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					 Veterans of Foreign Wars
    of the United States                                                                    Military Order of the Cootie
Department of Pacific Areas                                                                    Grand of the Pacific
        Commander                                                                                   Commander
         Jim Malott                                                                                 Al Mitchell

   Volume V – Number 6                     A non-profit official publication                    20 November 2009

The Around the Pacific newsletter showcases what is happening locally throughout the VFW Department of Pacific Areas and the
 MOC Grand of the Pacific through articles, photos, etc., and the Department Editor, may provide information from outside the
          Department, in the various programs that both support. Inputs are due no later than the 15th of the month.

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                                       District 1 Okinawa Japan
                   VFW Post 9723, Naha, Okinawa Japan
                                      VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES

                                                                                               SUPPORT TROOPS
                                                                                                 IN OKINAWA
                                                                                               CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, JAPAN – Presentation
                                                                                               of donations made to the USO's Camp Hansen, Camp
                                                                                               Schwab for the holiday season for dinners for the
                                                                                               troops in the picture from left to right Lee Kramvik
                                                                                               USO Manger Camp Schwab, AL Pearson Department
                                                                                               Buddy Poppy Chairman, Commandeer Stewart,
                                                                                               Gardner Williams Manager USO Camp Hansen, and
                                                                                               Post Quartermaster Dennis Provencher. All are Life
                                                                                               Members of VFW Post 9723.

Post Commander Stewart from VFW Post 9723 (right) making a donation
 of $200.00 to the Camp Hansen USO Manager Gardner Williams (left)
who is also a Life Member of VFW Post 9723, for dinners for the troops on
                          the holiday season.                               This is Post Commander Stewart giving a check for a donation of $200.00
                                                                             to the Manager of the USO Camp Schwab Lee Kramvik to help with the
                                                                                                    troops holiday dinners.
YOU COULD HAVE HEARD A PIN DROP: When in England , at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop
of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush.

He answered by saying, 'Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for
freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.'

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                                     District 2 Mainland Japan
                                                                                                 YEARS OF REACHING
                                                                                                 OUT REACHED BACK
                                                                                                  FOR ONE COMRADE
                                                                                              YOKOSUKA, JAPAN – The District 2 Main Japan
                                                                                              Quarterly meeting was hosted by VFW Post 1054 in
                                                                                              Yokosuka City on 24 October 2009. Reaching out
                                                                                              over the years had a way of reaching back for one
                                                                                              Comrade. The meeting started off with Frank Misura,
                                                                                              Secretary, Fleet Reserve Association Branch 103
                                                                                              Yokosuka who presented a check for $1,000 to Kirk
                                                                                              McKnight, Senior Vice Commander, District 2
                                          Frank Misura, Secretary, FRA (left) presented a     Mainland Japan to aid in his recovery.
                                          check for $1,000 to Kirk McKnight, District SVC
                                                    (right) to aid in his recovery.                THANK YOU to our FRA Veteran Team!!!!

  District Commander Bernie Kenna is presented the new VFW District           Mike Lutnam VFW Post 1054 was awarded with his All State Team
        Commander’s Pin from Department Adjutant Dick Keeley.                                      Commander Cap.

 Department Adjutant Dick Keeley (left) and District Commander Bernie      District Service Officer T.J. Noonan discussed latest information from the
                  Kenna (right) during the meeting.                                               Department of Pacific Areas.
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of District 2 Mainland Japan took time out on the
beautiful Sunday morning of 15 November 2009 in
the British Commonwealth War Memorial Cemetery
to remember the fallen.       This year's British
Commonwealth Nations Remembrance Day event
was coordinated this year by Australia. This is a
very beautiful cemetery. In attendance were a
multitude of high level embassy diplomats,
ambassadors, etc., of all the current and former
British Commonwealth Nations, military liaisons to
include Australian Defense Force, United Kingdom
Armed Forces, U.S. Forces Japan, etc., and
veterans service organizations such as the Royal
British Legion, VFW, etc., who laid wreaths during
the ceremony in tribute to the Allied war dead in
Japan from WWII.

  Always Remembered in Our Hearts                       Representatives lined up to receive and lay wreaths (left) and District JVC Joe Mortimer and
                                                         District Quartermaster John Johnson register in the visitor’s record of the cemetery (right).

     District JVC Joe Mortimer salutes after laying the wreath (left photo). District JVC Mortimer, Department Surgeon Frank Hunter, and District
   Quartermaster Johnson together after the ceremony (center photo). Mortimer and Johnson pose with Australian Defense Force and New Zealand
                                   Defense Force officers and one retired British Royal Navy veteran (right photo).

 Group shot of all participants (left), Joe Mortimer, Commander, VFW Post 9612, shown planting a flag at the grave of Millard F. Nixon who his Post is
                   memorialized (center), and Efrain Castro, Commander, VFW Post 1054, planting a flag at a veteran’s grave (right).

HODOGAYA, YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – On Saturday 07 November                             U.S. flags on the grave sites of over 250 veterans who died and were
2009, Efrain Castro, Commander, VFW Post 1054, and Joe Mortimer,                buried in the Gaijin Bochi Cemetery in Japan. There are veterans of
Department Editor, Pacific Areas, accompanied with members of Boy               WWII, WWI, Commodore Perry’s crewmembers, USS ONEIDA
Scout Troop 53, Yokosuka and active duty Sailors from U.S. Fleet                crewmembers, and other veterans who died in Japan.
Activities Yokosuka Base, and Naval Support Facility Negishi to plant
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                                                                                           NAF ATSUGI, JAPAN – On 29 October 2009,
                                                                                           Commander Joe Mortimer and Comrade Life
                                                                                           Members Freddie London, Sakae Suralie, Brad
                                                                                           Morgan, and Glen Steward of VFW Post 9612 took
                                                                                           part in a Halloween party for the Children’s Playgroup
                                                                                           of Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), U.S.
                                                                                           Naval Air Facility Atsugi (NAF Atsugi). The Children’s
                                                                                           Playgroup, made up of spouses and children of
                                                                                           deployed and non-deployed service members, took
                                                                                           part in a Halloween trick-or-treat at the FFSC. The
                                                                                           children went from office to office within the FFSC
                                                                                           trick-or-treating from the FFSC staff, who passed out
                                                                                           candy as they came by. Afterwards, the children were
 Comrade Suralie (left) and Commander Mortimer (right) in mask. The mask should probably   treated to a Halloween party where they had a chance
          be worn everyday. What do you think? I know,… hide the legs too!!!               to take lunch and play in their Halloween costumes.

NAF ATSUGI, JAPAN – On 04 November 2009, Commander Joe                      emblem of our nation, related a short personal story about what
Mortimer and Comrade Life Members Brent Fox, conducted a Flag               Veterans Day meant for him, and went into a question and answer
Retirement Ceremony held with Cub Scout Pack 22 in Ranger Park on           session with the Cub Scouts. Comrade Fox assisted in the ceremony
NAF Atsugi. Commander Mortimer discussed with the Cub Scouts                as Sergeant-at-Arms.
about how to properly retire a U.S. flag which is no longer a fitting
YOU COULD HAVE HEARD A PIN DROP: There was a conference in France where a number of international
engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into
the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to
help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several
hundred people; they are nuclear p powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have
three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of
fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to
and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?'

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VFW POST 9612 AWARDS                                                 VFW POST 9612 AWARDS
   POST COMRADES                                                     ADOPT-A-UNIT SAILORS

                                                                     Commander Joe Mortimer awards AM1 Carrie Beach (above) HSL-51
                                                                     who is also a VFW Post 9612 Life Member a Certificate of Appreciation
 Commander Joe Mortimer awards Trustee Pete Carter (above) and
Judge Advocate John Johnson (below) for their work during VFW Post    for her efforts during the NAF Atsugi National Night Out held on NAF
                                                                       Atsugi and awards AM1 Torres (below) of HSL-51 a $100 Savings
       9612’s POW-MIA Observance held at the Post Home.
                                                                                   Bond for his selection to Sailor of the Quarter.
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             FOR VETERANS DAY

NAF ATSUGI, JAPAN – On 04 November 2009, Joe Mortimer,                   Joe told the teens, “Though I do not consider myself as a hero. Most
Commander, VFW Post 9612, Camp Zama, and staff member of the             Veterans would feel the same way in that they are just another person
Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), U.S. Naval Air Facility          who served their country. I thank you all so very much on behalf of all
Atsugi, Japan, was presented with a “Veterans Day Hero Flag” made        veterans past and present for presenting me this wonderful flag today.
by the kids at the Teen Center on NAF Atsugi. Joe was stunned at the     It took me by surprise and it really means alot to me personally
recognition received and went to the Teen Center to personally thank     especially with all the personal notes and cut out hand prints. I will
all the kids and staff at the Teen Center who took part in putting the   share this flag with all the veterans working at the FFSC, then take it to
Veterans Day Hero Flag together.                                         VFW Post 9612 on Camp Zama, and place it where everyone can see
                                                                         the love you all shared with me.”

CAMP ZAMA / NAF ATSUGI, JAPAN – On 11 November 2007,                     John Johnson Comrades of VFW Post 9612 distributed Buddy Poppys
Department Adjutant Keeley distributed Buddy Poppys at the Post          at the Navy Exchange Food Court combined with a Recruiting Drive
Exchange on Camp Zama and Certified National Recruiter Joe               where members contacted 72 prospects for membership.
Mortimer, Senior Vice Commander Vinnie Dean, and Judge Advocate
YOU COULD HAVE HEARD A PIN DROP: A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian, and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself
standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away
in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these
conferences rather than speaking French?'

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, 'Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's, and Americans
arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'

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                                                       District 3 Korea
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – District 3 has been very active over the last
month with its Annual Veterans Day Ceremony held at Yongsan Army
Garrison in Seoul, South Korea. The ceremony brings the United States
Forces Korea Commander, Korean Veterans, various military
organizations, Military Order of the Cootie, the Boy and Girl Scouts of
America representatives to lay flowers at the Memorial on Yongsan. This
event is organized every year by members of VFW Post 8180 on behalf of
the District.

                                                                          Representatives from all seven Posts in District III get a photo taken with
                                                                                    General Sharp, Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.

 District 3 Commander Darin Combs thanks General Sharp for attending
and speaking at the Veterans Day Ceremony on Yongsan Army Garrison        Officers and Comrades from District 3 participate in the District’s annual
                        in Seoul, South Korea.                                                 Veterans Day Ceremony.
                                                                   YOU COULD HAVE HEARD A PIN DROP: Robert Whiting, an elderly
                                                                   gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took
                                                                   a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on baggage.

                                                                   "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the Customs Officer
                                                                   asked sarcastically.

                                                                   Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

                                                                   "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

                                                                   The American said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

                                                                   "Impossible! Americans always have to show your passports on arrival
                                                                   in France!"

                                                                   The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
                                                                   quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-
                                                                   Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single
                                                                   Frenchmen to show a passport to."

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                                                                                               DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA – VFW Post 10033 co-
                                                                                               sponsored the 1st Annual Poker Run as a way to raise
                                                                                               funds for Post activities. They teamed up with the Knights
                                                                                               of Columbus to host 24 motorcycle riders from all over
                                                                                               South Korea. The riders were given a course map to 5
                                                                                               different stops over a course almost 200 miles long. At
                                                                                               each stop in the course, the riders were given a playing
                                                                                               card. At the end of the ride, each had a poker hand used
                                                                                               to compete for prizes. Additional door prizes and t-shirts
                                                                                               were given out as well. Everyone left a winner. The Post
                                                                                               would like to thank Past Post Commander Alejo Quinata
 A participant in the Poker Run steps up to the registration table to get processed prior to   and Comrade Carl Turnbow for all of their efforts. We are
                                   ‘start your engines’.                                       looking forward to next year’s ride and are confident it will
                                                                                               grow each year.

 VFW Post 10033 Commander Darin Combs and Comrade Steve Dalton                    Post Commander Darin Combs and Senior Vice Commander Ralph
         get the membership table set up for the Poker Run.                     Connor take a few minutes to discuss how the event is going and pose for
                                                                                                               a picture.
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                                                                              VFW POST 10216
                                                                            RECEIVED DONATIONS
                                                                         SONGTONG, SOUTH KOREA – Prior to the Post meeting,
                                                                         representatives from the Rough Riders Motorcycle Club presented a
                                                                         check for $325.00 to VFW Post 10216 from funds generated from their
                                                                         weekend “Poker run”.       The Rough Riders are an associate
                                                                         organization of our Post and support all of our VFW functions; most
                                                                         are members of our Post. Their Chapter representatives Robert
                                                                         “Diesel” Pryor and Doug “Krylon” Johnson asked that the money be
                                                                         placed in our General Fund and used for our Holiday events. Thanks
                                                                         for your donation Rough Riders!

    Rough Riders President “Diesel” Pryor and “Krylon” Johnson present
                  $350.00 to Post Commander Watson.

                                                    District 5 Thailand

                                                                                                     VFW Post 10217 Comrade participants at
                                                                                                      Wat Poe Thailand. Jim Williams (trustee),
                                                                                                     Bill Chapman (Adjutant), Dennis Bridgford
                                                                                                     (JVC), Byron Petrides (Commander), Jack
                                                                                                          Sungsakris (SVC), Val Valenzuela
                                                                                                     (Chaplin), Ed Medlin (Quartermaster), Ray
                                                                                                       Mendigorin (member), Barry Moshinski
                                                                                                                 (Officer of the Day)

KORAT, THAILAND – VFW Post 10217, Korat Thailand held it's               Chaplin, Florencio "Val" Valenzuela, said a prayer for all the veterans
Veteran's Day observance on 11 November 2009 at Wat Poe where            who are still serving in harms way. This was followed by Taps as
many of our departed comrades are interned. They distributed Buddy       tribute to all departed veterans. We then adjourned to a local
Poppies and then Commander Bryon Petrides gave a short speech            restaurant to have lunch and to toast to all veterans for their service to
about the history of Veterans Day and stressed that Veteran's Day is a   keep America free.
celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of
country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

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    VFW POST 9951
BANGKOK, THAILAND – On Saturday the 14th of
November, the American Veteran's Wives Club (AVWC)
hosted a luncheon for veterans in the area and their families.
This was held at the JUSMAG Cafe in Bangkok, the home of
VFW Post 9951. Turkey, ham and all the fixins were served
for over 100 vets and their families. District V Commander,
Bear Hudson acted as MC for the ladies of AVWC and
Master Sergeant Clarence Ross gave a moving prayer for
our veteran's.
                                                                       District Commander Bear introduces & thanks some of the ladies of AVWC.

                                                       Bear and Msgt Ross start up the Super Bowl
  VFW Post 9876 Commander Al Serrato with                               Pools.
              Mam Hudson.

                                                                                                      Comrade Len Nicholls and wife Sunan having a
                                                                                                                      great time.

                                                       Msgt Ross delivering the Veteran's Blessing.
DPA SVC Jim Oden is all smiles as his wife Jiap
  has another baby due this week. That will
     make10 for our Prolific SVC Oden.
                       VETERANS DAY IN CHAING MAI STYLE

                                                                                                            CHAING MAI, TAIWAN – We laid a
                                                                                                            wreath and our Post Chaplain read a
                                                                                                            prayer at the memorial of the AVG
                                                                                                            (American Volunteer Group) Flying Tigers
                                                                                                            located in Chiang Mai's          Foreign

                                           Comrades of VFW Post 12074 on Veteran's Day in Chiang Mai.

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                  Pup Tent #1, Honey Bucket Special
                          Grand of the Pacific, Military Order of the Cootie

                          BABY COOTIES ENTER THE SEAMS

       Graybacks Homer (white shirt) and T.J. (blue shirt in case we had to spell it out to you) prepare themselves to see the Great Blue Louse!
                                 That is Cootie ONE on the right in case you could not figure that one out either.

Cootie ONE says, “This is despicable! Who in the Puptent
allowed these slimy onion-head wan’na-be noids into our
seams?! Now,… I know,… weeee sometimes haaaaave to
scraaaaape the bottom of the barrel for come new Cootie
booty from time-to-time, but this time, my Cooites
scraped the sludge that the bottom of the barrel was
sitting on!! What’s a Cootie to do?” (Sigh,…)
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                              Pup Tent #8, Chokum Chingo
                           Grand of the Pacific, Military Order of the Cootie

                              WHAT IS GOING ON IN KOREA???

  Dave Beil is growing his hair out; he looks much                                             Is that Doc Higgins under that mask?
 better now that he is “forced on the wagon” by his

                                Department and Grand

We have these beautiful VFW lapel pins (or can be
used as tie tac) to raise funds for VFW Department of
Pacific Areas. The price is US$3.00 each pin. Let me
know how many of the Eagle or Cross of Malta pins
you would like for your post or yourself. They make
great give aways to your VFW friends.

Place your order and advise your APO mailing address
and I will forward. As an alternate I can bring to the
Mid-term CofA and we can settle there. Payment
should be made to VFW Dept of Pacific Areas, but
please get the check to me so I can account for all the
pins and receipts before turning over to Tony. My
mailing address is:

  RAO (9951)
  c/o Chief, Jusmagthai
  APO AP 96546

Let me know how many of each kind you want.

Yours in comradeship,
James Oden
Senior Vice Commander
Department of Pacific Areas

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  DPA ALL-STATE PROGRAM FOR 2009-2010                                                 DEPARTMENT OF PACIFIC AREAS
To view the Department of Pacific Areas All State Program, please click on
                                                                                            GRAVE DIGGERS
the link below:
           All members please submit!
Reminder to submit your Monthly Volunteer / Community Service Reports
to your Post Junior Vice Commander as directed by your Posts. Reports
are due on the Department Website on or before the last day of each
month for that month.                                                         Become a member and support the Department of Pacific Areas Grave
                                                                              Diggers Program which is open to anyone who has a desire to support the
 ---------------------------------------------------------------              Clark Cemetery. To use our PDF "fill-able" application form log onto:
                                                                                 - Please mail your application and membership fee, as well as any
                                                                              future donations to:

                                                                                VFW Post 2485
                                                                                Attn: Grave Diggers
Donations for Buddy Poppys are greatly appreciated and accepted.                PSC 517, Box RC-V
Please see your Post Buddy Poppy Chairman for details.                          FPO AP 96517-1000
 ---------------------------------------------------------------               If you make a donation or become a member of the Grave Diggers, we
         MOC PADDY DADDY PROGRAM                                               thank you very much and ask you to please inform your Post Adjutant /
                                                                                DEPARTMENT OF PACIFIC AREAS CLARK

M.O.C. Grand of the Pacific is asking you to help support the Paddy
Daddy Program.       Applications are available online on the VFW
Department of Pacific Areas website:

The Paddy Daddy Application for signing up Comrades, Cooties, Friends,
Family, and yes, even your Pets can be signed up!

Please fill out as many applications as you like for a very good cause. The
VFW National Home Special Project is the recipient of the proceeds from
our very own program in the Pacific Areas.                                    Clark Cemetery Maintenance Fund donations accepted to support the
                                                                              maintenance of this cemetery, which is completely dependent on individual
Send the application to me along with a check made out to “Ee CHI GAE         and group donations.        VFW Post 2485, located in Angeles City,
Pup Tent #2, in the amount of US$25.00, and I will promptly prepare your      Philippines, is the caretaker of Clark Cemetery for the VFW Department of
Certificate, Card and Pin and mail them to you. If you have any questions     Pacific Areas and is in need of your help.
please do not hesitate to e-mail
Yours in Comradeship,
L.O.T.C.S.                                                                     If you make a donation, we thank you very much and ask you to please
Billy Haney                                                                                  inform your Post Adjutant / Quartermaster.
Seam Squirrel Pup Tent #2
Military order of the Cootie
Paddy Daddy Chairman

YOU COULD HAVE HEARD A PIN DROP: JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all U.S. military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded "does that include those who are buried here?

DeGaule did not respond.

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 MEMBERSHIP RECRUITING                              LIFE MEMBERSHIP VERSUS                          VFW LEGACY LIFE
                                                       ANNUAL CONTINUOUS                              MEMBERSHIP

  Keep on recruiting and see
  how far we can get beyond
      our “Bag Limit!”
               TO DATE                              2009-2010 Life Membership:
                                                       Up to Age 30 - $425.00
Are you a member in good standing? Look at           Age 31 through 40 - $410.00
your membership card. If it is about to expire,
renew it today or better yet, go LIFE                Age 41 through 50 - $375.00
                                                                                              Legacy Life Member levels (left to right) are
MEMBERSHIP and save money over time. It’s            Age 51 through 60 - $335.00                      Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
never too late to switch to a Life Membership
and you never have to worry about rate               Age 61 through 70 - $290.00
                                                                                           The VFW's Legacy Life Membership provides an
increases or remembering to renew!                   Age 71 through 80 - $225.00           opportunity for Life Members to leave their mark
-------------------------------------------          Age 81 and Older - $170.00            on the nation's largest combat veterans'
  MEMBERSHIP RECRUITING                                                                    organization. Available only to current Life
                                                                                           Members, the new Legacy Life Membership not
        AND APPLICATION                                                                    only offers expanded and exclusive benefits, but
           PROCESSING                                                                      also helps ensure that the VFW's good work will
                                                                                           continue for generations to come. Legacy Life
                                                                                           Members can select from three membership
Membership is the future of our organization. All
                                                                                           categories: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Each offers
comrades should be willing assist with a
                                                                                           a selection of exclusive benefits.         Once
membership growth and/or help the post in
                                                                                           activated, your membership will endow
whatever needs to be done. When you are
                                                                                           additional income - made in your name - that will
submitting an application for membership for a
                                                                                           provide a stable financial foundation for both
perspective new member, it is important to
                                                                                           your Post and the VFW. For more information
ensure you have it completed properly so as not
                                                                                           logon to:
to delay the processing. At the next Post
Monthly General Business Meeting, the
applications will be reviewed for completeness
and voted on before submission to the VFW
National Headquarters. To ensure no delays in                                              -------------------------------------------

  - Ensure you complete the application fully,                                                ?????????
  - Include proof of eligibility,
                                                                          Have you asked
  - Payment in the form of a check, money
order, credit card, or cash for either Life           “It’s not what you someone to join
Membership or Annual Membership. (Checks
and money orders will be made out to “VFW           paid to be a member,
Post ________.”)
Temporary membership is then granted to             it’s what you paid to
attend VFW Meetings and events with the Post
until such time as the newly recruited Comrade
receives their VFW Membership Card from the
                                                         be eligible.”     What are you
VFW      National    Headquarters     with  full
membership benefits.
                                                                           waiting for?
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                     VFW National Headquarters

    If you make a donation, we thank you very much and ask you to please inform your Post Adjutant / Quartermaster.

The VFW provides numerous services to military service members and their families. The three main
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