Reaching out into our communities is vital to our organization,
developing relationships with community leaders, media, school faculty
and local civic groups can greatly assist each post in achieving the VFW
mission. This effort is championed by our Community Activities Committee Chair Jeff Jorgensen.
Comrade Fischer, who currently is the Shoreline American Legion Post 227, Post Commander, has organized taking ice cream, donuts or the like to local Police stations from our VFW Post; he is promoting the fact that veterans support the local police. Larry also organizes veterans giving rides to other veterans. He also worked on getting a Veterans Memorial established at the Shoreline City Hall.
Comrade Eli Smith, a former NFL Running Back, offers and provides rides to any veteran in North King County or South Snohomish County to wherever they need to go e.g. VA Hospital, VA Clinic in Lake City, Doctor's office, shopping, etc. Eli also manages a clothing drive that accepts and provides clothing to low income high school students.
Our Service Officer Tim Miller works with veterans who are having trouble with getting their claims through the VA. Tim is also connected to the Joint Service Committee (JSC) who meet twice a week at the MLT American Legion post. The JSC actually sits down with veterans who need help, which includes help with VA forms. They specialize in helping veterans with PTSD.
Comrade Parl Guthrie is co-leading, along with Jim Morrison of the Burien VFW Post, the effort that garnered $25,000 they needed to pay for a Memorial honoring graduates of Northshore High Schools who died serving our country. See Northshore Veterans Memorial under the "Programs" menu.
VFW Nationally offers 3 essay contests which are::
- Voice of Democracy (VOD) for grades 9-12
- Patriot's Pen for grades 6-8
- WA State Youth Essay for grade 3-5
They are fully described, when the contest is active, under the "Programs" menu, option "Youth Essay Contests" including the prize money and the needed forms. Each contest calls for a written essay but in addition, the VOD contest calls for a recording done by the student reading his/her essay.
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