VFW helps the community; receives donation from Alabama veteran – The Andalusia Star-News


Veterans of Foreign Wars has been an organization to help veterans in the community, and the Alabama veterans organization recently presented a check to the local VFW to help with some major expenses. .

“We are an organization of veterans who have served in the armed forces of the United States in conflict or wartime. Our mission is to serve veterans and their families. We are currently the only VFW in Covington County,” VFW Post 4388 Commanding Officer Tom Stevens said.

In November 2020, the local substation, located in Red Level, was completely destroyed in a fire.

“We are currently rebuilding and have erected a building. We are starting work to finish the interior, but it has been slow to process due to funding and COVID,” he said.

Stevens added that the VFW contributes to different organizations throughout the community.

“We are always ready to support any worthy group in the region. We offer students the opportunity to win scholarships each year through our Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy program. There are ways to recognize outstanding teachers, police officers and firefighters, or any heroes who have done something good for this field. As soon as possible, we will continue programs that involve the public, such as National Day Meals and Flag Burning Ceremonies, where we remove damaged flags. For the past two years, we have held a fireworks display on the 4th of July, which has grown steadily since the beginning.

The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 with veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Uprising. In 1915, membership had grown to 5,000, and that number grew further to nearly 200,000 organizations in 1936. Today, the nearly 2 million members of VFW and its auxiliaries contribute more than 8 .6 million volunteer hours in their local communities.

Stevens said the VFW meets on the second Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. at Red Level VFW Post 4388 to conduct post business. “If you are a veteran of a foreign war, I encourage you to come to a meeting and find out more about us. If you want to help our community and our veterans, remember that our enlistment oath has no expiry date.

He served in the US Army and the Alabama National Guard, retiring after 30 years and is grateful for any help the local VFW organization has.

“I served in Iraq in 2007 with the HHC 1/131 Armor Cav. I want to thank everyone on behalf of our members for all the donations so far. These donations go a long way in helping veterans and their families,” Stevens said.

For more information, visit the Red Level VFW Post 4388 Facebook page to follow upcoming events, call Commander Tom Stevens at 334-892-3202 or visit their website at www.vfw4388.org.

VFW Post 4388 is located at 4861 Oglesby Road in Red Level.

“In closing, I ask everyone to keep our ever-serving service members around the world in their hearts and prayers,” Stevens said.


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