VFW Post 10069 is far more than a place for veterans to gather and share their experiences.
Over the past year, the VFW Post has invested tens of thousands of dollars into the community, providing funding for a host of projects from Semper Fi Sisters to the Gene Raffield Football League.
Commander Rick Armstrong this week released the community donations made by members of the Post since August 2011 and continuing through the end of 2012.
“This information is to let the community know that their local VFW is here,” Armstrong said.
From August to December 2011, the VFW Post made the following contributions:
Wewahitchka VFW Post, $1,000; American Legion Legacy Run, $500; Covenant Hospice, $5,000; Semper Fi Sisters, $1,500; Gulf County Sheriff’s Office Halloween, $500; Gene Raffield Football, $500; Relay for Life, $100; Camp Gordon Johnston Golf Tournament, $500; Octoberfest, $500; People Helping People, $500; street lights for VFW home for children, $225; The Bridge – Christmas gifts, $100; Randy Weston Family – burial, $500; Gulf County Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, $800.
“This list is just a monetary amount,” Armstrong said. “The VFW does a lot more behind the scenes.”
During the last year, Post 10069 has donated to the following causes and organizations:
American Cancer Society, $100; Port St. Joe High School – sign, $100; Fort McCoy Veterans Retirement Home, $720; Gulf County Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, $100; St. Joseph Humane Society, $550; Wounded Warriors, $3,000; David Kelly – Veterans Service School, $500; Port St. Joe High School – Odyssey of the Mind, $1,000; a local WWII vet’s wife – new floor, $300; American Legion Legacy Run, $950; Gulf County Sheriff – Florida Sheriff Explorers Association, $1,000; Covenant Hospice, $500; Briann Sigman – educational trip to Greece, $800; Dixie Youth for state tournament trip, $1,000; Port St. Joe High School – opening day t-shirts, $1,000; Gulf County veteran’s wife – pay for gas and electric, $421.62;
People Helping People, $200; Port St. Joe High School – banners, $150; Semper Fi Sisters, $1,000; Shriner’s Circus, $140; Wewahitchka girls softball team for travel to South Carolina, $1,200; Camp Gordon Johnston Golf Tournament, $500; Octoberfest to benefit Clifford C. Sims Veterans Home, $500; cooked and donated food for Semper Fi Sisters, $200; Toys for Tots, $150; Fort McCoy Veterans Retirement Home, $500; Tillary family – burial expense, $500; Pensacola USO, $100; Oak Grove Community Church for Christmas dinners, $500; Port St. Joe Boys Scouts, $500; Buck Watford – returning from combat dinner, $125; Port St. Joe High School NJROTC, $500 each quarter; Sims Veterans Nursing Home, $500 each quarter.
“In addition, we assist veterans that n3eed help to receive benefits they are due,” Armstrong said. “We conduct Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies, place flags on veterans’ graves.
“We also hold Bingo at 5:30 p.m. each Monday and the public is welcome. Our Ladies Auxiliary donates and assists different organizations and families in need, especially at the holidays.”
All veterans and families are urged to visit the VFW Post, which is located at 1774 Trout Avenue in Highland View. The phone number is 229-6826,
If you are a veteran and have or had a family in the military, please stop in and see if you qualify for one of the programs that entitles you to use the Post, Armstrong added.