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FALL 2019

Official Magazine of the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars

Never Forget

INSIDE - Commanders Columns - Mobile Post Training - POW/MIA Day - Veterans Stand Down - Mid-Winter Convention - Community Highlights - Foundation Report - Texas VFW Birthday






Be a Flu Fighter

Protecting yourself protects them

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Just walk into your local Walgreens and show your Veterans Health Identification Card. We’ll update your records with the VA.*

to VA-enrolled veterans*

*This wellness benefit is only for veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. Family members and Tricare members are not eligible. No-cost flu shot option is for quadrivalent vaccine only, available now through March 31, 2020. Vaccines subject to availability. State-, age- and health-related restrictions may apply. Vaccine may be in limited supply after March 1, 2020. This does not constitute an endorsement of Walgreens or Walgreens products. Patients will also be asked to complete a vaccine consent form at time of service. Š2019 Walgreen Co. All rights reserved. | 1100263




OTS goes “on the road” providing training in far west and south Texas

State Commander’s Column Know the 5 Signs of Crisis | Veterans Crisis Line Sr Vice Commander’s Column


Jr Vice Commander’s Column

8 Patriot Day 9 State Commander takes OTS on the Road 10 POW/MIA Remembrance Day 11 Austin Veterans Stand Down Helps Homeless Veterans 12 Bataan Memorial Death March 2020 13 Mid-Winter Convention Banquet Tickets Order Form 14-15 Community Highlights 16 Texas VFW Foundation 17 Shenna Lawless takes 3rd Place in National Contest 18-19 Community Highlights 20 Statement of Ownership

Austin Veterans Stand Down Helps Homeless Veterans

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Texas VFW Community Highlights

100th Anniversary Book/Save the Date

21 Texas VFW 120th Birthday Celebrations 24 About the Texas VFW 25 Texas VFW Membership Application 27 Texas VFW Posts 3359 and 6796 Merge 28 Texas VFW Post 8904, Center, Patriot Day ceremony

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Official Magazine of the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars

Texas VFW Post 8551, Sweeny, performs Patriot Day ceremonies at several cemeteries in Brazoria County.

Never Forget

UPCOMING EVENTS Mid-Winter Convention | January 22-26, 2020

INSIDE - Commanders Columns - Mobile Post Training - POW/MIA Day

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS JULY-SEPTEMBER • 4th of July • Korean Armistice • Operation Iraqi Freedom • VJ Day • Patriot’s Day • POW/MIA Day • VFW Birthday

- Veterans Stand Down - Mid-Winter Convention - Community Highlights - Foundation Report - Texas VFW Birthday






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SERVING VETERANS SINCE 1899 What Does the Texas VFW Offer You?

Camaraderie with Fellow Veterans • Community Networking & Involvement • Remembrance Programs • Full Time Support of Today’s Service Members • Programs for Families and Youth • Full Time Watchdog on Capitol Hill and at the Texas Legislature • Free Representation in VA Claims • An Award-Winning Magazine Contributions: Letters, manuscripts, stories, materials or photographs are welcomed, but cannot be returned unless sender provides SASE. Texas VFW will not be responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photos and drawings. Submission of articles and letters implies the right to edit and publish all or in part. Please send your comments, suggestions, and ideas to: Texas VFW, PO Box 14468, Austin, Texas 78761 or email to Opinions expressed herein are those of the writers and not to be construed as those of the publisher nor as official views of the Texas VFW, the National VFW or any of its agencies, unless otherwise made manifest by writers or spokespersons acting on behalf of the foregoing. Advertising of products and services herein does not imply endorsement or approval of the Texas VFW. Advertising is accepted on the premise that the merchandise and services are accurately described. Ads that contain fraudulent, deceptive or misleading statements or illustrations, or in the opinion of the Texas VFW News may be offensive, are not knowingly accepted. If you encounter noncompliance, please tell us. For information regarding: Unit reunions, general orders, taps, District meetings and other topics, please visit Join us on Facebook for up-to-date information, photos of VFW events and breaking news relevant to veterans. Flippable online version of this magazine is available at



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The Official Publication of the Department of Texas, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Texas VFW News (USPS 008-177). Periodicals Postage Paid at Austin, Texas and additional mailing offices. Subscription price is $30.00. Published four times per year by the Department of Texas, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., 8503 North IH-35, Austin, Texas 78753 Volume 74, Number 2, © OCTOBER 2019. All rights reserved. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Circulation Dept., VFW, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111. Members Change of Address: Forward address changes to: Data Entry, VFW, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111. Be sure to furnish your old address, also your Post number, when requesting change to new address. To ensure accuracy, please clip and enclose your present address as printed on a recent copy of the Texas VFW News magazine. Advertisers: Electronic Media Kit available at, or request one from Terri Sheets at Dan West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor Andrew Camplen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Editor Terri Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graphic Designer/Ad Contact Department Headquarters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (512) 834-8535

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DEPARTMENT VETERANS COUNSELORS Houston — Terry “Mike” Eshenbaugh Waco — Katina Cryer

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STATE COMMANDER’S COLUMN Let me start by saying “thank you for all you do” to my fellow Texas comrades! We are now a quarter of the way through the VFW year and it has been extremely busy for all of us. To date, there have been two remote training sessions: one in West Texas and one in The Valley. These have been welcomed with open arms by the Districts and by the hosting Posts, and I believe this type of training will continue due to the positive reponses. I firmly believe the more training we receive the better off our Posts, Districts, Department, and entire organization will be — much like our military days. Many times I have heard a saying that new members “Don’t just walk into the Post.” Myself, along with other Officers, are testing this theory. In our travels all over the great state of Texas we entered Posts that we had never been to before and wore apparel that would indicate military service in order to gauge the reception we received. What an eye opening experience this has been! There were Posts that welcomed us as if we were long-lost brothers and others where all that was spoken was “Do you need another beer?” — instead of asking things like “Are you a member? Have you served? Are you eligible?” or even “Where are you from and what brings you here?” The “VFW STARE” is alive and kicking in Texas! Comrades, if you do not have an inviting atmosphere in your Post, why would a possible new member ever want to join? I visited an undisclosed District for six days without telling anyone what I was up to. I went into several Posts to see how they treated people they don’t know. While most were very friendly, in one instance I sat for over an hour and the only question I was asked was “Did I need another?” Again, if you were a prospective member, would you join this Post? I think you know the answer to that. We are most likely watching possible new members walk in and then right back out the door because they did not feel welcome. This has to change. In another instance, the Sr., Jr., QM, Chief of Staff and myself went into a Post together, wearing one of this year’s shirts, and we were told by a member of that Post that “I think y’all are lost” to which I replied “No, sir, this is the VFW post we were looking for.” The Jr. Vice asked the bartender if the Post Commander was present and asked her to please let him know that the state leadership was here. The Commander sent her out with a chip for a drink but did not come out to say hello even though we stayed for about 90 minutes. We must have an inviting atmosphere to prospective members in order to sustain and grow membership. Please do your part to have a friendly Post where ALL feel welcome! There have been many challenges thus far and I expect there will be many more, but following the Bylaws and SOP will guide each Post in the right direction, as this is what helps guide all of us. There have also been many successes and I appreciate what each of you is doing to make these happen. Please continue to assist our military, our Veterans, and our communities in any way you can. If we can grow our membership by approximately 1,500 members over our current goal, Texas will become the largest Department in the entire organization! We can do it if WE try. Let’s make TEXAS #1.

State leadership prepares for the Mobile Post Training in El Paso, Texas.

Remaining yours in comradeship,

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KNOW THE FIVE SIGNS OF CRISIS personality changes poor self-care hopelessness withdrawn agitation Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

loaded my pistol. I was in a I pulled into a local VFW and ic, Clin . V.A the g vin lea r About 15 months ago, afte of the V.A. Clinic and e my truck through the front driv to d ide dec had I e. car d to lot of pain and no one seeme e. I was angry and hurting so mpt for police-assisted suicid atte an in ne ryo eve and one start shooting at any en I walked in, I was ore I returned to the clinic. Wh bef r bee a e hav to d cte ele I walked into the canteen and e I had never met — a VFW Member — someon n era vet a n The . bar g din was ten greeted by an old friend who w me from Adam, however, f to me. This veteran didn’t kno sel him ced odu intr and e or heard of before, cam nts that were about to eral hours thinking of the eve sev for re the sat I f. sel him he made it a point to introduce rs. Slowly, I es off and on during those hou tim l era sev me to ed talk came and transpire. The VFW Member er did, and my previous plans pain didn’t decrease, my ang my ile wh and , him w kno to began to talk and to get VFW Post. Within two and became a member of the day t nex the 214 DD my h wit know them, were canceled. I came back r doors, greet them and get to you ugh thro lks wa e eon som er. When weeks I became a Life Memb ions that day. I will always be grateful to you and your act ays alw will I er mb Me W VF it could save lives. To this n they know. ny people owe you more tha consider you my brother. Ma

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If you are a veteran in crisis, or you are concerned about one, free, confidential support is available 24/7. Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1; send a text message to 838255; or chat online at


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PERCEPTION — The mental grasp of objects,


qualities, etc. by means of awareness, comprehension, insight or intuition or the faculty of these. As I traveled the State of Texas, I have witnessed two different perceptions of Posts in the Texas VFW. The first is the one where I have been welcomed and asked if I was a veteran and a member of the VFW. I talk with them and they tell me about the work they are doing for veterans and the community. The perception here is that this Post is inclusive to all and cares about its fellow Comrades and community. The second is where the Posts do not acknowledge strangers. I was at a Post recently where I sat for 20 minutes and no one said a word to me. I got up, handed my business card to the bartender asking her to give it to the Commander, said thank you, and left. The perception here is that this is just a watering hole. Comrades, if we don’t acknowledge strangers who come into our Posts, we are turning away potential members or we are turning away troubled veterans who are seeking help. In our National By-Laws it says we are to preserve and strengthen comradeship among members and assist worthy comrades. How are we going to assist veterans if we don’t acknowledge them? Please share these articles in this magazine with your Posts and all members. They are an eye opener. The suicide rate for veterans is around twenty per day — but with our help we can make a difference. Remember the VFW Post is not part of the canteen — the canteen is part of the VFW Post.

State Sr Vice Commander,

Dick Shawver

As I campaigned across this great state I talked about a lot of different topics. We must run our Post like a business, we must have a vision for the future, we are not elected to rule, we are elected to serve, and about the 3B’S: Build • Bridge • Belong. They are all important — but the “Belong” is the most important to me. At one time I almost didn’t stay in the VFW because I wasn’t treated like I belonged. The year was 2006. One of my PTSD doctors at the Houston V.A. Hospital recommended I join a Veteran’s Organization. He said it would be good for me to be around other veterans. I had heard of the VFW but had never been in a Post. I looked around on the internet, found one near my home, and stopped by during the week. I walked into a dimly lit, smoky canteen with beer signs all over the walls. The Commander and Adjutant were there and I signed up. No one told me anything about the VFW. I missed my first meeting but I’m guessing I was voted in. I did attend my second meeting and this is where it all fell apart for me. A grumpy old man checked my card. Not one introduction. No “How are you?” No “Who did you serve with and where?” We have a dinner after each meeting and I ate alone. At the next meeting I stood up during Good of the Order and told the group that if this is how the VFW treats new members, it’s not what I signed up for. I felt as isolated at their meetings as I did when I got home from Vietnam. That same grumpy old man came up to me after the meeting and apologized to me. He said the Post had lost its way. They were more concerned with the canteen and bingo than the VFW. He asked me to stay and help get them back on track. Four months later I was elected Jr Vice, and the next year Commander. In 2019 I was honored to be elected State Jr Vice Commander… And to think I almost quit the VFW because I didn’t feel like I Belonged… 

State Jr Vice Commander,

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Texas VFW Post 8573, Canyon Lake Members organized a walk in honor of Patriot Day called “Freedom Walk� held at Canyon Lake Dam on September 11, 2019 to honor the memory of all of those who perished.

Texas VFW Post 4443, Oak Hill Members organized and performed a Patriot Day ceremony at the community 9-11 Memorial, including invited guests, first responders, and members of the community.

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Texas VFW Post 2676, Windthorst VFW Post 2676 Life Member, Jim Faurie, provides a presentation on Patriot Day to the Wichita Falls Hirschi High School JROTC cadets.


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Texas VFW Post 6970, Poteet Members, auxiliary, and guests from the community joined together to honor those who perished on 9-11 by conducting a flag ceremony and flying it at half mast.

State Commander takes OTS “On the Road� Mobile Post training classes offered in far west and south Texas

Texas VFW State Commander Keith King brought the Texas VFW Officers Training Seminar (OTS) on the road to far reaching districts who have geographic barriers preventing them from easily attending the annual OTS in Austin. Mobile Post Training classes were held in District 10, El Paso area and D-18, Rio Grande Valley area. Averaging 30+ members per class, the training was a big hit and provided attendees with vital information needed to successfully operate a VFW Post. Stay tuned to and to facebook for 2020 class announcements.

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Texas VFW Post 3413, San Marcos Senator Donna Campbell was an invited guest at the Post’s POW/MIA Remembrance Day festivities. L-R: VFW District 17 Chief of Staff, Norm Copeland; Glenn Copeland; Senator Donna Campbell, M.D.; VFW Post 3413 Commander Dave Adams; President Bernie Adams, and Hays County VSO Jude Prather.

Texas VFW Post 8573, Canyon Lake Members and guests participated in POW/MIA Remembrance Day with a flag raising at the Post followed by ceremonial cake.


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Texas VFW Post 4819, West Members and guests remembered POW/MIA Day by setting up a ceremonial table at the Post to honor those who still have not made it home.

Austin Veterans Stand Down

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VFW Post 856 hosts event for homeless veterans Event helps 35 homeless veterans and 17 who are in VA transitional housing Stand Down Services Offered: • Information on VA housing, medical, domiciliary, mental health, and other treatment programs • Veterans benefits counseling • Clothing • Haircuts • Health care information and immunizations • Lunch, snacks, and beverages


1560 Foley Street | Houston, Texas Canteen 713-465-1342 | Office 713-465-1950 VFW/AUX Meeting — 2nd Tuesday 7:00 p.m.


Monday-Saturday Sunday

1st session-Noon 2nd session-1:30 p.m. 1st session-7:00 p.m. 2nd session-8:30 p.m.


Tuesday-Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.


1st Friday of Each Month-6:00 p.m. $14.00 Steak, Salad, Baked Potato & Dessert

~~~HAMBURGER/HOT DOG NIGHT~~~ 3rd Friday of Each Month — 6:00 p.m. $6.00 Hamburger/Hot Dogs, Trimmings & Dessert


“A” Room or “B” Room Call 713-465-1950 or 713-465-1342

Sponsored by:

Texas VFW Foundation | Travis County Veterans Service Officers Texas VFW Posts: 856, 10427, 8925, 4443, 9078, 8787, 8587 Texas VFW Auxiliary Posts: 10427, 3377, 8787 | American Legion Post 76 City of Austin | VA & U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Texas Veterans Commission | Texas Veterans Leadership Program | Workforce Commission F a l l 2 0 19 Te x a s V F W M a g a z i n e


Bataan Death March

03.15.20 The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging 26 mile march through the high desert terrain of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The memorial march is conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health, and, in many cases, their lives.


Texas VFW Team shirts will be sold at Mid-Winter Conference

Stay tuned to and to facebook for more information on how you can sign up to be a part of the Texas VFW Bataan March Team. Team shirts will be available for sale at the Mid-Winter Conference happening in Austin in January 2020.




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Recognition of the top ten State Winners from the VFW Voice of Democracy Program, the State Winner from the Patriots Pen Program, and Teachers of the Year.


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Texas VFW Post 7103, Athens The Post recently purchased and offered training from Brenda Malone, RN, on an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to aid in heart attack victims.

Texas VFW Post 8526, Rio Grande City Commander Mark A. Olivarez speaks to Rio Grande City High School students from Ms. A. Guerrero’s U.S. History class about the Importance of Victory over Japan Day.Â

Texas VFW Post 430, Canyon Members along with local Boy Scouts prepare care packages for troops deployed to Afghanistan.

Texas VFW Post 7108, Helotes The Post adopted the 75th Intelligence Squadron under the Adopt-AUnit Program of the MAP Program. The 75th Intelligence Squadron, from Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, was presented the Adoption Certificate from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States on September 27, 2019 to LTC Luis Palacio (L) by Post Commander John Maines and Quartermaster Rafael Portalatin (R). This is the third unit that VFW Post 7108 has adopted allowing them to assist soldiers and their families when deployed and also when they return from military missions.


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Want to be highlighted for the work you are doing in your community to honor veterans? Please send photos and captions to

Texas VFW Post 1533, San Antonio In 2011, the Post established a scholarship in memory of Jeremiah J. Geffre, an Army veteran who passed away due to an illness related to his service in Iraq. The scholarship is available to members and their immediate family members. Pictured below are the 2019 recipients.

Texas VFW Post 12058, Kyle The Post Honor Guard participated in a flag folding ceremony with taps and a modified 21 gun salute for a local veteran family.

Texas VFW Post 1475, Amarillo Members and guests of the local Korean community celebrate the Signing of the Korean Armistice. Pictured to the right are Mikel McGuire and Ben Lowrance.

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“I would like to take the time to Thank you, so very, very much for your help and support. I really appreciate your time and effort in helping me during this difficult time. I was admitted to the VA Hospital to have an emergency heart procedure and truly appreciate everyone’s help and support for me and my wife. Thank you so much!”

—Roland P. (US Army)


The Foundation was awarded assistance again this year from Austin Energy’s “Plus 1 Program” with an award of $41,021. This program offers direct utility assistance for qualifying veterans who are also Austin Energy customers.


This is the last quarter of the year to make your charitable donations. For more information on direct donations and/or estate planning, send request for information to

SUMMER QUARTER ASSISTANCE: 62 veteran households assisted — including 93 dependents and 4 surviving spouses, with $108,272 in direct financial assistance from July through September.

Texas VFW Foundation’s Board of Directors and its staff would like to wish all veterans a Happy Veterans Day. The Texas VFW Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) Public Charity. The Veterans’ Assistance Program is available to any Texas veteran with an honorable discharge, widow or immediate family member thereof, regardless of where or what time they served. Your charitable contribution could be tax deductible. Talk to your tax professional about how contributions to the Texas VFW Foundation could help.



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Cares Volunteer Grant Challenge Winners Announced Shenna Lawless takes third place in national contest for most volunteer hours logged and designates winnings to Texas VFW Foundation Shenna Lawless proudly served in the United States Army from 2003 through 2008 where she worked as a paralegal with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, assisting military judges and lawyers with legal matters and judicial work all over the world including Seoul, South Korea and Tikrit, Iraq. While deployed in Iraq in 2007 she was awarded the Combat Action Badge when her convoy came under direct enemy attack. Today, Shenna is known in her community to be a voice for veterans who have and are serving in the United States Armed Forces and acts as an advocate for veterans’ rights, issues, benefits and recognition. She is the first female Commander elected to the Frisco VFW Post 8273 since its inception in 1968. She also serves on Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney’s Veteran Advisory Committee and an active member of Women Veterans of America. Shenna graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Government with an emphasis in Legal Studies. Her passion for the legal field has led to more than 16 years of professional experience where she now has the privilege of serving on the Business Transaction & Regulatory Legal Team with FedEx Office. Thank you for all the amazing work you do in the community! A heart-felt “thank you” from the Texas VFW Foundation for the tireless hours you’ve contributed to make the world a better place!

Back Pew has teamed up with the Texas VFW Foundation and is donating .25 cents of every case equivalent of Hyper Light sold! Back Pew wishes the money it raises through Hyper Light sales to be used to help veterans and their families. The Texas VFW and Texas VFW Foundation is grateful for their support. Please visit their website to find out where Hyper Light is sold.

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Texas VFW Post 6970, Poteet The Post Color Guard recently presented the colors to kick off football games at Poteet Aggies Football in Poteet, Texas.

Texas VFW Post 8788, McAllen The Post and members of District 18 recently celebrated Ralph Hernandez’ 92nd birthday. He is a Purple Heart recipient and veteran of three Wars: WWII, Korea & Vietnam. Happy Birthday, comrade!

Texas VFW Post 9170, Beeville The Post held its first ever Town Hall Meeting which included 14 different Veteran Organizations. Each organization was able to brief the crowd on how they could help veterans and their families. The event was a huge success and was also able to help two veterans on the spot — one of whom was on the verge of becoming homeless.

Texas VFW Post 6386, Ingleside Texas VFW Post 7108, Helotes The Post and MG Unit 30 donated money and three sewing machines to the Madison High School Life & Consumer Science Department (formerly known as Home Economics) in support of needy students, many of them children of military veterans in the community.


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VFW Helotes Post 7108 Unit 30 Motorcycle Group assembled a Commanders Ride for all interested VFW MG Units in Texas to join them for a Saturday ride to Ingleside’s Post 6386. The units met in Seguin and traveled to Ingleside together where the Post Commanders for VFW 3904, Rockport, and VFW Post 8967, Port Aransas, were each presented with a $1,000 check donation to help in rebuilding their Posts after Hurricane Harvey.

Want to be highlighted for the work you are doing in your community to honor veterans? Please send photos and captions to

“Carry the Load” Ruck March

Texas VFW Post 12178, Weslaco

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The Post co-hosted a “Carry the Load Ruck March” to re-supply the Veterans Drop in Center, located inside the Tropical Texas Behavioral Center, in Weslaco Texas. The Vetetans Drop in Center is a place for needy and homeless veterans to stop in and eat, shower, and rest. Additionally, there are behavioral/mental services offered and the soup kitchen is open every day. Each Post member who participated in the march visited their local grocery store and filled their ruck sack with food to help re-supply the pantry which was running extremely low. The soup kitchen runs solely on donations from the public.

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Texas VFW Post 2148, Waco Members gathered to celebrate the 120th Birthday of the VFW complete with camaraderie and patriotic cake. Front row: George Weaver, David Salazar, Alton Leuschner, Jerry Guinn. Second row: Ray Masail, Donald Bailey, Ray Horn, Greg Brenner. Back row: Bryan Eggers, Donald Littlefield, Johnny Johnson. (972) 883-3171

Texas VFW Post 9313, San Augustine Members gathered to celebrate the 120th Birthday of the VFW over a meal and birthday cake.

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LYNN TOOMER for Texas VFW State

JR. VICE COMMANDER 2 0 2 0 -2 0 2 1 “Keeping




While on a mission to help a WWII veteran get assistance with his medical needs, Lynn joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His VFW eligibility comes from his service in the United States Marine Corps 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion in Desert Storm where he served with Task Force Ripper and Task Force Papa Bear. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V for his actions on the battlefield. During his last deployment he served in Somalia.

Lynn Toomer: A Qualified and Proven Leader Gold Legacy Life Member All State/American QM 2013-14 All State Post Commander 2014-15 District 21 Commander x 2

District 21 Chief of Staff 2018 • 2020 State Deputy Inspector 2017-18 National Aide De Camp 2012-15

Lynn believes in the Core Values of the VFW and will continue to fight for ALL veterans’ rights and the future of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. We never forget our brothers in arms who came before us, those currently serving, and those who will come after.

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Hundreds of Texas VFW Posts conduct school supply drives each year to help supplement underserved school districts. Here, Calderon-Daily Memorial Post 12178, Weslaco, distributes school supplies to a rural school, JB Munoz Elementary, located outside of Harlingen, Texas.













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MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Please fill out the VFW Membership Application below and mail in, or sign up online at > Home > Membership and follow link. Name:___________________________________________________________________________Email:_________________________________________________________________________ First



Suffix (Jr., Sr., etc)

Address:________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City:____________________________________________________________________________________State:_____________________________Zip:_________________________________ Phone:_____________________________________________________________________Date of Birth: (MM/DD/YY)_________________________________________________________ Military Service: p Air Force p Army p Coast Guard p Marines p Navy Current Status: p Active Duty p Veteran p National Guard/Reserve I served in:

p Pre-World War II p World War II p WWII Occupation p 1945-55 (Europe, Korea, Japan) p 1945-90 (Berlin)

p Korean War 1950-54 p Desert Storm/Shield p Korea 1955 p Bosnia/Kosovo 1995 p Vietnam 1958-75 p Global War on Terrorism — p Expeditionary Operations Expeditionary 2001 1958-2003 (Thailand, Grenada, Libya,

p Afghanistan 2001 p Iraq 2003

Panama, Haiti, Somalia, etc.)

Qualified recipient of: p Imminent Danger/Hostile Fire Pay p SSBN Nuclear Deterrent Patrol* *Period Covered:______________________________________________________(Required for applicants with no other reported qualifying service.) I would like to join the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars as a(n): p Annual Member p Life Member p Life 12 Mo. Install* ($45 Initial payment)


One-Time Payment

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Automatic Payment Plan Terms and Conditions: You authorize the VFW to initiate electronic debit entries or affect a charge by any other commercially accepted practice to your account set forth above for the payment of dues reflected on this application. You understand such charges may be made within 2-3 business days of payment due date. For installment payments, charges will be made on or around the 1st or 15th day of the month. This authorization will remain in full force until VFW has received notification from you of its termination or upon completion of the installment payments. Annual dues are subject to change. By completing this authorization, you acknowledge that you will only receive notice when the payment would differ by more than $10.00 from the most recent payment. Call VFW Customer Service at 1-800-963-3180 or write to VFW at: VFW, P.O. Box 119028, Kansas City, MO 64171 to inquire about or cancel a payment, or to report problems such as bank closures, lost or stolen account numbers, closed accounts, or unauthorized transactions. Cancellation requests must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Time ten business days prior to the scheduled payment date. If you are unaware of the charge date for your account, please contact VFW. If a payment is returned by your financial institution (e.g., due to insufficient funds, incorrect account information, closed account, etc.) The VFW will contact you at the address we have on file for you, explaining why the payment could not be processed, and providing alternative payment options. The privilege of making payments under this agreement may be revoked by VFW if any item is not paid upon presentation. You may have additional rights and responsibilities under the Electronic Funds Transfer Act. Life Membership Installment Plan Terms and Conditions: The VFW Membership Installment Plan allows any VFW member/applicant to purchase a Life Membership by making an initial payment of $45.00 and (11) monthly payments. The member will be issued an Annual membership card at the time of enrollment. The member may elect to receive a monthly statement by mail or may set up a payment profile to make the monthly payment automatically using a credit/debit card or bank account. A payoff amount will be printed on each monthly invoice, allowing the member the option to pay in full. A permanent Life Membership card will be issued upon the completion of payments. The Life Membership fee is determined from the schedule using the applicant’s age on December 31 of the year in which the application is submitted. Delinquencies will be handled as follows: Up to 30 days – continue to bill; 31 to 120 days – delinquency can be corrected through make up payment(s) or plan end date pushed forward; More than 120 days – member is dropped from the Installment Plan, all monthly payments made to date, are applied to future years annual dues.

I attest by forwarding this application that I am a citizen of the United States, that I qualify for the VFW and that my Campaign Service was honorable, and that I have never been discharged under other than honorable conditions or I am still serving honorably in the armed forces of the United States of America. I further give authority to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States to verify my entitlement to membership in the VFW and that if no proof can be found or provided that I am subject to discharge from the VFW without refund. Signature:_______________________________________________________________________________________________ Date:________________________________________ Amount $:______________________________________ Include membership payment by check or money order (DO NOT SEND CASH) or pay by credit card.

p Mastercard

p Visa

p Discover

p American Express

Credit Card Number: _________________________________________________________________

Exp. Date: _____ _____ / _____ _____

Mail to: Texas VFW • P.O. Box 14468 • Austin, Texas 78761 | For questions call: (512) 834-8535

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James “Jeff” Clark Candidate for ” Clark s “JeffCommander meVice JaJr. Department of Texas der n a m m o C e ic V . Jr r fo te a Candid 2020-2021 Department of Texas 2020-2021


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Post 3359, Garland, merges with Post 6796, Dallas, to form One Post Before the merger, Texas VFW Post 3359 creates VOD Scholarship in Doc Howard’s name

! g n i d n a O u tst Congratulations to Texas VFW Post 3359, Garland, and Texas VFW Post 6796, Dallas, on the merger into one Post 6796! Congratulations to the new officers and we wish you success in the represtation of the merged Post. Before the merger Post 3359 donated $100,000 in the establishment of a 20-year VOD Scholarship at the state level named the “VFW Post 3359 Thomas Doc Howard Memorial Scholarship” of $5,000 per year.

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TEXAS VFW POST 8904, CENTER — Members, auxiliary members, invited guests and the community participated in a Patriot Day program including playing of Taps, guest speakers, and the laying of a memorial wreath.

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