VFW Department of Washington 2022 Convention information

Here are the forms for the Convention

I encourage everyone to make reservations starting Friday, April 8th for their rooms.

The cut off for reservations is May 16th for hotel and June 1st for the Banquet and awards luncheon.

2022 Awards Luncheon

2022 Banquet Form

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

Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Ceremony

Good Afternoon all,

I briefly touched on this at the last meeting.

In case you are unfamiliar with the Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Ceremony and Presidential Proclamation, It is an effort to recognize our Vietnam Veterans and thank them for their service and sacrifice. I think most would agree that they were not treated well in most cases when they returned home from the war. This is an attempt to make up for that.

Our Ceremony at Tahoma, will be small and not attended by the public. I would like to recognize any of our Volunteers that may not have been able to attend a previous ceremony or if there is someone you know personally that wants/needs to be recognized. In either case, please let me know or put them in contact with me so that I can work with them to get them a pin and recognize them.

I would love to have any of you that are Vietnam Veterans and Have received your pin and Welcome Home, join us on March 26th between 10am and 2pm to recognize any Vietnam Veterans that come to this event. You don’t need to stay for the whole four hours but if you can be here for some of it that would be great.

We have Pins and items for Veterans, Spouses and immediate family members, i.e. children, step-children etc. They are welcome to come and be recognized also.


Thomas L. Yokes


Tahoma National Cemetery

18600 SE 240th Street

Kent, WA. 98042

(425) 433-2040