Alta VFW and Ladies Auxiliary earn national award for Outstanding Community Service

Friday, August 24, 2012
A small group of Alta's VFW and Auxiliary members with the award - Bob Holmes, Don Fisher, Kenny Lenz, Dan Young, Cathy Fisher, Darel Burns, Paul Meyer, Desel Caboth, Marie Michelson, Betsy Lenz. /Photo by Lorri Glawe

KANSAS CITY, MO - Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #6172 and Ladies Auxiliary of Alta was the recipient of the VFW National Outstanding Community Service Post Award at the VFW National Convention in Reno, Nevada on July 23 during an invitation only reception.

Criteria to receive the award are set by the VFW State Headquarters for recognizing posts' community service work in their local area. This year, 68 VFW posts from across the nation received this national award. Each post received a reflective street sign to display in their city recognizing this award. These posts are outstanding examples of the over 8.5 million hours of community service valued at over $236 million performed by VFW volunteers last year.

While honoring the award recipients, VFW Commander-in-Chief Richard L. DeNoyer said, "Through our community service program, we build a better, stronger America, and we fulfill our commitment to serve America's veterans and their families. This post has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to their community. Their exemplary service is an example to citizens across this great nation."

In addition to community service effort, the VFW assists veterans and their families to obtain veterans' entitlements and other services for the well being of those serving on active duty, in the National Guard and the Reserves. The VFW was founded in 1899. Three are over two million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries, located in approximately 7,300 posts worldwide.