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Local VFW post receives national award
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Levangie, Commander of VFW Post No. 8346, receives the Outstanding Community Service Post Award from VFW Commander-in-Chief, John E. Hamilton.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 8346 and Ladies Auxiliary of Ridgeway, received the Outstanding Community Service Post Award at the National Convention in Louisville, Ky., on July, 22. The reception was invitation only.

Criteria to receive the award are set by the VFW State Headquarters for recognizing posts’ community service work in their local areas. This year, 68 VFW posts from across the nation received this national award. These posts are considered outstanding examples of the more than 11.9 million hours of community service valued at more than $263 million performed by VFW volunteers last year.

While honoring the award recipients, VFW Commander-in-Chief John E. Hamilton said, "Through our community service program, we help build a better, stronger America. We fulfill our commitment to serve America’s veterans and their families. This post has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to its community. Their exemplary service is an example to citizens across this great nation."

In addition to community service efforts, the VFW assists veterans and their families to obtain veterans’ entitlements and other services for the wellbeing of those serving on active duty, in the National Guard and the Reserves. The VFW was founded in 1899. There are over 2 million members of the VFW and its auxiliaries, located in approximately 7300 posts worldwide.