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Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its Ladies Auxiliary support various programs

Posted: November 3, 2011 10:55 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2011 5:00 a.m.

(The following list, provided by Marianne Larson, outlines the programs and organizations the VFW Ladies Auxiliary actively support. Larson said she wrote the list to help local women understand what the VFW Ladies Auxiliary does.)

Veterans and Family Support: This includes the National Military Services, Unmet Needs and Operation Uplink. These programs assist veterans, active duty military and their families.

Also included is our Buddy Poppy Program. The poppies are assembled in VA Medical Centers and State Veterans Homes. These veterans are paid a small sum for their work assembling the poppies. The VFW Members are Auxiliaries distribute these Poppies to the public, generally around Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

We also support the VFW National Home for Children which is located Eaton Rapids, MI. At this location there is a helpline, 800-851-0238 which provides assistance and supportive services to veterans and active duty members and their families within our community, as well as housing available at that location to those who qualify.

Americanism/Patriotic Instructor: We promote teaching the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag as well as flag etiquette to youth groups and in schools.

Cancer Aid & Research: We raise funds to donate to research centers across the nation to assist in their research programs. Also available is a two year $100,000 Postdoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship awarded to cancer researchers in Universities specializing in cancer research.

Voice of Democracy & Patriots Pen Programs: We sponsor contests aimed at our Youth. The Voice of Democracy Contest is available to students in grades 9 to 12 who record a speech answering the question “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?” The speech is limited to 3 to 5 minutes. The deadline to enter has already passed.

The Patriots Pen Contest is available to students in grades 6 to 8, and the theme is “Are You Proud of Your Country?” Students are to submit a typed essay of 300 – 400 words. In both these programs home schooled and those attending private academies are eligible to participate.

Our Auxiliary sponsors the “Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.” This contest is available to grades 9 – 12. The deadline to have these art entries to our Auxiliary is March 31, 2012.

There are awards given at all levels to winners of these youth oriented contests: Post, District, State and National. For further information contact any VFW or Ladies Auxiliary Member or myself.

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