VFW Post 6785 Commander Walt Tanimoto and Past Post Commander Craig Dougherty  presents the Marine Corp JROTC Cadet Captain Kyle Swiderski the VFW Achievement and Leadership award at the Kentwood Highschool JROTC award ceremony, 3 June 2022.

MCJROTC Cadet Captain Kyle J. Swiderski, 3 June 2022

Cadet Captain Kyle J. Swiderski has been an active participant in the MCJROTC program for the last four years and has slowly but surely risen through the ranks, assuming greater responsibility with each promotion.  

As such, Cadet Kyle’s experience in JROTC has culminated with serving over the last year as the Cadet Company Commander, the highest possible position within the Kent School District’s program.  In this capacity, Kyle led his company to competing in the Regional Drill meet; on numerous community service projects; during color guards and honor guards; and is currently preparing his company for the summer ahead.  

Outside of JROTC, Kyle is an active participant in the Boy Scouts of America and will have been awarded his Eagle Scout this past month on the 23rd of May, 2022.  

Additionally, Kyle has been leaning forward in his education by attending Running Start at Green River College for all of his classes, except JROTC.  

If Cadet Kyle’s past is any indication of his future, he will certainly become an influential member of whatever community he resides and beyond.

Heroes in the Ball Park

Friday night 27 May 2022, VFW Post 6785 out of Kent, WA had the opportunity to participate in the Heroes in the Ball Park game at Cheney Stadium Tacoma, WA.

The 6785 color guard had the honor to present the colors at the Tacoma Rainier’s game.

The color guard crew at this event from left to right are: Scott Eliason, Richard Sample, Rick West, Kenneth A Przepiora, and color guard chair Alan B’Hymer.

Heroes in the Ball Park is a night of fun and baseball with VFW and Auxiliary Families, along with Active Duty Military Members and their families.

$5 of every ticket sold goes to National Veterans Military Support (VMS) MAP Program.

Memorial Day 2022

VFW Post 6785 out of Kent, WA had the honor of providing a rifle salute at the City of Oak Harbor, WA’s 4th Annual Service of Remembrance on Memorial Day 30 May 2022.

This was our second year by invitation to provide a rifle team from the 6785 honor guard, and it was worth the two and half hour drive to pay tribute to the fallen at Oak Harbor’s Maple Leaf Cemetery.

The highlight of the remembrance ceremony was the flight of honor by the United States Navy VAQ-132 Scorpions.

Thank you VFW Post 6785 honor guard for honoring and remembering the fallen. Honor Guard members at Oak Harbor from left to right.

April Honor Flight

Members of VFW Post 6785 volunteered to help the Honor Flight departure from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

We gathered at Seatac at 0400 hrs to greet WWII, Korean War Conflict, and Vietnam veterans at the Alaska Airlines Departure curb.

The U.S. Coast Guard was on hand to help veterans carry their luggage and wheeled them to the check-in area, and a host of Honor Flight and USO staff to help guide the volunteers.

Memorial Day weekend poppy drive

The VFW Post 6785 Memorial Day weekend poppy drive at the Covington Walmart. Before Memorial Day in 1922, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) conducted its first poppy distribution, becoming the first veterans’ organization to organize a nationwide distribution.

The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains today.

The VFW Buddy Poppy program provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home For Children.

Army & Air Force Exchange Service – Expanded Benefits info

Department of Washington VFW,

As the Director of Corporate Communication for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, I would like to share updated information on the benefits your VFW members have earned through their honorable service to our great Nation.

The Department of Defense is proud to expand on-installation Exchange, commissary and morale, welfare and recreation program retail eligibility to:

·     All Veterans with service-connected disabilities

·     Purple Heart recipients

·     Former prisoners of war

·     Individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible veterans enrolled under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Additionally, the Exchange’s Veterans Online Shopping Benefit allows all honorably discharged Veterans to shop tax free for life.

To learn more about both programs, please go to www.shopmyexchange.com/vets or scan the QR code below.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions regarding this expanded benefit.

Thank you, 

Jose Hernandez

LTC (R), U.S. Army

Director, Corporate Communications

Army & Air Force Exchange Service

O: (214) 312-2969

C: (214) 926-6569

Email: hernandezjose2@aafes.com