You will notice a change in news posting here. Instead of keeping a history of relevant posts, the main entry will be updated to reflect current news and event status. Anything of long term interest will be added to the 'Ongoing' and 'Document' sections below.
With the return of warm weather, plans are being made and events are happening that members need to be aware of. To end March, the Post will join with VVA Chapter 240 for a 'Veterans Welcome Home' celebration at the Post starting at 1 PM, Saturday 29th. Although originated as a celebration to the return of Vietnam Veterans, we will celebrate the return for ALL Veterans. This is an open event for the public, and all local Veterans are encouraged to attend.
Other upcoming events include a Post Clean-up on April 18, which is in preparation for Safety Day April 26th that will include community involvement from Hendersonville's Public Officers in the Police, Fire, EMS, and other services.
At the March meeting, the nominating committee presented its proposal for officer candidates. Next month's meeting will open the nomination of other interested candidates before the election. Anybody seeking office must either present a letter of intent to the Commander before hand or be present to accept nomination to be on the ballot. Newly elected officers will be installed at the May meeting and will take office after installation of the Department officers in June.
The trial visit for the Honor Run to the Middle East Conflicts Memorial (Website and Facebook page) in Marseilles, Illinois scheduled for last weekend was postponed to a later date. The planning committee still needs logistical help from members. Contact the Post at 615-824-9851 if you can assist.
The campaign by Post Sr. Vice Commander & District 4 Commander Bob Underwood for Department Quartermaster continues. Follow and recommend his Facebook page for updates and to post questions. He has visited several Post and District meetings and has a full agenda for the next three months to attend more where he shares his ideas with members. He says his main motivation to take this on was the national call for younger veterans in higher offices. He will bring fresh ideas to the Department, continuing his service to help Veterans across Tennessee.
Ongoing Info-> ->
Lounge - The food menu changes daily. Pub style food of all kinds. Drop by after work and see what Cody has in store to soothe your appetite.
Boosters - Booster meetings are the Wednesday before the Second Thursday of each month. Members are encouraged to attend and direct the projects that support the Post. 6:30, April 8 is the next meeting.
2015-16 Student Competitions - Themes for VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Competitions will be; VOD: My Vision for America & PP: What Freedom Means to Me. Students do not have to wait until next school year to get started.
Suicide Awareness -- Too many Veterans are taking their lives. Family Members often don't understand the conflicts PTSD sufferers deal with and have difficulty communicating with them. Be aware of signs of PTSD and/or suicidal thoughts. Do not shrug them off as a 'condition' nor try to handle this alone. HELP IS AVAILABLE. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, check this link or call 1-800-273-8255 for help dealing with the feelings. HOPE is not gone!
Remember to say "Thank You for supporting Veterans" when you visit them.
Living up to the the VFW Motto: "Honoring the Dead by Serving The Living", The Post participates in all National VFW Programs as well as created local programs to support Veterans in our community.
"The VFW continues to be the nation's strongest voice for veterans
and the catalyst for change in improving veteran's benefits."
Veterans Food Pantry
- The Veterans Food Pantry, sponsored jointly with Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 240, was developed to assist local Veterans and their families (including Active Duty) needing assistance with basic food and staples. Weekly, the Post receives overstocked and donated items and safely stores them for distribution. Recipients must meet and maintain eligibility requirements to receive assistance.