To the editor:
If you had a relative that served overseas in a time of harm you may be able to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary. The relative does not have to be a member of the VFW or may even be deceased. There is a Men's and Women's Auxiliary.
Membership in the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is available to a wife, widow, stepmothers (who have performed the duties of parent) grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters, foster and step-sisters, (who attained the status prior to age 16 and for who the duties of parent where performed) sisters, half sisters and foster and step-sisters (who attained that status prior to age 16 of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Members must not be less than 16 years old.
Women eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States shall be eligible for membership in the Ladies Auxiliary.
Those who are eligible for membership in the Men's Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars are husbands, widowers, fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons, brothers and half brothers who attained that status prior to age 16 of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Members must not be less than 16 years old.
Joining the VFW is a way to support those who serve on active duty, our Veterans and their dependents, our country , and our community. The motto for the VFW (founded in 1899 114 years old) is a soldier's old creed, God, family and country. And veterans and their dependents.
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The VFW gives out over two million dollars in scholarships each year. These are available through our High School level programs of Voice of Democracy (VOD) with this year's theme of, "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nations Future." The Patriot's Pen theme will be, "What Patriotism Means to Me." In addition a recognition of The Teacher of the Year. The top winner will go to Washington in March with a top prize. The deadline for all entries is Nov. 1, 2013. This is open to home schooling also.
Contact your local school or VFW (there are 336 Posts in twelve districts in Michigan). Forms are available at the Michigan website vfwmi.org or the Director James M. Galen, firstname.lastname@example.org. 586-784-9914.