VFW Checkpoint
January/February 2021

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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. Post 1533 in San Antonio honors the memory of a deceased veteran through a scholarship program. In Mankato, Kan., Post 7830 works with the Boy Scouts in retiring old U.S. flags. These are just two examples of the tremendous work VFW’s men and women are accomplishing

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.



Post 1533 Pays it Forward

In San Antonio, one VFW Post honors the memory of an Army veteran through a scholarship fund. To date, 69 college scholarships have been awarded.


Properly Retiring U.S. Flags

In partnership with the Boy Scouts, VFW Post 7830 in Mankato, Kan., has disposed of more than 1,200 flags in seven years. Post members say it’s become a “Mankato tradition.”

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The Meaning of the Cross of Malta

VFW’s 2020-2021 National Chaplain writes of the importance of VFW’s emblem: The Cross of Malta. It represents who we are, what we do and why we do it, he said.


Continuing to Help a Hero

Sport Clips made a more than $1 million donation to the Help a Hero Scholarship program in January. More than $8.7 million in scholarships has been awarded since the program first began.
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‘Lunch With a Vet’ Proves Meaningful

A VFW member and Vietnam vet started a program in 2008 to thank veterans for their service. While the program is no longer in place, he hopes that others will do something similar in communities around the nation.


Banners Recognize Hometown Heroes

A program of recognition pays tribute to veterans by hanging banners throughout communities. Each banner features the name and photo of a veteran.

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Help Your Fellow Vets

There are a number of ways to support the VFW that don’t require you to donate any money today, and may only take a few minutes. For instance, have you considered naming the VFW as a beneficiary of your retirement, bank accounts or life insurance policies. For details, see vfw.org/plannedgiving or contact the VFW Planned Giving Office at 816.968.1119 or email plannedgiving@vfw.org.

Get Peace of Mind While Traveling

Give your family added security in case you’re in an accident while traveling. Learn more here.

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