. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Virginia District 10, recently sponsored a Teacher of the Year competition, and the Voice of Democracy essay and speaking competition for high school students, and a Patriots’ Pen essay competition for middle school students of Northern Virginia. Above  District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson and VFW Auxiliary President Regina Meehan present the Voice of Democracy 1st Place Award to Victoria Revollo.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) believes strongly in fostering good citizenship and patriotism in our leaders of the future.  Every year, the VFW sponsors the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award recognizing exceptional teachers, the Voice of Democracy essay and speaking competition for high school students, and Patriots’ Pen essay competition for middle school students. 

Assembling in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8241 Community Hall, McLean VA, District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson, and District Auxiliary President Regina Meehan, presented the awards for the Teacher of the Year, Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay and speaking competition. 

The winners were:

  • Teacher of the Year: Elementary, Middle & High School winners:

    • 1st        Darin M. Ott                           Mountain View High School 

    • 1st        Thomas X. Annunziata,       Woodbridge Middle School

    • 1st        Kathleen M. Norton              Waynewood Elementary School

  • Voice of Democracy High School winners:

    • 1st        Victoria Revollo,         Bishop Dennis J. O’Connell H.S.   Arlington, VA,

    • 2nd       Grace Salmons,         TC Williams H.S.,                         Alexandria, VA

    • 3rd       Anistasia Carvallias,   Paul VI Catholic H.S.,                 Fairfax, VA

  • Patriots Pen:

    • 1st        Anya Ambarish,         Stone Hill Middle School,          Ashburn, VA

    • 2nd       Suraya Suleman,       Silverbrook Elementary,           Fairfax Station, VA

    • 3rd       Bridget Rothwell,        Saint Ann School,                      Arlington, VA

The Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — can compete.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premiere high school essay and oral presentation, contest. The theme this year is, “American History: Our Hope for the Future,”  For middle schoolers the writing theme for this Patriots’ Pen is “America’s Gift to My Generation.”

District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson stated, “Our judges, from our VFW Posts and District 10, reviewed over 200 entries from schools in the Northern Virginia area.  This year the competition for all three categories was keen.  The spirit of Americanism was prevalent in all of the essays.”

Over 80 people came and the ceremony was very well received especially with all the moms, dads, brothers, sisters, teachers, principals, and members attending. Veterans of Foreign Wars Virginia District continues to receive many accolades in the conduct of this event.  Presently headquartered in Occoquan, VA, District 10 is Virginia’s largest district with over 8,000 veteran and auxiliary members. 

Victoria Revollo 1st Place VOD (Bishop O’Connell H.S.)

Grace Salmons  2nd Place VOD (TC Williams H.S) 

Anistasia Carvalhais  3rd place VOD (Paul VI Catholic H.S.)

Darin Ott      Teacher of Year: 1st Place (Mountain View High School)

Thomas X. Annunziata  TOY 1st Place (Woodbridge Middle School)

Kathleen Norton TOY 1st Place (Waynewood Elementary School)

 

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Mar 11 2018

Veterans of Foreign Wars “Storm The Hill”

Mar 5-8, Washington DC, This past week more than 500 senior members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the nation’s largest and oldest war veterans’ organization began rallying in Washington, D.C., to voice the concerns of veterans directly with the nation’s lawmakers.  This included senior representatives from each Department including Europe and Pacific.  Leading the charge was VFW Commander-in-Chief Keith Harman.  

Each Department Team engaged with their Congressional and Senate representatives, across Capitol Hill, to present the issues important to our nation’s veterans. These issues include:

  • Eliminating sequestration;
  • Ensuring timely access to high quality care;
  • Consolidating VA’s community Care programs into an easily understood and administered program; and,
  • Consolidating funding. 

State Commander Mike Boehme-  District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson  -Past State Commander Dan Boyer

The Virginia Team was made up of:

Mike Boehme, State Commander

Dan Boyer, National Legislative Committee & Past State Commander

Doc Crouch, National Legislative Committee & Past State Commander

Ken Wiseman, National Legislative Officer & State Senior Vice

Chuck Wilson , District 10 Commander

Monty Zimmerman, Manassas Park Post CDR

Dan Boyer – Congressman Taylor – Mike Boehme – Chuck Wilson

Seen above is the Virginia Team with Congressman Scott Taylor of Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.  Congressman Taylor is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates where he represented Virginia’s 85th District in the Virginia Beach area, and, he is a former US Navy Seal . 

 Zimmerman – Wilson – Congressman Griffith – Boyer – Boehme

 

Seen above is the Virginia Team with Congressman H. Morgan Griffith who represents Virginia’s 9th District is currently serving his fourth term

The Virginia Team also met with the offices of Virginia’s Senator Tim Kaine, Congressman Rob Wittman, Congressman Gerry Connolly, a lunch room dialogue with Congressman Tom Garrett, and many other lawmakers. 

 

 

 Before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees, VFW Commander in Chief Keith Harman (above) delivered testimony focused on ending sequestration and improving the care, services and programs provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

 “The VFW is pleased Congress recently passed a bipartisan budget agreement to alleviate the sequester’s impact on our military and veterans, but you only delayed its return by two years,” VFW National Commander Keith Harman  told members of the committees. “Our service members, veterans and their families are counting on you to repeal sequestration once and for all!” 

Virginia District 10 recognized for membership performance 

Commander-in-Chief Keith Harman  &  District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson 

In a special ceremony, the VFW Commander-in-Chief Keith Harman , recognized the top Districts and Posts for their membership performance so far this year.  Virginia District 10 was recognized for being the top District in Division One, worldwide.  Accepting the award for District 10 is District 10’s Commander Chuck Wilson With four months to go, Virginia District 10 is in front of Europe’s Districts 1 and 3 .  Virginia’s District 10 is the largest in Virginia with over 8,000 members and auxiliary.

Since 1949, VFW’s annual Legislative Conference has provided an opportunity for VFW leaders from each state to personally lobby their respective lawmakers and watch as VFW’s current Commander-in-Chief testifies on Capitol Hill before the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees on behalf of veterans.

The annual conference strengthens the VFW’s advocacy efforts on behalf of America’s veterans, service members and their families, as VFW members meet with elected representatives in the House and Senate to discuss the VFW’s stance on a number of high priority veterans’ issues

 

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Feb 25 2018

D10’s Occoquan VFW Post Holds Charity Event for Hurricane Victims

 

Saturday February 24, 2018, Occoquan, VA.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars District 10’s Post 7916 held a special event for the victims still suffering from the ravages of Hurricanes Maria and Irma in Puerto Rico, a US Commonwealth. 

 The “Voice of Puerto Rico” informed us that their police officers are still in need of many of the basic necessities and particularly the families in Barranquitas and Naranjito.  Cynthya Hale, the CEO for the PR Outreach stated, “The combined effect of both hurricanes destroyed thousands of homes, businesses, critical infrastructure, and left many people homeless. We appreciate Post 7916 for what they are doing.”  

On this day, VFW Post 7916 set up a collection point for donations, and many distinguished visitors came along with the multitudes who came and brought items of men’s women’s’, and children’s clothing, shoes, bedding and bath items for the families in need. Boy Scouts from Troops 1369 and 1352 were on hand to help with the collection of items.  


United States Congressman Rob Wittman spoke to the crowd and expressed his sincere appreciation for their generosity and giving to this noble cause.  The Congressman also thanked the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7916 for holding this event.  Congressman Wittman is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a staunch supporter of our veterans.

 

 

Other speakers included upcoming Senatorial Candidate, Dr. Minerva Dias, Occoquan Mayor Elizabeth Quist, Occoquan Supervisor Ruth Anderson, and Post CDR Jeff Lett.  Mayor Quist is a member of the Post 7916 Auxiliary, Dr. Dias, and Air Force veteran, is becoming a member of the Post 7916 Auxiliary, and Occoquan Supervisor Ruth Anderson is an Air Force veteran and member of Post 7916. 

 

 

 

 

Post 7916 Commander Jeff Lett, Congressman Rob Wittman, District Commander Chuck Wilson

 After the event, Virginia District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson said, “We are receiving numerous accolades for this worthwhile event!  KUDOS to Post 7916 Commander Jeff Lett and all the scouts and volunteers who put this event together.”

 

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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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