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 Stands for Equality Condemns Vandalism of WWII Memorial

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the nationwide protests centered around the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) stands in solidarity for equality, however, condemns the vandalism of the World War II Memorial and other memorials near the National Mall.

"Equality is the cornerstone of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and must be in our great nation," said VFW National Commander William "Doc" Schmitz. "Bigotry and unequal treatment has zero place in this world."

Unfortunately, the "sacred" World War II Memorial was vandalized May 31 during protests in Washington.

"The VFW believes in peaceful, organized demonstrations. That is the right of every American," said Schmitz. "However, we are extremely saddened and angered to find that our sacred World War II Memorial was defaced. The veterans who fought for the very freedom to demonstrate deserve better and we condemn those who determined the memorial was worth vandalizing."

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VFW Pays Its Respects to the Fallen During Memorial Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In recognition of Memorial Day, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) honors the legacy of the men and women who served in our nation's military and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom.

While many Americans signal Memorial Day as the start of the summer, the less than one percent who have donned the uniform and military families worldwide understand the true meaning and significance of this sacred day.

"Comrades, many of you have walked the hallowed grounds of our national veterans' cemeteries solemnly laying eyes on the headstones of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who honorably served and placed the freedom of their nation before their very own safety," said VFW National Commander William "Doc" Schmitz. "We have lost hundreds of thousands of men and women since the founding of our nation in 1775, and unfortunately, as the global fight on terror continues today, we will lose more protectors of freedom."

This Memorial Day will be different considering the physical distancing and stay-at-home orders issued across the nation because of the unprecedented coronavirus. While many Americans will be unable to physically visit loved ones or traditionally gather to memorialize their sacrifice and commitment this year, the VFW encourages the nation to make this Memorial Day as significant as any other in our nation's history.

"On this Memorial Day, like all others before, I'm asking all Americans to spend this day solely on reflecting and remembering the service men and women we have lost over the course of history," said Schmitz. "On Memorial Day, and every day, we honor and salute every man and woman - and the remarkable families of these heroes - who gave their lives for our nation. Hence, Memorial Day will forever be a day that means everything to the VFW because our warriors decided we meant everything to them."

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2020 National Publications Contest Winners Named

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 20, 2020) - The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has announced the winners of the 2020 National Publications Contest.

Covering the 2019 calendar year, this year's publications contest garnered 39 entries, which fell 36 short of the 2019 contest

Entries for the contest derived from 24 Posts/Districts and six Departments. There were two submissions for the "Best Magazine" category and 12 submissions for "Best Feature Article." Of the 39 entries, 16 placed.

Two non-VFW-affiliated journalism professionals served as judges for the competition. This is designed to guarantee impartiality and objectivity in the judging.

The VFW congratulates all entrants for their hard work and service to their respective members. The pool of entries this year proved to be very competitive. Awards will be mailed in June to each Department for distribution.

If you have suggestions for how we can improve the National Publications Contest for 2021, write to us at VFW Publications Contest, 406 W. 34th Street, Suite 523, Kansas City, MO 64111 or email irodriguez@vfw.org.

The winning publications in each category are:

Best Magazine

Grand Award:

Texas VFW News
Dan West, Editor

Silver Award:

NC VFW The Leader Magazine
Russ Chambers, Editor

Best Feature Article

Grand Award:

"History Class In A Box?"
Kat Bryant, The Daily World
Aberdeen, Wash.

Silver Award:

"Two Mon Valley Veterans Use Pittsburgh Warriors Hockey Action to Ice Wounds"
Michael P. Mauer, VFW Department of Pennsylvania
Homestead, Pa.

Bronze Award:

"Showing The Way"
Mark Klaas, Auburn Reporter
Federal Way, Wash.

Department Publications

Large Frequency (printed 5+ times per year)

Grand Award:

Wisconsin VFW News
Marla J. Morgan, Editor

Silver Award:

Pennsylvania VFW News
David Sandman, Editor

Small Frequency (printed 1-4 times per year)

Grand Award:

Illinois VFW News
Barbara Wilson, Editor

Silver Award:

Michigan Overseas Veteran
Stacey Roberts, Editor

Bronze Award:

Gopher Oversea'r
Melody Shryock, Editor

District/Post Publications

Large Frequency (printed 5+ times per year)

Grand Award:

Post Chatter (Post 7591)
Pat Ryan, Editor
Department of Wisconsin

Silver Award:

Cannon News (Post 7589)
Rick Raskin, Editor
Department of Virginia

Bronze Award:

Charles R. Knaeble VFW Post 494
Lesley Kurke, Editor
Department of Minnesota

Small Frequency (printed 1-4 times per year)

Grand Award:

Hough-Pontius Post 3701 Report
Stacey Roberts, Editor
Department of Michigan

Silver Award:

VFW Post 2016 News
Ski Iworsky, Editor
Department of Massachusetts

Bronze Award:

VFW Post 10406 and Auxiliary Official Newsletter
Allen W. Kochenderfer, Editor
Department of Wisconsin

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Ace Hardware, VFW Honor Fallen Heroes with 1 Million American Flags

OAK BROOK, Ill. - In the true spirit of Memorial Day, Ace Hardware is again collaborating with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Ace Hardware is pledging to give out 1 million American flags nationwide on Saturday, May 23.

As an essential business, Ace Hardware stores remain open to safely serve their neighbors and local communities. Consumers who visit a participating Ace store on May 23 will receive a free 8" x 12" American flag* while a second flag will be donated to a local VFW Post to be used for marking and honoring veteran graves this Memorial Day.

"Ace is grateful for the opportunity to once again support VFW Posts across the country to honor our fallen heroes," said John Surane, Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer for Ace Hardware. "This Memorial Day, Ace is proud to work with the VFW and our loyal customers to remember and pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country."

"The VFW is honored to again team up with Ace Hardware to ensure America's fallen heroes are properly remembered on Memorial Day, one of the most important holidays of the year," said VFW National Commander William "Doc" Schmitz. "Despite uncertain times, it's vitally important that we pause and remember the service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice."

Last year, Ace Hardware sent a total of 535,000 flags to 2,230 local VFW Posts across the country. The American flag giveaway aligns with Ace Hardware's long history of supporting veterans nationwide. Ace's very name is a commemoration of the "Flying Aces," the courageous fighter pilots from the First World War. Ace's patriotism continues through the support of its veteran retailers, and the sincere appreciation for all the veterans and active-duty military who work in Ace stores, distribution centers, and its corporate offices.

*Flags will be available in participating Ace stores, while quantities last. Limit one 8" x 12" flag per customer. No purchase necessary.

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About Ace Hardware
Ace Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world with more than 5,300 locally owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 70 countries. In 2019, Ace ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores" according to J.D. Power, twelve out of the last thirteen years. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since 1924, Ace has become a part of local communities around the world and known as the place with the helpful hardware folks. For more information, visit acehardware.com or newsroom.acehardware.com.

About the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in over 6,000 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. For more information or to join, visit our website at vfw.org.

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