Due to the Memorial Service that will be held for Tommy Ford on Sunday, July 10th at 3pm, our scheduled scratch will be postponed. There will be no VA Hospital visit this month. We will meet on Wednesday, July 20th at 5:30pm, at the Post 3142. Please try to attend ~ MOC/MOCA & VFW/Auxiliary. We will be discussing the Grand that we will host the first weekend in February. We need the help and support of all to make this a successful venture for the VFW/A and MOC/A. Seam Squirrel, Don Parks President, Pat Kiger
Capt. John L. Weeks VFW Post 3142 was established on March 6th, 1941, with James F. Pitts as the first appointed Commander. There was no auxiliary until 1949, when President Audrey Hanna served with Commander John Kahrs. In the following years, the Post and Auxiliary members worked very hard to serve the military members, veterans, and the Charleston community. Through the newspapers, radio and television, they kept the public informed about what America could and should mean to them. It was important to start this with the youth of our country. Since this time, VFW Post 3142 has become a major contributor to the community through many avenues and associations. Our post is constantly visited by Comrades from other post homes, and we always go out of our way to make them feel at home.
We partner with friends around the U.S. to provide the best support system for our members. For example, Westgate Hotels offered our members free lodging for the revent Westgate Military Weekend. Learn more about the best hotels in Orlando and thanks to Westgate for supporting our veterans!
Providing grants to members with cancer, helping in the educational effort to make the public aware of the importance of early detection, and supporting research throughout the country are the activities involved in this program.
The VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship program provides a $5,000 award to an outstanding scout who is the recipient of a Boy Scout Eagle Award, a Venture Scouting Silver Award or a Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. Second-place winner receives a $3,000 award. Third-place winner receives $1,000.
Our Post members are also involved in numerous community activities including sponsored Patriotic marches, entering floats in local parades, donating food and clothing to the less fortunate at Christmas time, participating in the annual March of Dimes Telerama, and many, many other organizations. Post 3142 is definitely a VFW post home with members who care about their veterans and active duty military members, and we invite YOU to stop by and visit our home!
Don't forget to come out and join in on the fun and dancing every Saturday night
In remembrance of ALL veterans "both past and present"
Please click on the picture below and enjoy this tribute.
It really makes one think.....AND REMEMBER!!!
About the VFW
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.2 million members in approximately 8,100 Posts worldwide.
Its mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves.
In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.
Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.
Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which is being constructed in Washington, D.C., and is expected to open in 2010.
In 2001, VFW unveiled its tribute to service and country with its dedication of Centennial Plaza.
Annually, VFW members and its Auxiliary contribute more than 13 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.
From providing $2.5 million in college scholarships to high school students every year to encouraging elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there--honoring the dead by helping the living.