Lunch with a grateful citizen - Wednesday, April 26th at noon
On April 26th, lunch will be provided by the child of our machine vendor. He is greatful citizen, and comes with him when he works on our machines. He loves veterans and wants to meet as many as she can, and hear their stories. So come and have lunch and speak with our young host.
Spaghetti dinner - Friday, May 5 6:00 PM
Our Auxiliary is holding a spaghetti dinner on Friday, May 5 at 6:00 PM. There will be spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert included.
Memorial Day activities taking shape - see schedule
There are several activities in the area where our citizens can honor those who have sacrificed for our country. See the full schedule of activities. Plus, our members will be out in the community with our Buddy Poppy campaign, distributing poppies to citizens to remind them of our veterans' sacrifices. Donations for the Poppies are used throughout the year for helping our veterans.
Post Bylaws Changed - Effective April, 2017
At the March meeting, the members present voted to change the Post Bylaws to have the House Committee members appointed, not elected. Although a majority approved this change, it does not take effect for 30 days since there was no pre-notification of this change. Therefore, if any
member has a problem with this change, the need to contact the Post Commander prior to the April meeting.
Cancer Insurance for Auxiliary Life Members - Ongoing
As a member of the VFW Auxiliary, a portion of our annual membership dues goes towards paying the premium on a cancer insurance policy in the event you are stricken with cancer. However, for Life Members, since there are no annual dues, we need to collect the insurance fee ($10) from our Life Members in order for you to be covered. If you are a life member, and have not already paid your insurance, you can send your check for the fee to our Treasurer Gerri Griggs, in care of the Post at 1706 West Garner Road, Garner, NC 27529.
New Veterans Service Center in Garner - Ongoing
The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs announced that it has opened a new service center in Garner at 315 Bellaris St. The Veterans’ Service Center offers assistance to veterans in filing for VA benefits and can link veterans to a vast network of public, private, and non-profit resources for employment, healthcare, housing, personal services and education opportunities. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary.
Military Benefits - Ongoing
There are many military benefits that you may not know about. Check out a
list of some of them.
Troops to Teachers - Ongoing
The Troops to Teachers program is set up to meet the needs of current veterans and students. New legislation passed expanded in 2013 the program to all veterans with an honorable military discharge. Read more about the Troops to Teachers program in this interactive quiz.
Members vote on sale of property
At the October meeting, the Post voted to put the property that we purchased for a new buiding up for sale. Other options are being pursued.
Local Food Bank donations - Ongoing
Community of Hope is part of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a local food pantry which accepts donations of a variety of food products that they pick up each week and take for local people in need. See a list of good foods to donate, and leave them by the Post in the box marked for this purpose.
Contact Congress to help our troops - Ongoing
In 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act which mandated cuts across the board. This cut has impacted our military training and put our troops at an increased risk of injury or death. Flight training has been reduced and maintenance on aircraft, ships and armored vehicles has been delayed. As you can see, this reduction of funds has hurt our military in being prepared. Contact our legislatures and tell them to end sequestration and remove the budget caps that Congress set back in 2011. North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis serves on the Armed Services and Veteran Affairs committee. He can be reached at 202-224-6342 or by letter at The Honorable Thom Tillis, United States Senate, Washington, DC 20510.
We accept old worn flags - ongoing
Do you have an old worn flag that needs to be destroyed? If so, drop them by the VFW any day, and we will handle it for your. They will be destroyed in accordance with the US Flag Code.
We now Recycle - ongoing
The Post now recycles cans, bottles, paper. There are bins for each of these items. And if you throw an item in the wrong container, and it gets out, the Post can be fined! So be sure to conform to the signs on all waste bins.
Thanks to our many volunteers - Ongoing
Each month, many of our members work at the Post and in the community to support our veterans. To thank them all in each edition of the Post Newsletter, takes a lot of room - due to the number of people to thank. So we are now listing them here, with a big Thank You, so we don't miss anyone. Check out who we thanked this month.
Supporting our Military
View this inspiring presentation from the third graders of Tussing Elementary, Colonial Heights, Virginia. At the end of the song you can order the sheet music.
Did you know you can send packages overseas by contacting NCPacks4Patriots, a nonprofit organization formed with the mission to support troops and their family members by providing care and comfort items and expressions of appreciation for their service and sacrifices.
Our Post has several family members serving in the War on Terror. Also, the Post has adopted three Military units based from Garner, Cary and Knightdale US Army Reserve Centers.
Click here or on the yellow ribbon at the top of every page, to see how you can support our service personnel and their families.
Watch this excellent video of why we do what we do to support our military