Thousands of cars drive past VFW Post 694 on West Liberty Avenue every week. Most folks probably don't notice it, or the refurbrished and rededicated monument to "The Boys from Dormont" who gave all in World War I. Others likely think that it's just another anachronism, and a place to buy cheap liquor and beer and tell war stories. Likely, there are a few veterans, especially younger men and women from the wars in the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and other recent conflicts, who wonder, "is it worth my time?"
The short answer is, yes, it truly is worth your time to participate, as a Veteran of Foreign Wars, as a regular member. Veterans who were fortunate to avoid combat are welcome to join as social members, as are any members of the community. So what does the VFW do, besides providing a canteen where members can enjoy a frosty beverage with folks of like mind?
Our showcase is the Memorial Day Parade, where honors are shown to those who sleep under an ocean of miniature flags at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, and across the land. The VFW has an open house on Memorial Day, and provides a place for the weary marchers to rest for a moment before returning to barbeques and other traditional family activities.
Families of deceased members, upon request, are provided with a VFW Memorial Service in the funeral chapel, insuring that even in passing, no member is forgotten.
No family should not enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal, and our relief fund helps to quietly insure that families in distress have one less thing to worry about.
No-one in our VFW Post claims to be a counselor, but there are many of us who have felt the sting of combat, and are willing to listen to veterans who are troubled by their wartime experiences, but don't wish to seek VA or private counseling. The camaradarie of Veterans of Foreign Wars is well known.
I've been asked many times about Social Membership. Its a great way to pitch in, plan picnics, and Super Bowl parties, and community service, and remembrance. While its true you don't get to vote on agenda items at the monthly meeting, your input is crucial. Frankly, without social members, we'd have to shutter the doors.
We meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Post Home on West Liberty Avenue. If you are a qualified veteran, or even think you are, bring your DD214 along and apply for membership as a voting member. If not, please think about supporting McCormick-Dorman Post 694 as a social member. I believe you'll find it a rewarding experience. See us soon, won't you? You'll be surprised at the charitable donations we give to support our community. Its in our charter to better the community in which we live!