Orange County VFW Post 2093

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,600 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.

VFW News

VFW National Commander Honors Two Louisiana Sheriff's Deputies for Heroic Actions

NEW ORLEANS - Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Harold "Hal" Roesch II presented the VFW Life Saving Award to two St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office deputies today at St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Department.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office deputies Alexis Agnelly and Paul Quick received the esteemed award for heroic life-saving actions in the line of duty.

During a routine dispatch to St. Rose, Agnelly and Quick encountered a man who had been acting erratically while walking on the levee. The deputies quickly accessed the situation noticing mental health concerns. The man tried to evade them entering the Mississippi River unclothed, however, Agnelly and Quick chased and restrained him in the shallow waters before he could have seriously injured or killed himself.

"Deputies Agnelly and Quick are living examples of who our nation's first responders truly must be in our communities today," said Roesch. "Their selflessness, heroism and valor displayed at a moment's notice to help save lives, is not only a testament to their character as deputies of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, but as caring and dedicated citizens of this great community."

Both Agnelly and Quick thanked Roesch for the award and explained that they were simply doing their jobs of protecting their fellow St. Charles Parish citizens.

"Very appreciative of this award. I am a resident of this parish and it means the world to me to serve its citizens and work for such a great department," said Agnelly.

Quick echoed Agnelly's sentiments.

"There's no greater feeling than to serve as a police officer," said Quick.

The VFW has honored our nation's outstanding first responders with the VFW Life Saving Award since 2013. The award is simply a way for the VFW to formally thank the amazing efforts of men and women nationwide for going above the call of duty.

The VFW encourages all members to recognize local law enforcement, emergency medical technicians and firefighters through its Public Servant Award program. Find out more from your Post safety chairman or visit the community service section of the training and support hub at vfw.org.

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2021 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship Application Period Now Open

WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Student Veterans of America are now accepting applications from student veterans who are interested in participating in the upcoming 2021 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship Program.

The fellowship, now in its seventh year, will bring up to 10 student veterans - who must be VFW members - to Washington, D.C. early next March to meet face-to-face with their members of Congress and senior policy makers.

Student veterans interested in applying for the 2021 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship must complete an application package that includes a 400- to 600-word essay that proposes legislative improvements to one of the following four specific veterans' issues:

  • Student veteran success on campus and beyond;
  • Improving veteran's health care and benefits;
  • Transition from military to civilian life; or
  • Challenges for service members and military families.

The essay proposal should include a discussion of why the issue is important to the veterans' community, and how the fellowship candidate plans to address the issue through federal policy solutions and community-based advocacy.

VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship opportunities are open to all currently-enrolled student veterans. Fellowship candidates must be eligible for or already are VFW members in order to be considered, the eligibility criteria for which can be found here. Selected fellows will be flown to Washington, D.C., to ensure the veterans' voice is delivered to Capitol Hill alongside 500 fellow veterans' advocates as part of the upcoming VFW Legislative Conference, Feb. 28-March 5, 2021.

"The VFW's advocacy efforts have led to the creation of every significant veteran and military quality of life program in this century and last," said VFW National Commander Harold "Hal" Roesch II. "The VFW is proud to continue sharing these opportunities with a new generation of veteran leaders through our strong partnership with SVA, which over the past six fellowship classes has produced positive legislative changes for our unique community."

"Since our founding, SVA has partnered with the VFW to advance and improve benefits for student veterans and military-affiliated students by making sure their voices are heard on Capitol Hill," said SVA National President and CEO Jared Lyon. "The VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship empowers motivated participants to develop and execute a comprehensive action plan to research an issue they are passionate about then advocate for lasting change in Washington, D.C., and back home with local leaders."

All applications must be submitted by close-of-business Oct 23. Selected fellows will be notified before Thanksgiving, with a formal announcement of the 2021 fellowship class at the SVA National Conference in Orlando Florida, in January. For full details about the VFW-SVA fellowship and to apply, visit VFW.org/StudentFellowship or contact Matt Doyle, VFW, at mdoyle@vfw.org or Lauren Augustine, SVA, at lauren.augustine@studentveterans.org.

Past fellows have earned academic credit, found internships, accepted additional academic opportunities, and landed fulltime employment as a result of their fellowship experience. Several fellows have even had their research integrated into laws, which makes an everlasting impact on veterans, service members and their families.

The VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship is another example of the strong collaboration between VFW and SVA that resulted from a memorandum of understanding signed by the two organizations at SVA's 2013 National Conference.

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VFW, Sport Clips Award Nearly $700,000 in Scholarships to Veterans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is proud to announce 158 student veterans from around the country have been named recipients of the VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" for the fall 2020 semester, totaling nearly $700,000 in assistance. See the full list of 2020 fall semester recipients.

"Transitioning veterans are often faced with stressful challenges when they return to civilian life, and attending school to finish a degree during a global pandemic has certainly amplified that stress ten-fold," said VFW National Commander Hal Roesch II. "With so much uncertainty surrounding the upcoming school year, the VFW, together with our great friends at Sport Clips Haircuts, is thrilled to be able to make fall semester a little less stressful for these military and veteran families."

"With the current environment we're all living in, it's more important now than ever to support our nation's veterans and service members with this scholarship program," said Sport Clips founder Gordon Logan, a U.S. Air Force veteran and Life member of the VFW. "The Help A Hero Scholarship continues to provide significant financial assistance to so many who are pursuing their professional goals and Sport Clips is proud and honored to assist so many deserving recipients."

Established in 2014, the Help A Hero Scholarship program awards service members and veterans with post-secondary scholarships of up to $5,000 to help them achieve their educational goals without the burden of student loan debt. To date, the Help A Hero Scholarship program has awarded nearly $8 million in scholarships to more than 1,750 service members and student veterans.

Cory Breegle, an Army veteran and 2020 fall scholarship recipient attending Pratt Institute, said, "This scholarship will help me pursue a success that nobody in my family has achieved. I wish to become not only the first to graduate college in my family, but to be a professional in the field of architecture. I will become a licensed architect, and with this scholarship, I will be able to continue to focus on my goals and pursue them relentlessly, like my military service taught me to do."

Help A Hero scholarships are awarded twice a year to help cover the cost of tuition and fees of service members and veterans in the rank of E-5 and below. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for the 2021 spring semester. Apply for a Help A Hero scholarship today.

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Hal Roesch II Elected VFW's New National Commander

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hal Roesch II, of Hampton, Virginia, was installed as the Veterans of Foreign Wars' 112th national commander today during a change of command ceremony at the VFW National Headquarters.

Roesch assumes command of the oldest combat veterans service organization boasting approximately 1.5 million members, including its Auxiliary.

"I stand before you, humbled, elated and ready to selflessly serve the 1.5 million members and its Auxiliary as we continue the tradition of serving America's veterans, service members and families worldwide," said Roesch.

Roesch is a 20-year U.S. Air Force retiree serving from 1982 to 2002. He earned his VFW eligibility during his combat service in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and overseas service as part of Southern Watch. Roesch is a recipient of three Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, two Air Force Achievement Medals, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign stars, and numerous other awards and decorations.

Roesch joined the VFW in 1991 at VFW Post 3034 in Sumter, South Carolina, and became a Post commander at VFW Post 4542 in Spring Lake, North Carolina. He now maintains his Gold Legacy Life membership at VFW Post 3219 in Phoebus, Virginia.

Roesch has served in elected and appointed positions at the Post, District and Department levels, culminating with his election as VFW Department of Virginia commander from 2008-2009. On the national level, he has served on the Council of Administration from 2010-2012 and as the inspector general from 2016-2017.

Roesch said the VFW is preparing to build a 20/20 Vision For Veterans and it begins with re-educating and reintroducing the organization to its communities and local and national leaders.

"We are the pillars of our communities," said Roesch. "We represent the strength of our nation. And we will lead the charge into 2021 and beyond in protecting the very benefits and entitlements that our service members, veterans and military families have earned through their sacrifice, commitment and selfless service in defense of freedom."

Roesch said the VFW is more vital and instrumental today than it's ever been because of the veterans serving at Posts around the globe.

"Our VFW remains the resilient force it has always been," said Roesch. "We are stronger today because of you. Together, our voices will continue to be a dominant force in our communities, on the Hill and within the halls of the White House."

He also reinforced the organization's commitment to inclusivity stating, "Our doors are open to ALL eligible veterans, and today I stand here before you and personally invite all eligible veterans to join our organization."

Roesch replaced William "Doc" Schmitz as national commander.

Watch or read his acceptance speech.

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