Dear Editor:

It is a new era at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Scottsboro. Post 6073 just elected new officers for the Post and Auxiliary.

I, Nathan Green, am the newly elected commander. Along with the rest of the officers (some you may know and some you may not), I am looking forward to growing the Scottsboro Post.

Since 1899, the VFW has been the nation’s leading veterans service organization in the fight to better the lives of all those who’ve worn the uniform of the United States military.

We fight hard in Washington D.C. for the veteran and their rights and benefits. No matter which conflict called you to service, we invite you to join us. Stand strong with the more than 1.6 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary as together, we continue to fight for all that’s good for veterans.

We’re an elite group of combat warriors who have each other’s backs long after the fight is over. But we can’t do that without members. I am asking each combat veteran in Jackson County to join the fight by joining the VFW.

Camaraderie. Empowerment. Access to a vast network of resources. Assistance securing the benefits you’ve earned. Numerous discounts on a number of products and services. With a VFW membership, you’ll find all this and more.

In 2015, the VFW and Auxiliary had changes in membership qualifications. Both male and female veterans are eligible for the VFW (provided the meet the other qualifications). Likewise, their family members (both male and female) are eligible for the Auxiliary. Scottsboro now has male and female veterans and family members in both organizations.

There are three qualifiers for membership in the VFW, as set out in our by-laws. An individual must meet all three in order to become a member. They are as follows: must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national; must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and either received a discharge of Honorable or General (under honorable conditions) or be currently serving; service in a war, campaign or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters.

This can be proven by any of the following: an authorized campaign medal (see a full list of qualifying medals and badges at www.vfw.org); receipt of hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay (verified by a military pay statement) and service in Korea for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days.

This information is usually available through a veteran’s DD-214. If other information if needed or if a veteran’s DD-214 is not complete, they can contact the National Personnel Records Center online or at 314-801-0800 to request more information. More detailed information on VFW eligibility can be accessed at www.vfw.org.

For more information, please call/text me at 256-244-2754 or attend a meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. Dinner is set at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. The Post is located at 1616 Heroes Drive (across from the fairgrounds).

—Nathan Green

USAF, Vietnam Veteran

VFW | No One Does More for Veterans

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