Veterans from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6723 in Alderson, WV, gathered outside the Lewisburg Lowe's on Veterans Day to raise funds for their fellow veterans. The group, comprised of eligible veterans and military service members, spent the day selling hats, license plates, and raffle tickets, with entertainers providing live music to enhance the atmosphere.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization that includes members from the active, guard, and reserve forces. The event aimed not only to honor those who have served and sacrificed in defense of the nation but also to recognize the enduring spirit of duty, honor, and selflessness that characterizes veterans.
Throughout the day, the VFW members engaged with the community, offering an opportunity for anyone who stopped by to show their support for local veterans. The funds raised will contribute to the VFW's ongoing efforts to support veterans and their families.
Veterans Day serves as a reminder of the shared bond among all veterans who have taken the oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States." The VFW plays a crucial role in commemorating this day, with the organization's National Commander, Duane Sarmiento, set to represent over 1.4 million VFW members at the 70th annual National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery.
"It's not lost on me how much of a privilege it is to host and be a part of the nation’s Veterans Day ceremony on such hallowed ground," said Sarmiento. "Arlington is a testament to the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform, and to the profound bond that exists between those who have served and those who have stood by them in support. Every day is Veterans Day."
Beyond the festivities, Veterans Day also provides an opportunity for the community to connect with veterans and learn about their experiences. The VFW encourages everyone to engage with veterans, ask questions, and listen to their stories to gain a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made in service to the nation.
In a separate development, a recent survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sport Clips Haircuts sheds light on the challenges veterans face during their transition to civilian life. The survey of 1,000 U.S. military veterans found that finding a job, parting ways with military friends, and finding a purposeful career were the top challenges reported by respondents.
The VFW's ongoing efforts, along with support programs and services, aim to address the challenges faced by veterans in their transition to civilian life. As the nation honors its veterans, it's crucial to recognize the sacrifices made and to provide continued support for their well-being and success in civilian life.