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VFW: For Veterans and Community

 

What comes to mind when you think of the VFW? A dusty old bar and bingo perhaps?  Did you know that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post performs community outreach?  Did you know that they provide scholarships, education and assistance to those in need? Your local VFW Post 3838 members stay very busy!  They do have a bar, The Cantina, but you won't find any bingo there.  Instead they host events like bands, karaoke, poker tournaments, charitable drives, support group meetings,  lunches and dinners. 

Two important events going on right now are the Team Martina McBride Collection and the upcoming Chili Day.  The Team Martina McBride Collection is designed to collect donated food items and turn them into baskets and meals for cancer patients.  They also take monetary donations to turn into stockings for the patients for the upcoming holiday season. 

Chili Day is December 6th.  It is an annual fundraising event that is designed to help those who may have fallen on hard times lately.  Not only is it a fun afternoon with good food and community, but it also is a good cause designed to provide temporary assistance to those who need it. 

In addition to the ongoing outreach, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars have a full schedule on Veterans Day.  They will start the day at 7am with the raising of the flags in the Avenue of Flags in the Cape County Park, followed by a KRCU program at 8a with speaker Jeremy McBroom.   The program is open to guests but seating is limited. After the program the members will join the Joint Veterans Council for a program at Freedom Corner on Broadway at 11am.  This will be followed by lunch at the Post in which guests are welcome to attend.  After lunch the members will be attending a Veterans Tribute at Central High School.  It will likely be a long day for the veterans, but it will be a nice celebration of those that served our country. 

It is at this point that my interview with office manager and event coordinator, Debbie Griffin, gets a little emotional.  She is proud to be part of the organization and proud of its members.  She says that the veterans deserve recognition and wish they could do more for the community.  She says of the service men and women, "They come back and give 10 fold for what they get out of the community. They fought for their country and are still fighting. "  Debbie's passion for the organization and its members  is clearly a VFW principle.  It is evident in a statement on the VFW national page (vfw.org), "The VFW was founded for one, single purpose: to assure those who've protected our country are protected in return." 

It is a very giving organization that treats its members like family.  Debbie only wishes that more people would take advantage of the benefits of Post membership has to offer.  She says that most people who are eligible don't even know they qualify.  It is through the generosity of the members and guests that the Post can provide so much outreach in the community. 

So in honor of the upcoming holiday please take a moment to remember those who have fallen and thank those who have provided us with the honor of their service. 

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For a listing of membership eligibility requirements and upcoming events take a look at their website http://www.vfwpost3838.org/ or call 573.334.4438

Guests are welcome to most events and to enjoy offerings in The Cantina

National Veterans Small Business Week runs November the 4th-11th.  According to the SBA website (sba.gov), "nearly 1 in 10 small businesses are veteran owned."  The SBA and its affiliates help over 200,000 veterans, service-disabled veterans and reservists each year. 

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