State Commander Chester Pyatt would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Department of Florida
543 N.E. Sanchez Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34470
Welcome to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Florida. The VFW was founded on July 27, 1931 to assure those who have protected our country are protected in return. This comes in the form of patriotic programs, reaching out with help in communities across America, and being an advocate for veteran’s entitlements both in Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars was originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the VFW continues to be a voice for veterans, currently deployed members of our Armed Forces and their families.
The VFW and its Auxiliaries are located in 8,500 VFW Posts around the world. We are at heart an organization dedicated to providing a place for all of those who have sacrificed in our nations’s conflicts abroad. While we are a national organization, we express this dedication through our local posts and programs to support veterans service members and their families.
We extend an invitation to join, our most prestigious organization and take part in the caring for our Warriors of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
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Welcome to the 2013-14
“Team Florida” “Delivering for Veterans” VFW!
As we embark on another journey in our lives of VFW Members, we sometimes ask ourselves, “Why do we do it?” The answer is simple; we care about our Veterans and their families. That’s why we joined the premier organization for America’s war veterans.
Once again we are using the “TEAM FLORIDA” slogan, with the addition of “DELIVERING FOR VETERANS”, to enhance our purpose and emphasize our goals. We will “Deliver for our Veterans” by; increasing membership, working and promoting VFW Program’s in our communities, serving Veterans and their families through our Service Office, Hospital Program and our Homeless Veterans programs.
Now is the time we must work extra hard in the recruitment of our younger veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. We must make every effort possible to make them feel welcome in our Posts. We must help with transition support, educational benefits and employment. This year we are putting emphasis on SVA (Student Veterans of America), a program started last year to help identify and educate younger veterans about the benefits of membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
We are going to emphasize promoting our organization this year by contacting media outlets, (TV RADIO, NEWSPAPERS) and using Social Media to announce events, functions, and visits into Districts or Posts. We are looking for positive announcements of happenings within our communities.
Promotion of Family activities at our Posts will be a priority this year. We want our younger veterans to realize the importance of our programs, and benefits. We believe that encouraging family days at the post level will enhance our efforts in recruitment and retention.
The Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries are a huge part of this team and we are committed in giving them our full support. My congratulations go out to Debbie, and promise her we will work together to make this a successful year.
As the year begins with installation and the first Council of Administration meeting, we will be working as a team. The officers you have elected and the chairpersons appointed are ready to serve. We appreciate the confidence and trust you have placed in us. The “Team” accepts this responsibility, and you, the membership are a vital part of this team.
Let’s work together, play together, and accomplish our goals together, all while having fun. “DELIVERING FOR VETERANS”
Chester H. Pyatt
State Commander 2013-2014