The Edmond Sun

Local News

July 5, 2014

VFW looking for a few good men, women

EDMOND — Edmond’s VFW Post 4938 is seeking veterans, men and women who were deployed overseas to a combat zone, to join their organization.

VFW State Commander Ron Gimonda said the average age of the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization is increasing.

 Edmond is no different. VFW Post 4938 Commander Bill Milam said Edmond’s Post 4938 has 120 members, but 20 years ago they had 146.

“In 1995 our numbers had dipped to 36 members, but we merged with a post that had 98 members at that time,” Milam said. “Most all of our members at this time are World War II veterans, and we have four members who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan.”

As the W.W. II veterans are aging out, Milam said there are not many veterans who have returned from their overseas deployment taking their place.

“A large number of those who have gone (to a combat zone) are reserve personnel,” Gimonda said. “After W.W. II, the Korean War and Vietnam through the Gulf War, no one was becoming eligible for membership. We haven’t had 100 percent membership of the prior year membership in the last 10 or 12 years.”

Gimonda said if the veterans from the last 10 to 15 years who are eligible to join would do so the membership would double in the state.

“It is difficult to recruit them. Maybe because they are younger they don’t understand the value. They get the benefits, but they don’t realize the value of the organizations that are helping them.”

Gimonda said that being a VFW member helps the veterans have the opportunity to volunteer and be productive.

Each Friday VFW members get together to share coffee, doughnuts and memories.

“We have Coffee Call from 8-10 a.m. on Fridays,” Milam said. “It is a good time to make friends and share stories.”

But the VFW is about more than taking a coffee break. It is about a commitment members made to their country as they joined the different armed forces and left their families to fight for the freedoms enjoyed by those left at home. That same commitment is now made to their community.

This Friday, VFW members placed flags in the flag sleeves throughout Edmond.

“Every Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, 9-11, Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor Day, members of the VFW Post begin at 6 a.m. putting out the flags. By 4 p.m. they are back collecting the flags until the next holiday.”

Milam said there are three routes. Many of the businesses are located downtown, but other businesses are along Second Street as far east as Coltrane also take advantage of the opportunity to display the nation’s colors.

The businesses are billed for the service, and Milam said some come and some go. Milam said the flag program is the organization’s largest fundraiser.

“We got a big boost when the Festival Market Place was established and the VFW was asked by the city to place 17 flags there,” Milam said.

Most of what the VFW members do is performed as a community service.

In addition to the flag service eight times a year, the VFW gives student scholarships, one with the potential of earning $40,000 on the national level.

“If we are notified we will also award Eagle Scouts with a certificate from the VFW,” Milam said.

Eagle Scouts have chosen to help the VFW in the past with projects to help them earn their Eagle Scout distinction and Milam said the organization is appreciative of whatever the Scouts have done.

“We have had Scouts paint the inside and outside of our building and replace a fence,” Milam said. “The fence needs to be sealed every other year and the west side of the building needs to be painted often because of the sun beating down on it.”

VFW Post 4938 also recognizes two ROTC students, one at Edmond North High School and the other at Oklahoma City’s John Marshall High School each year as well as one University of Central Oklahoma ROTC member is recognized with a $300 award.

“We host three or four dinners a year,” Milam said, “and on July 4 we cook hot dogs and hamburgers and give them away, but we do ask for a donation for help defray the costs.”

Milam said the membership also tries to help veterans having financial problems, but their help is limited due to limited financial resources.

Wal-Mart Super Center and the Tractor Supply Edmond have stepped up to help the veterans sell poppies twice a year for Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

VFW members who are able also visit the Norman Veterans’ Center once a month where they donate puzzles as well as their time.

As an additional service to the community, a box sits next to the VFW Post 4938 door where old or tattered flags that need to be destroyed can be placed. Milam said the flags are destroyed the second Monday in October with the help of the Oak Cliff Fire Department.

The VFW Post 4938 building may be rented for $15 an hour or four hours for $50.

Membership dues are another way the organization helps fund its service projects. Membership is $40 a year and a lifetime membership is dependent on the age of the veteran.

“We would really like to build our VFW membership,” VFW member Earl Rodkey said. “Money from the memberships goes to help support our Post 4938 by paying the cost of insurance and utilities as well as helping fund the different things we do in the community.”

Post 4938 is at 16 E. Campbell St., across from the downtown post office.

Any businesses interested in taking part in the flag program may call Milam at 348-1020 for more information.

 

 

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Police respond to toddler tragedy at park

    A 2-year-old child has died after a tragic incident during the weekend at a popular Edmond park, a police spokeswoman said.

    July 22, 2014

  • Germans from Russia group plans annual meeting in Edmond

    The Central Oklahoma Chapter of American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will have its annual All State meeting on Aug. 9 at the Memorial Road Mennonite Brethren Church, 4201 E. Memorial Road, in Edmond.

    July 22, 2014

  • Goddard Students learn about animal behavior

    Animals can be fun, friendly and sometimes dangerous. That is what the students at Goddard School on North Western are learning this summer and this week they are learning about pets.
    Each summer Goddard School’s across the nation choose from a provided list of curriculum to use with their students that would be popular with the children. From learning about insects to a tiger safari, each summer is filled with creative learning.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Damaged areas not always first in line for FEMA funds

    As a massive tornado bore down on Moore on the afternoon of May 20, 2013, residents scrambled to find shelter.

    July 21, 2014

  • Edmond sex offender case, ‘Starkey law’ intersect

    A convicted Edmond sex offender faces additional legal issues including failing to register and living too close to a school, an incident report states.

    July 21, 2014

  • Spring Creek’s Reading teacher is Deer Creek’s Teacher of the Year

    She started teaching her stuffed animals at the age of five.
    “Great job, Teddy. Mr. Snuggles, thank you for raising your hand. Would you like to answer the next question?”

    July 21, 2014

  • MS_train 2.JPG Deputies investigate Logan Co. train wreck

    A mangled metal carcass is all that remains of a Jeep after it was pulverized at a railroad crossing in Logan County.
    Logan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Stephens said at 2:52 p.m. Sunday, the agency received a call about a train versus vehicle incident near the Academy-Camp intersection in south Guthrie.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • UCO campus 3.jpg University of Central Oklahoma recognized as having friendly work environment

    The Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the “2014 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list and one of only a handful of institutions in the nation given the distinction of being named to the Honor Roll for being cited most often among all the recognition categories.          
    Central joins Duke, Baylor and Notre Dame on the list of the 10 universities named to the large institution honor roll.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Council approves funds toward ADA update

    City Council members have approved a $398,800 professional services contract with Accessology, a McKinney, Texas, firm, to establish an Americans With Disabilities Act transition plan for the city.
    Title II of the ADA requires state and local governments to make their programs and services accessible to persons with disabilities. It includes access to government facilities, programs and events and relevant policy changes.
    Accessology was selected out of a pool of five finalists by a five-member committee to create Edmond’s plan. The firm will partner with Kimley-Horn and Associates, a design consulting firm located in North Carolina.
    Edmond’s last ADA transition plan was created in 1992.

    July 21, 2014

  • Panel approves jail services agreement

    City Council members have approved renewal of the city’s jail services agreement with Oklahoma County for prisoners incarcerated at the county jail on city charges.
    The current annual agreement expired June 30. It provides the feeding, care, housing and upkeep of said prisoners. Edmond uses the county jail when the city jail is at capacity.
    The sheriff’s office proposed a slight increase from $46.25 to a $46.50 daily rate per prisoner. City staff said the current agreement is working satisfactorily and believe the proposed rate is reasonable. The new agreement took effect July 1. The city can hold prisoners in its current jail  up to 10 days; a new jail with 10 male and five female cells will be available inside the new Public Safety Center next year when the facility opens.

    July 21, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man Explosions as hot air balloon crashes in Clinton DUI Driver Dragged to Safety by Officer After Walking Onto Busy Freeway Celebrities That We'd Like to Send to the Moon Spectacular lightning storm hits London Malaysian Flight Victim Was South Florida Grad Rory McIlroy on pace to break British Open records Officials Fear MH17 Site Now Tampered by Rebels Lowes employees repair Vietnam vet's wheelchair Widow of Staten Island man who died after NYPD takedown says he was unjustifiably targeted
Poll

If the Republican runoff for the 5th District congressional seat were today, which candidate would you vote for?

Patrice Douglas
Steve Russell
Undecided
     View Results