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As yesterday's defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.  Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service in the Persian Gulf, Korea, Kosovo, the war on terrorism or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns. Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace.
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Commander's Corner

Commander Richard DePontee

Let’s talk Social Media.  I know this may be long, but it is informative, so please take the time to read..
I’m often asked, how did you, with less than a few months in the VFW, take a declining VFW post from 50 members to 124 members in 3 years?  First, I didn’t do it by myself, it started with two of us.  Yes, just two, but it must start somewhere, and we were motivated.  
Three short months after joining the VFW, the outgoing Commander thought I would make a great replacement for him because he was still active and PCSing.  I was lucky and just before I joined, another member joined and was elected to be the new Quartermaster.  I owe much of my success to my friend, my brother, Adam St. Pierre (your current State Buddy Poppy Chair).
Along with many other shortfalls, Adam and I realized that to reach more Veterans, we needed to establish a Facebook Page for our VFW Post.  Keep in mind, this was before VFW Facebook pages/groups were prevalent.  So, with the help of my wife and daughters, I created a VFW Facebook page for non-profit organizations for our VFW Post.  Once created, I added my QM, Adam, as an administrator.
From there, we decided that we would do Facebook Posts for anything the Post was doing no matter how minute or trivial.  If I wasn’t posting, Adam was.  We started sharing other things that were going on in the community from other Facebook pages and in turn, those other local companies started sharing things that we were doing.
Wouldn’t you know it, things really started to take off from there.  Why?  It’s actually easier than you think.  The Social Media connection.  With Social Media, you are able to reach people that you didn’t even know were out there and listening.
Is that the only reason for my VFW Post’s success, well no; but was it a major contributing factor that opened a lot of doors? ABSOLUTELY!
Look at the current All-American list that I just posted on Facebook recently.  Search those posts in Google and every one of them, the first Google link is their Facebook.  Go to their Facebook and take a gander and see the constant flow of information they are posting.  Most of them are daily, 2-3 times a week or at the most weekly.
Knowledge is the key to success, ask any successful company or organization.  But, like I used to tell the Soldiers I was mentoring, "Knowledge is only as good as it’s dissemination.” If I keep it to myself, that knowledge that I gained is wasted.  Social Media gives us that opportunity to share that knowledge to people we don’t know and don’t even have contact with in any other forum.
So, the key to a successful Social Media platform is Share Often, Share Facts, Share Experiences, Share Events and never assume what you want to share is already known, because that one person you may reach, may be the next Post Commander to take your VFW Post to the next level.

Operation Bottom Cover

Operation Bottom Cover

2024 National Home Bus Trip

2024 Annual National Home Department of Missouri VFW & Auxiliary Trip.  For trip agenda please Click Here.

National Home Brochure

Missouri sponsors two cottages at the National Home.  We have an annual trip scheduled in October and sponsor the Halloween Party for the children.

Help the National Home

The National Home has published it's 2023-24 Fund Raising Program.  Please give what you can.  Missouri currently sponsors 2 cottages at the Home.

VOD/PP Donation Incentives

 

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The Boot with Randy Tolliver

As District 8 representative I was interviewed by Derin Phelps of Dockins Broadcast Group, Farmington, Missouri as a local news story broadcast on KYLS-FM, Farmington MO. The subject was The PACT ACT.

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Department Chaplain's Zoom Meeting

Chaplain's Zoom Training will resume in September 2024 on the third Thursday of the month and run through May 2025.  To get the Zoom address for the class and other Chaplain updates, please email peterhook@verizon.net and ask to be put on the Chaplain's Newsletter email list.  This email, which is sent out monthly prior to the training, will contain the current Zoom address to sign in to the class.  You can also email Missouri State Chaplain Debb Halter at chaplain@movfw.org to be put on the list.

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DEPARTMENT FOOD PANTRY

 The Department hosts the Mid-Mo Military Family Pantry at our Department Headquarters, 3401 Knipp Drive, Jefferson City, MO.  The Pantry is open on Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  However, if a veteran or his family is in immediate need, they can call the Department office at 573-636-8761 for assistance.  We will do accept cold food donations.  


IN-COUNTRY

A satirical reflection by Author/Artist Phil Fehrenbacher

Phil enlisted in the Army in 1965 where you served for years in Vietnam.  He became a graphic designer and has worked for the state of Oregon for 26 years.  He retired in 2003 and started the Cartoon "In-Country".  The cartoons reflect his experiences during his tour of duty in South Vietnam.


There is a new cartoon everyday.

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De Soto Veteran Honored by VFW for #StillServing

De Soto veteran Quincy Myrick is being honored for dedication to country and community in the VFW national #StillServing campaign. (Photo credit: Quincy Myrick)

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VFW National Commander Denounces Political Violence

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VFW Celebrates the 248th Birthday of America

WASHINGTON - On July 4, 248 years ago, the Second Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, but it ...

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"That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their surviving spouses and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies."

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