Letter to the Editor: VFW seeks new members

The Marco Island Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will meet at the Mutual of Omaha Bank building at San Marco and Barfield intersection on 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10. All members are asked to attend this meeting which will install the new officers for the 2013/14 year.

Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month from September through June. The Post is actively seeking more new members from veterans that served in war areas at any time in their service. They didn’t have to carry a gun, but have been in a country where there was active warfare being conducted, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Korea, Vietnam or other campaign. No-one knows the needs of the veteran more than his comrades-in-arms, so you can make a difference by joining us and helping those in need.

The organization exists to help active and past veterans of military service to enjoy the lifestyle Americans are used to. This means help in getting employment and housing, health care from sources including the VA and long-term care facilities. Locally, we aid veterans families when a need arises that the deployed parent cannot take care of directly, using our members and funds from our ‘service fund’s unmet needs’ account for that purpose. The service fund is all monies collected from public donations and flag sales, and by regulation must go back to the public. When you buy an American-made flag from our Post all proceeds after expenses go into this service fund.

How many of us receive requests from organizations saying ‘send us money to support veterans?’ How do you know where that money is actually going and how much it will help those intended. In many cases only a small part of it actually goes to veterans. There are some groups that are bonafide agencies for this purpose. One is the Wounded Warriors project, and others are the American Legion and your VFW Post. If you want your money go to the right place, send it to the right place. The Marco VFW sends thousands of dollars each year to veterans homes, where those who can no longer care for themselves can live in dignity and the comfort of their comrades. Also, free telephone cards to deployed service members and help in gift packages are on our agenda.

For further information, flag sales or donations, call Commander Lee Henderson at (239) 289-5515 or the undersigned. We need you to help us help those who are responsible for our freedom. Thank you, and God Bless America.

Dave Gardner, Flag Supply Officer

Marco Island VFW

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