ELIZABETHTOWN — VFW Post 8062 in Elizabethtown is getting ready to celebrate 50 years of serving the needs of local veterans and their families.
That magical date is on March 21, and the Golden Anniversary Award Citation will be presented to the Post in recognition of its half-century of outstanding service to the community. The citation comes on the heels of another recognition for 100-percent participation at the Post.
John A. Biedrzycki Jr., national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., congratulated all members of the post.
“I send my sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of VFW Post 8062 for the outstanding record of service to the community, veterans, and to the nation over the past 50 years,” he said.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. It is open to anyone who has taken part on any battleground.
Founded in 1899 in Denver, Colo., and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation’s largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans organization, with nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,700 posts worldwide. The VFW and its auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.
Oliver Goss is commander of the local Post, which was founded during the height of the Vietnam War. Goss, who served in Vietnam, says the main goal of the 32-member Post is to assist local veterans in any way.
“We carry them to the hospital, help with repairs around the house, just about anything they need done or somewhere they want to go, we’ll carry them or help them,” he explained.
Goss sees the brotherhood of the organization as one of its most rewarding aspects.
“There’s camaraderie there like family,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what branch you served in or where you served, if you’ve been in combat, then you are brother and that’s a bond that’s not broken except by death.”
The group meets monthly to take care of business and finances, and is currently in the process of trying to figure out ways to expand their membership. Only one Post operates in Bladen County, and its members are trying to stretch themselves out throughout the county in order to increase membership and help veterans on a larger scale.
The Post’s greatest need right now, according to Goss, is maintenance on their current building.
“We’re in dire need of building maintenance,” he said. “The building is the old National Guard in Elizabethtown on Hill Street. It needs paint and needs a new roof.”
He adds, “Donations are always accepted.”
For information or to join, visit the VFW website at www.vfw.org.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.