VFW provides a hearty meal for more than 4,000 service members


A well-prepared meal is an excellent way to show gratitude when words are simply not enough.

That was the idea behind this year’s 2nd Annual VFW Steak Barbecue at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The VFW Military Assistance Program and the VFW Department of California came together to provide $10,000 to buy a hearty meal for over 4,000 service members.

“We wanted to do something for the troops that would serve as a small token of our appreciation for the sacrifices they make,” said Jack Turner, Commander, VFW Department of California.

The VFW spent five months planning the July 16th event. Over 60 volunteers from Districts 1, 4, 23, 7 and Ladies Auxiliary VFW came out to serve food and clean up tables. Some 500 VFW Operation Uplink™ domestic phone cards were also handed out as an extra show of support.

“This event allowed members of VFW to interact with active-duty service members,” said Turner. “It’s good to be able to put a face to our organization.”

VFW members, as well as VFW service officers, were on hand to answer questions military members had about the organization.

“These service members were very grateful we were there,” said Turner. “More than 70 of them signed up for the VFW right there at the barbecue.

“It’s amazing to look at their faces and see their gratitude,” said Turner. “It’s great to be able to give something to someone who’s already given so much. We are determined to make this a time-honored tradition.”

Col. David Myers, U.S. Marine Corps, wrote to VFW to say “thank you” on behalf of all those who serve.
“Your generosity was truly a morale booster for our service members and their families,” said Myers. “And we are extremely grateful for your patriotism and commitment to the men and women serving this great nation.”



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