Bay Village VFW Post seeking new members

The Bay Village VFW Post is looking for new members – male or female – and a "new generation" to carry on our veterans and community service. Post meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bay Village Police Department, 28000 Wolf Road. Meetings last about an hour and we usually have refreshments afterwards.

You do not have to be a Bay resident to join, we support most of the West Shore communities (Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake). Also, our post does not have a facility, nor do we have an auxiliary. Unlike larger posts, we do not run a full-time food and beverage operation. However, your VFW Membership Card can get you access to any VFW Post in the county. If you are looking for a great opportunity to provide a positive impact to the community and can qualify for VFW membership, this is your chance!

If you are not eligible for VFW membership, but are a veteran in good standing, please consider the Bay Village American Legion, they too are looking for new members and we are all working to support our veterans and their families.

There is a lot that the VFW Post currently does – hospital visits, Eagle Scout honors, school support for veteran events, burial honors, and work with our community leaders for our veterans, but we can do so much more! The majority of our members are WWII and Korea veterans. Many of our members have maintained their affiliation but no longer live in the area. This generation has given so much for our freedom, to continue to honor their service and the service of all veterans, our Post needs to build a new generation of leadership!

If you were in the VFW and have stopped your membership, consider re-joining. If you have recently separated from service or have never joined a veterans group after serving your country, consider joining. If you are one of the many unaffiliated VFW Life or Annual members, not associated with a specific post, please consider affiliating. For any new annual member, the post will pay your first-year dues. The time commitment is small but our impact can be large.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. As a Vietnam-era veteran, our generation is providing a lot of the leadership now. We need a generation of active leaders and members behind us. Please consider this challenge and the many rewards. 

If you are interested, you can find information on eligibility at vfw.org or you can contact me at fgreen1978@gmail.com or 440-899-7416. You will need a copy of your final DD214 with eligible combat, campaign or area service.

Fredrick Green

Commander VFW Post 9693 in Bay VIllage. I am a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I am a retired Naval Officer and retired from the Department of Defense as a manager of Military Pay Systems. I have a Masters Degree from Cleveland State and Bachelors Degree from Ohio State. I am a Vietnam Era Veteran. I am also Life Member of Disabled American Veterans.

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