By Michael T. Lewis, Commander, Outer Banks VFW
The Outer Banks Veterans of Overseas Wars of america (VFW Publish 10950) was shaped in April 1990. At the moment, it consisted primarily of World Warfare II and Korean Warfare veterans, with just a few “young guys” that had served in Vietnam. A number of of the unique constitution members are nonetheless energetic within the group, and the brand new younger guys and gals are those that served within the conflicts in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The put up has about 80 members representing all branches of the army service. Almost three years in the past, the put up added an auxiliary with about 50 members, consisting of family members of put up members from grandchildren to grandparents.
Our put up and auxiliary acknowledge that it’s an honor to have served our nation. The VFW mottos are, “Still Serving” and “No One Does More for Veterans.” We’re dedicated to aiding veterans and their households and actively assist our local people. As a trip vacation spot, we often get calls from guests asking about our canteen (bar/restaurant) – we don’t have one and even our personal assembly place. The Colington Volunteer Fireplace Division graciously offers us a spot to get collectively and every assembly contains the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of america, prayers for the widows and orphans on the VFW Residence for Kids, and remembrance of the killed/lacking in motion, wounded and disabled veterans, prisoners of conflict, and people at present in service. The spotlight of the assembly is the dialogue and plan of motion concerning a fellow veteran in want of help.
In offering help, we usually coordinate assist with the Interfaith Neighborhood Outreach and their extensions to County Social Providers and the Outer Banks Neighborhood Basis. The kinds of assist we provide embody development of entry ramps for disabled veterans, help with housing bills, present rides for veterans on Dare County Transportation System for gratis, present service canine for veterans affected by PTSD, catastrophe reduction, and meals, clothes, and shelter help for unmet wants.
We facilitate veteran advantages by the Veterans Administration, together with vocational coaching, superior training, well being care, incapacity compensation, and burial companies.
Our local people involvement is multifaceted. We provide annual packages for recognition of EMT Techs, Police, Firefighters, Boy Scouts, Lady Scouts, ROTC cadets, and Academics. We provide scholarships by Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests and a Patriotic Artwork Contest. We furnish honor guards, colour guards, and visitor speeches at civic ceremonies and veteran funerals. We conduct flag etiquette coaching and veterans within the classroom patriotic management classes at colleges. We stay up for main the parade every St. Patrick’s Day. We attend to the wants of veterans at Peak Assets and Spring Arbor with visits, events, studying supplies, ornamental door wreaths, and private necessities.
VFW Publish 10950 has certified for All State and All American Honors in recognition for being an elite group, however that’s not what motivates our actions. We try to satisfy our objectives and targets for the best causes. Eligible veterans and family members wishing to hitch and take part are invited to go to our web site at WWW.OBXVFW.ORG or name/textual content (252) 305-6681 for extra data.
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