Message from National Commander Stroud March 30 is a very important day, not only to the VFW, but to all of America. It is a day dedicated to a generation of veterans who were made extraordinary by their commitment and lasting resolve. In 2011, nearly 38 years after the final withdrawal of U.S. combat and combat-support troops from Vietnam, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating March 30, “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” From February 1961 – May 1975, more than 3,400,000 Americans served in support of the U.S military operations in Vietnam and Southeast Asia; more than 58,000 gave their lives. Our Vietnam veterans are worthy of every praise, monument and memorial erected in their name. They served with a tenacious and indomitable spirit and returned to a homeland in political turmoil. Regrettably, their noble and steadfast service was overlooked by many upon their return. In many cases their sacrifice went unappreciated, dismissed or was even insulted. Though long-overdue, today America recognizes each and every Vietnam veteran who did not receive the proper welcome home they earned and deserved. … Continue reading
When the World War had ended and the soldiers returned to their homes, they found that there was a certain something missing from their daily lives; just what it was or how they were affected was not completely definable. The mind of Comrade Claude R. Roberts, a bugler who had served with Co. G 128th Infantry overseas finally solved the problem by acquainting the rest of the old company with a real soldiers outfit, The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Through correspondence with and afterwards membership in the Merwin M. Carlton Post No. 5 of St. Paul, Minnesota, Roberts was made acquainted with the order and soon had 23 members signed up and a Charter granted. The Charter was issued on June 6, 1920, and the Post was mustered in on that date. The boys chose the name Burns Post to honor two Wausau brothers who lost their lives in combat in France. They were James A. Burns who was killed on May 28, 1918, and John E. Burns who died July 23, 1918. These men were … Continue reading
Emily Wegner, a high school student sponsored by Schmitt-Manecke-Donner VFW Post 1638 in Merrill, was awarded first place in the Auxilliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest at the District and Department levels and Fifth Place at National. For other winning artwork, go to the Patriotic Art Winners page.