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"Honoring the dead by helping the living" is the VFW/LAVFW mission

Simons, Cason, Whaley Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary No. 6672 and nationwide VFW/LAVFW motto is "Honor the dead by helping the living." This is what the members of the Thomson VFW/LAVFW No. 6672 have been doing since receiving their charter many years ago from national.

The purpose of the VFW were first set fourth in 1899 when it was founded by veterans of the Spanish-American War. They were restated in 1914 when several veterans' organizations combined their strengths and became known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

There are more than 22,000 VFW members and about 8,000 LAVFW members in Georgia. Nationwide there are over three million VFW and LAVFW members. The primary purpose and goals of the VFW/LAVFW are to assist worthy comrades, to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead and to assist their widows and orphans in addition to service to the community.

The VFW/LAVFW nationwide membership work together on programs that benefit their communities and country. These programs are Americanism, Buddy Poppy, Cancer Aid and Research, Community Service, Extension, Hospital, Junior Girls, Legislation, Membership, National Children's Home, Publicity, Safety, Rehabilitation, VFW PAC Committee, Voice of Democracy and Youth programs.

Besides the national/state programs, VFW/LAVFW No. 6672 works in our community helping veterans and their families, sponsoring nursing home parties, working with students with literature in drug awareness and safety, participating in Veterans Day and Memorial Day services and helping several needy families.

Thomson VFW No. 6672 Commander is Luke Martin and LAVFW President is Jackie Rogers. These leaders, along with the rest of their line officers and membership, would like to invite veterans and their families to join them.

Meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Sweetwater Activity Center on Wire Road. For more information call VFW No. 6672 Commander Luke Martin at 706-595-5176 or Auxiliary President Jackie Rogers at 706-595-1885.

Web posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006

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