Local veterans organization receives recognition on state level


GRAFTON—For their outstanding efforts in offering services to the brave men and women who selflessly defended the freedoms of the United States, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3081 received recognition on a statewide level.

Recently VFW Post 3081 and its Auxiliary traveled to the Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, WV for the 2021 State Convention. The convention serves as an opportunity for area VFW’s to come together and discuss the needs of veterans across the country.

It is also a time to celebrate the brave men and women who have served in the American Armed Forces, along with a way for VFW’s and their auxiliaries to showcase how they serve their community.

According to Auxiliary President Brenda Thompson, the organization has been hard at work this past year doing just that. And because of their determination to serve veterans, both the local post and auxiliary received awards for their efforts.

“Post 3081 and the auxiliary were recognized for their service to veterans,” shared VFW Post 3081 Auxiliary President Brenda Thompson. “We were jointly awarded first-place for community service.”

Thompson shared that both entities were thrilled to have received the award, but recognition was not the driving force behind their efforts.

“We do the work that we do because it is the right thing to do for our veterans,” Thompson expressed. “But it is nice to be recognized for our efforts.”

In addition, the auxiliary was acknowledged for its work in different areas including Americanism, chaired by Thompson; Youth Activities, led by chair Polly Foreman; Hospital Services, also chaired by Foreman; Mentoring for Leadership, chaired by Rosemary Knight; and Community Outreach, chaired by Renee Taylor.

In addition, the auxiliary’s Veterans and Family Support program, led by chairperson Erin Coyle, also received recognition.

“I’m very proud of all the awards we received this year,” said Thompson. “We do so much work to help our local veterans and their families, and it is nice to be recognized for our efforts.”

But the accolades wouldn’t stop there for the Post 3081 Auxiliary, as Thompson received a special award all her own.

During the convention, she received the District President of the Year Award, as well as Auxiliary President of the Year.

“I was stunned and literally brought to tears,” Thompson voiced. “It was such an honor to receive both awards.”

She said that often there is a stigma around our local VFW that is it just a bar, but in fact, the Memorial City Post offers so much more.

“The VFW doesn’t get the credit it deserves,” said Thompson. “I want people to know why we’re here and that we aren’t just a bar. Hopefully hearing of some of our achievements will help with that.”

She said that she would like invite anyone wishing to join the Auxiliary to come down to one of their meetings, held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, at the Memorial City Post Home, located at 225 West Main Street, Grafton.

“We are always open for membership, and we’d love to have you,” said Thompson. “In order to become a member all an applicant must have is a family member who has served in foreign wars.”

For more information on the Auxiliary, or to become a member, please contact Thompson at 304-476-8727.

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