Coming home doesn't mean the battle is over. With over 10 times the amount of veterans lost to suicide than to combat operations in the same time period, there has never been a more important time to TAKE A STAND and DO something to support our veterans!! If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, we have people that have shared a similar experience and are ready to help.
In Flanders Fields John McCrae - 1872-1918 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
Current Post 12186 Fundraisers1. December Cash Raffle - Tickets available from Post and Auxiliary members at Oldsmar 2nd Friday, the upcoming Chamber event, and Thursdays at Teco Hall within the Oldsmar Library. You can also contact David Bear at 727-359-6137 or David McKinley at 513-340-2600 for tickets.2. Quilt raffle - tickets available at the same times as noted above._______________________________________________________________________________FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEVFW Honors Local Post Commander KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July [date], 2020) —The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is pleased to announced David Bear has achieved All-American status as a Post commander. To achieve this honor, Post commanders must meet strict requirements in their role to include exceptional leadership, authentic accomplishment in membership growth and strong support of VFW core programs.Commander Bear, a Gold Legacy Life member and commander of Post 12186 in Oldsmar, Florida, is one of 251 VFW Post commanders worldwide to earn the title of All-American Commander. His hard work played an integral role helping the organization successfully remain focused on its service to veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Commanders like David Bear are a fine example of VFW leadership, and it’s their hard work and dedication to the mission and values of our organization that has rightly earned them this great honor,” said VFW Membership Director Rick Butler.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 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 website at vfw.org.-vfw Media contact: Rick Butler, membership director, email@example.com.______________________________________________________________________________VFW Post 12186 will start their first fundraiser - a month long cash raffle in December 2020.Tickets will be $10.00 each for 31 chances to win. Daily winners selected by the Florida pick 3 evening (pm) lottery.Daily $100.00 winners with a double payout on December 7th, 24th, 25th, and 31st.Points of Contact for tickets and other information are David Bear - 727-359-6137David McKinley 513-340-2600-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------VFW Post 12186 Auxiliary officers were installed on 23 May 2020 at 1 pm. At the beginning of the VFW District 21 Auxiliary meeting at VFW Post 7987, 7445 Chester McKay Dr, New Port Richey, Fl. 34655VFW Post 12186 officers were installed on 28 May 2020 at 6:30 pm (1830 hours) in Veterans Park, 250 Shore Dr, Oldsmar, Fl. 34667._________________________________________________________________________________
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