Veterans & Family Support

2015-2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary. Yes, it’s true! We are now inclusive of all eligible family members of VFW eligible veterans regardless of gender… That’s right! Males are welcome as of August 21, 2015.

This change that was finalized at the recent 2015 VFWLA convention in Pittsburgh gives a much broader base from which to recruit members. Our smaller auxiliaries should look at this as an excellent opportunity to expand their membership and their presence in the community. It also should make us more aware of the diverse needs of our veterans and their families.

This month I want to focus in on the Buddy Poppy program. Any day can be a Buddy Poppy Day. Poppy distribution has remained strong in the 90 years since its inception. The memorial flowers have raised millions for the welfare of veterans and their dependents. Please check out the Buddy Poppy Chairman’s Guide to see how your auxiliary can set up a strong poppy drive as well as help your post become more successful with their drives. There are many other helpful resources on the Resources Page atwww.ladiesauxvfw.org.

Now, for the BIG NEWS! After seeing the outstanding entries at the National Convention and the reaction of the crowd, it was decided that we definitely need to work harder at publicizing the Buddy Poppy program, its origin, and its purpose here in Idaho.

Angel Adams of Harland Clendenin Auxiliary 7137 entered a wreath as our state entry. However, we need to have ten to twenty entries from which to pick. THUS…the new activity is that at Mid-Winter in January we will be having an Idaho Department contest.

I will be emailing the rules and entry forms to all auxiliary presidents by the first week of August along with some pictures from National to get your creative juices flowing.

Let’s make this a banner year for helping our veterans and their families. Remember, “Show Up, Stand Up, and Speak Up for our Veterans”.

Marilyn Neal
Chairman, Veterans and Family Support
Department of Idaho,