VFW Checkpoint
July/August 2020

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We invite you to take this opportunity to see what other Posts around the world are doing to better their communities. Be sure to share the valuable information you get here with your fellow VFW members. A Post in Tennessee hosts a food bank for veterans every month, while a Post in Texas collected supplies for a returning military unit. In Vicenza, Italy, the SGM Donald F. Lawery Scholarship was awarded to a high school student. VFW Publications Department summer intern Madeline Mapes talked with a recipient of the Help a Hero Scholarship to find out how he plans to use his award.

Be sure to let us know what you are doing in your community. We always are looking to promote the great efforts of VFW. Email jdyhouse@vfw.org your suggestion, and you just might see it in an upcoming issue of Checkpoint.


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High School Senior Wins Scholarship in Italy

Post 8862 in Vicenza, Italy, awarded Kelly Anne Shinners with a $1,500 scholarship. She intends to use it for her education to train for a career in international peacekeeping.

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Texas Post Gives Flags Proper Retirement

Cub Scouts worked alongside members of VFW Post 1799 in Tyler, Texas, to retire U.S. flags on Flag Day. In the process the scouts learned firsthand how to organize such a symbolic and patriotic ceremony.

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VFW Offers Special Bond for Veterans

VFW’s 2019-2020 National Chaplain reminds his fellow vets of the sense of camaraderie within VFW’s ranks. He notes the relationships form from the sense of familiarity the military provides.

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‘Best Scholarship I Have Ever Received’

Marine Corps reservist is working on a double major at Western Michigan University thanks to the help of VFW’s Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship. He plans to become a commercial pilot after graduating.

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VFW Post Hosts Monthly Food Bank

In Johnson City, Tenn., Post 2108 sponsors a food bank the second Thursday of each month for veterans. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Post joined forces with community agencies to further assist local veterans.

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Soldiers Receive Boost Thanks to VFW Post in Texas

When Fort Hood soldiers returned from an overseas deployment, they had to be quarantined. VFW Post 4372 provided much-needed towels, sheets and pillows for their comfort.

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Honor Fellow Veterans with a Memorial Gift

One way to honor your brothers and sisters-in-arms is by supporting future generations of veterans with a memorial gift to the VFW in your will or trust. Learn more about estate planning and contact the VFW Planned Giving Office at 816.968.1119, email plannedgiving@vfw.org or visit vfw.org/plannedgiving for our FREE Personal Estate Planning Kit!

Hospitality Indemnity Plan

The Hospital Help Plan can help pay YOUR portion of medical bills. Learn more here.

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