VFW POST 6785 Q4 2022 Newsletter

Happy New Year VFW Post 6785!

In this newsletter we changed the format to allow easier reading and editing.  Let us know what you think and any other comments.   

We wish everyone the best in 2023 and thank you for your support and continued service with the VFW.

Compass House Donation and Toys

VFW Post 6785 thanks the veterans elves who help deliver toys and presented a donation check to the Compass House!

The toys and donation will go to veterans and their families at the Renton Veterans Center providing permanent and transitional housing for Veterans, including singles, couples, and families.

With 59 units of permanent housing for Veteran individuals and families, the Renton Veterans Center (RVC) offers a variety of Veteran-specific services. Reading groups and art classes for children in our youth center engage young residents, and case management services help adults find the support they need. The program is open to homeless veterans or homeless Veterans with families, earning between zero to 60% Area Median Income.

The Compass House also helps military veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress, injury, and other unique challenges as they return from duty and reintegrate into society. They offer a variety of programs and housing that meet the specific needs of military veterans and their families so that the people who served our country are not forgotten.

If you are currently a homeless Veteran or at risk of losing housing, please call the VA’s Homeless Outreach Clinic at 425-203-7200.

Still Serving

What do all these veterans have in common?

They are all members of the VFW Post 6785 out Kent, Washington and still serving!

On Sunday VFW Post 6785 (6785) donated $2,500.00 to USO Northwest as a token of our appreciation of all they do to help active servicemembers and their families.

Many of our Post members volunteer at the USO and during Honor Flight. Some notable members from 6785 include Executive Director Cmdr Don Donald M. Leingang, USN (Ret), Seatac Center Manager LTC Matt Sult, USA (Ret), volunteer CMDCM Ken “Pepsi” Przepiora and many others.

About USO Northwest

“Since 1941, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side.”

“Today’s USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their very important mission. The USO is not part of the federal government. As a congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities, and is powered by a family of volunteers to accomplish our mission of connection.”

“The USO Northwest supports America’s military service members and their families throughout the states of Washington and Oregon. With the help of more than 400 volunteers,

USO Northwest serves over 800,000 military and their families annually.

USO Northwest provides support to those who need it the most including military deploying overseas and returning home, military families, wounded warriors and their families and families of the fallen.

USO Northwest Centers

Sea-Tac USO Airport Center – Sea-Tac International Airport

Portland USO Airport Center- Portland International Airport

Shali USO Center – McChord Field, JBLM

Camp Lewis USO Center – Fort Lewis, JBLM

Mobile USO Program – Washington and Oregon

To learn more about USO Northwest and how you can help them visit their website at: https://northwest.uso.org/

Medals Presentation to a Veteran

VFW Post 6785 recognizes Korea Defense veterans Richard C. Sample with his missing medals from his service in South Korea.

From Walt Tanimoto the Post Commander of VFW Post 6785. “. . . as a Company Commander one of our responsibilities is to ensure soldiers are recognized and awarded for their service before they leave. When I found out RC did not receive his due awards from his time in Korea I took some time to correct a wrong, and recognize a long standing member of the VFW for his service and dedication to help veterans . . . “

About the VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.5 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in nearly 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our national website at vfw.org

Donation to the Chinook District of Garden Clubs

VFW Post 6785 had the opportunity to give back to the community with a donation to the Chinook District of Garden Clubs.

The Chinook District of Garden Clubs volunteers their time to help maintain the Blue Star Memorial and plans are underway to refurbish the memorial in 2023 at the Tahoma National Cemetery. From Walt Tanimoto the post commander, “. . . as part of our mission to serve our veterans, the military and our communities we work with organizations like the Chinook District of Garden Clubs to further advocate for veterans and their families . . . “

About the Chinook District of Garden Clubs. “THE CHINOOK DISTRICT OF GARDEN CLUBS was federated in 1964 with the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs (WSFGC), which belongs to the Pacific Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc., the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.” Learn more about this organization at their website: http://www.chinookgc.org/

About the VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.5 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in nearly 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our national website at vfw.org

Update on VFW actions regarding the PACT Act

Here is another update on VFW actions regarding the PACT Act. As I mentioned last week, while we’re celebrating this great victory, our mission continues – What’s next is that we now must do everything possible to ensure EVERY veteran is made aware and has opportunity to meet with a VFW Accredited Service Officer.  Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) claims are different than VA Disability claims thus the reason we have entrusted law firms for CLJA claims that require an attorney as it will likely involve litigation in a federal court.  VA Disability Claims are a different matter though.

Wednesday November 16th we will deploy a website to streamline referrals to our cadre of accredited service officers for VA Disability Claims. Through a short series of questions, veterans can determine whether they’re likely eligible for VA benefits and request to be contacted by a VFW Accredited Service Officer. Our system will capture their answers and generate a referral. The veteran will then be contacted by a VFW service officer within one week.

The site also warns against scams, explains the basics of the PACT Act and encourages veterans to get involved with the VFW through joining the VFW if eligible, by signing up for Action Corps as well as making a donation.  They can choose one, all three or none. 

Making this site available is just phase one of our large-scale effort to make certain every veteran meets with us. We’ll soon start nationwide promotion and will need your help getting the word out, so we’re developing a toolkit for you to use in your communication vehicles to make certain we reach EVERY veteran.

Once these emails come out, we would ask that you promote by sending out to your Department leaders and members, placing on your website or social media accounts and in any print publications you have. 

Please note the url or link is www.pactactinfo.org, but it will not be accessible before Wednesday November 16th.   Before publishing this link check to make sure it is working, it is password protected at the moment as it is still under construction.

Snoqualmie Buffet

The Snoqualmie Casino is hosting a free buffet to all veterans on November 11, 2022.  The casino is located at 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie WA.  The hours are 11:00 am – 3:30 PM for lunch and dinner is from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  The Snoqualmie Falls Buffet was voted “best buffet” by  425 Magazine.  

Auburn’s Annual Veterans Parade

Auburn’s Annual Veterans Parade

Save the Date!! Our Post will be one of the groups marching in the Auburn Veterans Day Parade this year. The date is November 05, 2022. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Parade since 1965. Now in its 57th year, the parade has grown into one of the largest parades of this kind in the United States of America. The parade typically has over 200 units and around 6,000 participants, including marching bands, military vehicles and veteran’s units.

Please look for the volunteer sign-up sheet on the Post Website, or, contact Alan B’Hymer at alanb91100@aol.com to join in with other Post members. Details will follow when they are released by the Parade organizers.