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

Calling All Middle and High School Students

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For students looking for scholarships to help lessen the financial burden college brings, it's not too late to participate in the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen essay competitions.

Open to eligible high school students, the Voice of Democracy program is one of the top patriotic audio essay competitions in the nation, with more than $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives up for grabs, and a first place prize of $30,000. More than 64,400 students participate in the competition each year. This year's theme challenges students to answer the question, "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?"

Open to eligible sixth through eighth grade students, more than 165,400 students compete in the Patriot's Pen essay competition each year to win their slice of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. The top individual VFW Department (state) winners are vying for the first place prize of $5,000. This year's Patriot's Pen theme asks "What is Patriotism to Me?"

Check with your local Post for submission deadlines. For more information on the VFW's youth essay competitions and how to enter, visit vfw.org/YouthScholarships.

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Veterans Need Support Especially in a Pandemic

GEORGETOWN, Texas - Even in a pandemic, veterans are returning from active military duty to prepare for civilian careers that require them to return to school for additional education and training...often beyond what is covered financially by the GI Bill. To make educational expenses less of a burden on service members, anyone can "Help A Hero" by getting a haircut at participating Sport Clips Haircuts now through December 5.

New for this seventh year of the Help A Hero scholarship program is a "text to donate" option. By texting "HERO" to 71777, donors can donate directly to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation that administers the VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program. Also new, the Sport Clips Clean Certified promise that stores will offer updated, next-level cleanliness and safety precautions for clients who come in for a haircut and donate via the store's kiosk.

More than 1,750 military and student veterans have benefitted from Help A Hero Scholarships through the nearly $8 million donated to date by Sport Clips Haircuts and its generous clients and product partners. These scholarships provide up to $5,000 of assistance per semester per family to help cover the cost of tuition and fees for service members and veterans in the rank of E-5 and below.

"Supporting our nation's military remains a priority for our veteran-founded business," says Edward Logan, president and CEO of Sport Clips. "Even though all of our stores were temporarily closed to meet state and local COVID-19 mandates, almost all Sport Clips locations are open again, stylists are working hard to make clients comfortable and excited to return to their normal haircut routine, and we are honored to once again support the Help A Hero program for those who have given so much for us.We're grateful to our franchisees, team members, and clients who faithfully support these important scholarships."

"Since the start of the pandemic, the VFW and its allies have worked tirelessly to guarantee our support programs remained operational," said Hal Roesch II, VFW national commander. "The pandemic's impact has been far reaching, especially for our military and veteran families, and this campaign helps to ensure we can continue to provide as many student veterans with scholarships as possible."

Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts on Veterans Day November 11 to service members and veterans with valid military identification, but it is important to check here for participating stores and store hours. Also on Veterans Day, the company donates an additional dollar for every haircare service to the scholarship program, which added $100,000 to the total raised last year. Help A Hero scholarships are awarded twice a year to help cover the cost of tuition and fees. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted through November 15 for the 2021 spring semester.Apply for a Help A Hero scholarship here today.

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About Sport Clips Haircuts

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, offers online check in for clients, and is ranked by Forbes as "Best Franchise to Buy" in the medium investment category and named a 2020 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review. There are more than 1,800 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the "Official Haircutter" of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named a 2019 Top Franchise for Veterans by Entrepreneur. Sport Clips provides "Haircuts with Heart" through its annual Help A Hero fundraiser that has contributed nearly $8 million to the VFW; national partnership with St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants; and other national and local philanthropic outreach. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing's NASCAR drivers Erik Jones, Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin; Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Indy Car driver Santino Ferrucci; and partners with NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.

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The VFW Podcast Debuts Today

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars began its next journey of communicating with veterans, service members and military families through The VFW Podcast, its newest communication platform today.

The VFW Podcast is the official podcast of the VFW, the oldest combat veterans service organization advocating for and serving our veterans, service members and military families worldwide.

You may download episode one of The VFW Podcast here.

"The VFW Podcast will feature one-of-a-kind perspectives and insightful conversations concerning veteran legislation, educational and financial assistance programs, national veterans' services, and critical initiatives from my lens," said VFW National Commander Harold "Hal" Roesch II.

The VFW Podcast will be available the first Wednesday of each month for the remainder of 2020 and will be found on all major platforms to include Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, Stitcher, Pandora and here at the VFW website. Beginning in 2021, The VFW Podcast will air the first and third Wednesday of the month.

"We are excited about the potential of The VFW Podcast and look forward to engaging our veterans, service members and families in a new way," said podcast host and VFW Director of Communications Terrence Hayes. "Our hope is that it allows for a new conversation - one that will carry over to social media and can deliver the information and resources our veterans require. The VFW is in the midst of a paradigm shift and I am very excited to be part of this transformational change within our organization."

The VFW Podcast guest list will consist of congressional leadership, Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs senior officials, VFW national leaders and everyday veterans doing amazing work in their communities.

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VFW Sport Clips to Host Virtual Walk for Veterans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sport Clips Haircuts are teaming up to host the first-ever virtual VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero Walk, offering supporters a new way to engage with Sport Clips' annual Help A Hero campaign.

The annual Help A Hero campaign, which kicks off in-store on Oct. 12, helps raise awareness and bolster funds to the VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program. The program provides student veterans with post-secondary scholarships so they are able to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. To date, $8 million in scholarships have been awarded.

Participants in the virtual walk may register and fundraise individually or as a team, and the walk offers the flexibility to participate where and when it is convenient. All participants are invited to join the VFW and Sport Clips for the Celebration Finale on the VFW's Facebook page on Dec. 5, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. CST.

The pandemic has presented many challenges, and the virtual Help A Hero Walk offers patriotic Americans with a safe and healthy way to show their support to our nation's veterans.

Complete details on the virtual Help A Hero Walk can be found at vfw.org/2020VirtualWalk.

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