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2/26/2013 11:33:00 AM
Letter: Williams VFW post committed to helping U.S. vets
Steven Bingell
Third Vice Commander

To the editor:

The newly established Veterans of Foreign Wars Matthew James Broehm Post #12128 is now located at 117 W. Rt. 66, Suite 190 in the strip mall. Our five objectives are to ensure the national security through maximum military strength, to speed the rehabilitation of the nation's disabled and needy veterans, to assist the widows and orphans and the dependents of disabled and needy veterans, to provide a strong voice in Congress and to promote Americanism through education in patriotism and constructive service to the communities in which we live.

Our purpose is to ensure fellow combat veterans find a safe haven in which they will be respected and honored, and one which will enable them to find the espirit de corps, peace and security in the brotherhood of warriors. This will help provide assistance to the veteran during times of stress and hardship.

With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder very prevalent in our returning combat veterans (between 15-20 percent), our post offers comfort, solace and support for the veteran and family. Most of our post members are Vietnam-era veterans and are well schooled in providing aid and comfort to the combat veteran from WWII to Korea, from Vietnam to Iraq and the Afghanistan war on terror.

We seek to eliminate the negative stereotypes of soldiers prevalent during the Vietnam War era and military service linked to mental illness and violence by using education, training and outreach programs. These veterans are not to be painted with the same brush as all the negative attention that troubled veterans receive. We wish to help solve vital issues, like helping with job searches for returning veterans transitioning to civilian life. To ensure this happens we would like to establish a close relationship with the Williams local business community. This partnership would consist of developing a community spirit, fundraising and ensuring that our mutual goals are met. Post #12128 would be glad to share skills with volunteers at fairs, public events, and other social/community functions.

American military personnel are men and women that have written a blank check to the United States of America that is payable all the way to their death if need be. The check was written to the American people and was sealed in blood for the many freedoms generations of this country have enjoyed. These are the people who stand up and accept the weight of responsibilities engendered within their psyche and are willing to sacrifice their all in order that Americans can enjoy the benefits of which our democracy stands.

That "can-do" attitude resonates throughout and transcends the generation gaps and molds a character that has all the tools necessary to make them ideal as leaders or followers. These are the men and women of this generation that are fulfilling the highest goal of sacrifice in order to allow Americans the opportunity to continue enjoying the benefits of living in a free society such as America enjoys. It is time to show to the American people that the face of the military is considerably different than the Vietnam era veterans. As past VFW Commander-in-Chief Richard De Noyer said, "they have committed themselves to protecting us. We can do no less than commit ourselves to protecting them."

Our monthly meetings are on the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.

Steven Bingell

Third Vice Commander, VFW Post No. 12128

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