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.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce its “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” has been named a Silver Award Winner of the Support Our Veterans Award by the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Franchise Education & Research Foundation.
Established by a generous donation from Roark Capital Group, Franchising Gives Back salutes the best, most innovative community leaders and charitable programs nationwide.
The announcement was made during the IFA’s third annual Franchising Gives Back Awards dinner. The Franchise Education & Research Foundation also recognized five Gold Winners and 12 additional Silver Winners.
“This prestigious recognition validates the dedication and support Sport Clips has continued to show to America’s veterans, service members and their families,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. “Together, we’re helping ensure America’s heroes achieve their educational goals without being saddled with excessive student loans, one Help A Hero Scholarship at a time.”
“It’s always an honor to be recognized for the good work our Team Members and the VFW are doing through the Help a Hero Scholarship program and we are grateful to receive this award from the IFA,” said Sport Clips Founder and CEO Gordon Logan. “We are especially pleased about the increased exposure this brings to the Help A Hero Scholarship program and the VFW. We look forward to many more years of working with the VFW and helping veterans and service members achieve their educational and career goals.”
Since 2014, the VFW has worked closely with Sport Clips CEO and VFW Life member Gordon Logan, and the entire Sport Clips team to raise funds for post-secondary scholarships benefitting America’s military and veteran families. To date, over $3 million in scholarships have been awarded to over 800 service members and veterans.
The application deadline for the 2018 spring semester is November 15. For more information on eligibility requirements and to apply, visit www.vfw.org/scholarship.
The emotional toll of a cancer diagnosis is overwhelming in any circumstance. Sadly, so many parents grapple with the additional stress of coming up with the money to pay for chemotherapy.
Kenneth Vaughn, a former Army Specialist of Trenton, Ga., said he “felt he was drowning” when his ten-year-old daughter was diagnosed with bone cancer. Already struggling to pay household bills, Vaughn, a disabled veteran rated at 80%, felt his life unraveling around him.
“It came down to choosing whether I would pay my daughter’s medical bills out-of-pocket, or pay my utility bills on time,” Vaughn related.
“My daughter is more important. She’ll always be my main priority, no-contest.”
Previously very active in his local VFW Post, Vaughn knew about the resources the VFW has available to veterans in a tight spot.
He said, “Anytime I’ve needed them, the VFW has always been there for me. They’ve helped more than I could ever say.”
VFW Unmet Needs paid Vaughn’s electric and water bills, and provided a Wal-Mart gift card to assist with groceries.
It’s been a difficult road for Vaughn ever since he was injured while on active duty in Iraq. But despite the obstacles he’s faced, Vaughn is proud to have served his country.
“My family has a long history of people serving in the military. I come from a very small, patriotic town – it was all I ever wanted to do.”
Vaughn concluded that when his family “is in a better spot,” they will re-invest in the VFW. He remains thankful for the help from his fellow veterans and VFW supporters.
“It warms my heart to see people still care about veterans and their families.”... read more Published: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:38:49 Z
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey continues in Texas and Louisiana, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. stands ready to help affected service members, veterans and their families.
While the full extent of Hurricane Harvey’s level of destruction is still being evaluated, the VFW knows from its past support of Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina victims that the need for financial assistance will be great. The VFW is calling on you to help ensure America’s brave warriors and their families have the immediate help they need to start rebuilding their lives.
Join with the VFW and show your support by making a $10 donation to the VFW’s relief efforts by texting the keyword “NEEDS” to 27722, or mail in your donation of any amount to: VFW Quartermaster General, 406 W 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. All funds raised will be distributed to veterans, military personnel and their families.
Those service members, veterans and their families in need of immediate assistance should contact the VFW Department (state) headquarters from their respective state: Texas: 512-834-8535 and Louisiana: 225-928-5025.
“Our hearts and prayers are with all those impacted by this hurricane’s destruction,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. “The VFW has a long history of supporting America’s communities in the wake of tragedy, and the VFW stands ready to support them now.”
Full terms:... read more Published: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:28:53 Z
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce its Unmet Needs program set a new record by awarding more than $2 million in financial assistance grants to nearly 900 military and veteran families during its 2016-2017 program year. The new record shatters last year’s program record of $550,000 being distributed to 184 families.
“The VFW Unmet Needs program continues to touch many lives every day,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman, who explained that the program provides up to $5,000 to veterans, service members and their families during times of financial hardship. The one-time assistance is awarded in the form of a grant, not a loan, so there is no repayment requirement. Since its inception in 2004, the VFW Unmet Needs program has provided nearly $8 million in financial assistance to more than 4,850 military and veteran families. The program is supported entirely by generous donations from VFW members and supporters, and corporate sponsors like BURGER KING® franchise owners.
“Those who have worn the uniform have sacrificed enough” said Harman. “Panicking over whether to fix the car, replace the hot water heater, or put food on the table, are stresses they don’t need. I am proud the VFW has a program that gives them a place to turn to when they need it most.”... read more Published: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:17:59 Z