Fun times at the VFW

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By Kirsten Laskey

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 takes its service to several levels. The post’s work appears in Los Alamos but is also visible around the state and nation.

To ensure its services do not fade away, the local VFW is hosting a “Funday Fundraiser” from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the post home.

A full agenda is planned for the event. The Rio Grand Mud Bank will donate their time and talent to provide live music while Josephine Boyer of Son-Shine Art will have a face-painting booth. She, too, will be giving support to the VFW by donating half of her profits to the organization.

Baskin Robbins will serve ice cream and a few VFW members will volunteer to get creamed with a pie during a pie-throwing contest.

Additionally, a raffle will be held, featuring a Wagner Power Spray Painter, donated by Lowe’s of Espaola; gift certificates, given by local restaurants; and haircuts, donated by Los Alamos barbers.

A horseshoe tournament and men’s fashion relay will also be held.

Tickets for the different events are $1 each. The number of tickets needed for each activity varies.

The support given during this event will provide more than just a day of fun; it will help support programs on a local, state and national level.

VFW contributes time or money to several local events such as Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day and Flag Day.

The post also distributes phone cards and care packages to deployed service men and women so they feel close to home and not forgotten. VFW members look after loved ones while service men and women are deployed.

Food, clothing and furniture are distributed to those in need in the community and the VFW supports the Los Alamos High School Junior Navy ROTC and local Girl Scouts.

Statewide, the VFW supports the veterans in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque, as well as veteran’s clinics and nursing homes.

Nationally, VFW supports the VA Hospitals in Ft. Bayard, Amarillo and Big Springs, Texas.

The organization also supports the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Mich., which is for children who have lost one or both parents. It participates in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen competitions, which award more than $30,000 in scholarships and often more than $10,000 in U.S. savings bonds to winners.

The post’s Ladies Auxiliary is involved in cancer aid and cancer research.

“One of the things we’re most pleased with is our post wants to help any active duty service men and women or veterans and their family, spouses, and children in any way we can,” Retired Col. John Tucker said. “If they need help, we’re only a phone call or an e-mail or a letter away.”

“Far too often,” he added, “our active duty service men and women or veterans don’t know what benefits or entitlements are available to them.”

VFW members want to be an “active voice to help them and their families when and where we can.”

The local VFW post was established in 1946. It currently has about 200 members. For more information about the VFW, call 662-3506 or e-mail at vfw8874@qwestofficce.net or visit the office at 1793 Deacon St., across from Sonic.