Tatum Cool, an eighth grade student at Arnold Public Schools has been named a winner in the 2015 National Patriot’s Pen Contest and recipient of the tenth place $1,250 VFW National Patriot’s Pen Award. Tatum was sponsored by VFW Post 6157 in Arnold, Nebraska.
Nathan Fleecs, Imperial, Nebraska, fourth place winner in the 2015 National Voice of Democracy Program
Nathan Fleecs, a junior at Sutherland Public School has been named the fourth place winner in the 2015 National Voice of Democracy Program and recipient of the $7,000 LeRoy Moorhead Memorial Scholarship. This award was provided by former Heavyweight Boxing Champion George Foreman in memory of his father. Nathan plans a career in the United States Marine Corps and he was sponsored by VFW Post 4688 and Ladies Auxiliary in Imperial, Nebraska.
Students honored during 2015 VFW Legislative Conference
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 3, 2015) – The winners of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary-sponsored Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions were announced yesterday during the 2015 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
Celebrating its 68th year, the Voice of Democracy program helps encourage a better understanding and appreciation for our great country by requiring entrants to write and record a three- to five-minute script on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme was “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future.” The first-place winner, Adam Densmore, sponsored by VFW Post 3631 and Ladies Auxiliary in Aurora, Colo., received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where he was presented with the T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award in the amount of $30,000. The second-place winner, Jaycie Schenone, sponsored by VFW Post 6604 and Ladies Auxiliary in Folsom, Calif., received the $16,000 Charles Kuralt Memorial Scholarship Award. The third-place winner, Mackenzie Leishman, sponsored by VFW Post 2350 and Ladies Auxiliary in Elko, Nev., received the $10,000 VFW Scholarship Award. All other state winners received at least a $1,000 college scholarship. Nearly 40,000 students participated in this year’s competition.
The Patriot’s Pen program is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to express their opinions on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme was “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” The first-place winner, Ethan Schroeder, sponsored by VFW Post 92 and Ladies Auxiliary in New Kensington, Pa., received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where he received a $5,000 award. The second-place winner, Jordyn Mies, sponsored by VFW Post 7824 and Ladies Auxiliary Vancouver, Wash., will receive a $4,000 award. The third-place winner, Tracy Kruse, sponsored by VFW Post 2966 and Ladies Auxiliary in Scotland, S.D., will receive a $3,500 award. More than 125,000 students participated in this year’s competition.
AV II Traveling Wall will be coming to Imperial, Nebraska April 22 through April 26. This event is open to the public 24/7 and is admission free.The Imperial VFW Post 4688/Ladies Auxiliary is hosting this event and in part by the Imperial Chamber of Commerce. The theme of the event is “Thank You Veterans”. It will be held at CC Schools, 1150 Wellington at the old football field.
The mission of the project is to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember men and women who served, and to pay specific tribute to those who gave all in that service. Since the tribute is mobile it allows people to honor and respect veterans and active military personnel without having to travel great distances to do so.
The AVTT presents the Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the VietNam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Across its 360-foot length the wall contains every single name etched on the original. At its apex the memorial is an impressive eight-feet tall.
The Traveling Wall was completed in early 1998 and began traveling that year. AM’s Traveling Wall is the largest Wall replica traveling the USA, and is not to be confused with several other replica Walls; The Moving Wall, The Dignity Wall, the Wall That Heals. These replica Walls do a fine job, and we are all on a mutual mission. Remembering, educating, and respect are the main focuses of AVTT. Honoring our nation’s heroes one community at a time.
About the AVTT: The American Veterans Traveling Tribute is a veteran-owned project committed to travel the USA to honor, respect, and remember those who served, and pay specific tribute to those who gave all.
AVTT is not government sponsored or affiliated, but funded through sponsorship fees, donations, and sale of merchandise at events. AVTT is self funded via sponsorship fees, merchandise sales, and donations. AVTT is contracted by The Texas Freedom Tribute (TFT,) an IRS designated 501 C3, to provide The Wall, crew, and expertise. Donations or support to AVTT’s mission via TFT are qualified charitable tax deductions.
We cordially invite you to this amazing event!
We know as veterans, you recognize and understand the importance of this memorial and ensuring our Vietnam Veterans and other era veterans are never forgotten! We appreciate your service to this country and hope to see.
VFW Post 4688/Ladies Auxiliary Imperial, Nebraska
Our Mission “I want you to organize a band that will carry into the grassroots of our country the story of our magnificent Army, its glorious traditions and achievements; and of the great symbol of American manhood—the ground Soldier. ” http://www.armyfieldband.com/
Date: March 15, 2015 (Sunday)
Time: 3:30 PM start
Program Time: 115 Minutes
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Location: Boys Town Music Hall, 13715 Flannigan Bvd., CLICK HERE Boys Town , NE (Flannigan Bvd. and Miller Dr.)
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U.S. Army field bank history below:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The VFW Publications Department announced today that it is accepting submissions for the VFW’s 2015 National Publications Contest. This year, the VFW National Publications Contest will be judged in different categories than in the past. Additionally, the categories will not be judged within sub-categories based on circulation, but rather on publication frequency (one to three times per year and four or more times per year).
This year, the categories will include:
- Overall Design and Content of Newspaper
(defined as being printed on newsprint)
- Best Feature Story
(all frequencies judged together in this category and submitted separately)
(defined by physical size and paper stock)
Post/District (now combined):
- Overall Design and Content
Each category will be awarded three places: a grand award (first overall), silver (second overall) and bronze (third overall). The silver and bronze awards will take the form of a certificate suitable for framing.
Our new awards system conforms to that of professional societies within the association publishing industry: National Mature Media Awards, Association Trends, Society of National Association Publications, Society of Professional Journalists and Communications Concepts. In other words, the same types of awards for which VFW magazine competes.
Please note that we are adding a whole new category to the publications contest. It is called the Best Feature Story. The story must be a published article of at least 300 words. It can be originally written by your newspaper staff or by a freelance writer or be reprinted from a newspaper within your state.
Examples of eligible subjects include operations at state VA departments, National Guard/Reserve unit deployments to Afghanistan/Iraq, troop-support activities, Department VFW programs, dedication of state memorials, state commemorative events for the 50th anniversary of Vietnam and editorials advocating positions on veteran issues within your state.
The new contest for feature stories is retroactive a decade to 2004, so you can submit articles published on home-state units supported while serving overseas in the war zones. In the future, entries will come from the current calendar year.
All national entries must place first in Department-level contests. One copy of each winning Post and District publication—as well as one issue of the Department newspaper and one copy of the Department’s selected “Best Feature Article”—must be mailed by Department adjutants, Department quartermasters or Department editors by April 3, 2015, to:
406 W. 34th St., Suite 523
Kansas City, MO 64111
Issues published between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014, are eligible, with the exception of “Best Feature Article” submissions, which could have been published between 2004-2014.
Questions may be directed to Kelly Gibson at email@example.com.
On 11 December, the VFW, the VFW Auxiliary, and members of the Nebraska City Military Police National Guard Unit, distributed Christmas boxes to the military veterans residing in the nursing homes in Nebraska City.
Pictured in the photo, below, from the Ambassador are veterans Bob Willson, Bill Sigerson, James Griepenstroh, and Mauree Lichty.
Also pictured is Paula Waterfield, President of the Lady’s Auxiliary of the John E. Walls VFW Post 2634, and SFC Johnson, SGT Lenczowski, and SSG Wolfe.
A forth Soldier, SSG Hartman, accompanied VFW Post Commander Roger Kopf to the other nursing homes.
All VFW Skill Touch – Skill Gaming software will be upgraded to the new version that will add a jackpot “Progressive” “spin to win” feature. Money will be automatically added to the progressive dollar figures as a player, plays the games. A player would be automatically chosen at some point in time to play for the progressive jackpot.
All Skill Touch terminals should be upgraded by the end of 2014 or early 2015. All new Skill Touch terminals will have the new software.
Two power wheel chairs were donated to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) to help the handicapped veterans by the Nebraska Department of the VFW. Pictured below are Membership recruiter and District 10 Commander Joe Smith and Membership Chairman Jim Pierce with the General Manager of AAFES for Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota Daniel E. Wise.