New York Spring VFW Conference

Paul Berg - 5/17/2022

On March 25 and 26, the Senior Vice Commander had the opportunity to attend the New York Spring VFW Conference in Binghamton, NY. The highlight of the conference was the presentation given by the VFW National Commander-in-Chief Matthew "Fritz” Mihelcic where he spoke about the past accomplishments and future of VFW.

I was both surprised and pleased to learn that the VFW was largely responsible for the passage of the groundbreaking WWII GI Bill. Commander-in-Chief Mihelcic reminded all present that the purpose of VFW has historically been, and continues to be, to serve veterans. To this end, he put forth several suggestions for local posts to consider.

1. Reach out to veterans in need in our communities.

2. Organize more family activities. Younger veterans are family focused.

3. Use electronic media to reach out to younger veterans.

4. Community service activities are a great recruitment tool.

Additional suggestions included joining the local Chamber of Commerce, sponsor a local high school scholarship, run a fundraising activity to pay for membership dues, and to alert prospective new VFW members to look at the website

Commander-in-Chief Mihelcic urged members to check out the state and national VFW websites for more suggestions and ideas. He left me with an awareness of the history and tradition of the VFW and the need to carry this heritage forward to a new generation of veterans.

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