VFW District 7 meeting planned - Saturday, August 19, 2017
The next VFW District 7 meeting will be held at our Post on Saturday, starting at 12:00 noon. Membmers are asked to arrive early, and bring a side dish or dessert for the meal.\\
VFW State Golf Tournament scheduled - Sept 15-17, 2017
The VFW NC State (Billy Ray Cameron) Golf Tournament is schedule to be played in Sanford NC on September 15-17, 2017. See the application here.
VFW Visits to the Durham VA - Change in schedule
For some years now, the Garner VFW has made their visits to the VA hospital on the 1st Wednesday of each quarter at 7:00 PM. However, in recent years, as some of our faithful hospital volunteers have passed on, we have fewer and fewer members joining us. And some don’t like to come at night. The Garner American Legion has the same issues. So they approached us recently to see if we wanted to join them in their visits. They visit the Durham VA 6 times each year, on the 4th Wednesday of all the odd numbered months - January, March, May, July, September and November. Their visit is at 1:00 pm, but they usually get there about 12:30. The remaining months (all the even numbered ones), they visit local Garner nursing homes, visiting the veterans. They visit Northpointe, Lawndale and Laurels of Forest Glenn – all of which are just off Aversboro Road in Garner. They go on a Saturday, starting at 10 am at Northpointe and move down Aversboro Road, bringing refreshments for the vets. Their next visit is this Saturday, June 17.
National Auxiliary President to visit Garner - August 31, 2017
Each year, the National Auxiliary President visits the state, usually near the home of the State president. This year, she will be visiting NC in Cary, with some stops at Garner locations. See the full schedule, and plan on joining us for one or more of them. You will meet the National President, and get a chance to ask her any questions you might have about the Auxiliary.
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