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VFW Post 694 is a Vital Community Resource

Mc-Cormick-Dorman VFW Post 694 is an "old line" post, and traces back to just after WWII. Come join us. Its more than just a place to have a frosty beverage.

Thousands of cars drive past 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!

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Joseph February 13, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I thought the space was vacant... thanks for the info!
MSgt. John DeLallo February 13, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Joseph, If you've served and earned a campaign medal, or served in Korea anytime from 1949 till today, you're eligible, and welcomed, to join the VFW. If not, social members are always welcome. We do vet out thugs, nitwits, troublemakers, and undesirables, which makes the Post Home a sometimes spirited but always peaceful place to enjoy a beverage and socialize with folks of like mind.
Mike February 14, 2012 at 01:46 PM
John - How do you become a social member? I served and I'm a member of the American Legion but I didn't do a combat tour.
MSgt. John DeLallo February 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Mike: The Post Home and Canteen are open 7 days a week. Monday through Friday from noon till 0300 (private club and you must be GONE at 3), and weekends we open at 1100. All you need do is become sponsored by a regular member, certify that you are of good moral character, and pay your dues. I'm a Life Member in the VFW, so dues escape me, but I'm sure they are less than 20 bucks a year for social members. See the bartender, and he or she will cheerfully get you set up with an application, a key fob to electronically enter the Canteen, and hopefully a nice big smile:) Bring friends, please, who are of like mind. And oh, by the way, I was an REMF during Vietnam, in theatre, but not in country. I got the campaign medal with two battle stars. You may, if you served on active duty or even in the Guard or Reserve, be qualified for regular membership. Bring your DD214 and let us take a look. There are a ton of qualifiers for regular membership, and you need not ever have been shot at.
Joseph February 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Darn it... I'm a thug and a nitwit :/

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