VFW seeks volunteers to save Post


WAYNESBORO–Waynesboro VFW Post 695 is at danger of losing its charter if veterans don’t step up to be involved.

The Post will hold a meeting Monday, April 17, at 7 p.m. and officers are hoping veterans will attend and volunteer to help.

Many who have served the community and other veterans in officer positions are no longer able, or after decades of doing so, need to pass the torch.  The VFW is taking steps to bring in younger vets, but that takes time. 

“Our VFW risks losing its charter if we cannot field a team of officers,” said Mark Spangler, post commander.  “In addition to losing an active part of the community, we employ 20 people and risk losing our property.”      

For nearly 90 years VFW Post 695 and its members have been supporting veterans and the Waynesboro area. The VFW’s mission is, “to foster camaraderie among U.S. veterans of overseas conflicts, to serve our veterans, the military and our communities and to advocate on behalf of all veterans.” 

They provide assistance via VA claims and separation benefits, financial grants, student veteran support and mental wellness.  They also provide advocacy for legislative priorities, national security and foreign affairs, women veterans, grassroots efforts and VA Healthcare Watch. 

VFW is distinguished from the American Legion by eligibility criteria that require service in a war, campaign, or expedition “on foreign soil or in hostile waters.”  Many VFW members are also Legion members and vice versa, but not all can be both. 

If you are a veteran who served in a hostile area, VFW Post 695 needs your help. Men and women who have served and are able are encouraged to show up Monday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post at 346 W. Main St. 

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