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FLORIDA POST HOSTS WELCOME HOME BARBEQUE

VFW Post 2391 shows ongoing support for their adopted unit.

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“Nothing gives me greater pride and pleasure than helping our brave and patriotic military members,” said Glen Tilley, Immediate Past Commander, VFW Post 2391, St. Augustine, Fla. “Anything I can possibly do to help them, I will do.”

Post members bridged the gap between generations at the Welcome Home barbecue they hosted for their adopted unit, 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment, in early November.

The battalion was greeted at their home base, Cecil Field, for their first drill weekend by the members of Post 2391 and 32 Florida VFW District 6 volunteers. A grant from the VFW Military Assistance Program (MAP) helped cover the food costs for the 350 service members in attendance.  

Post members were eager to celebrate the unit’s return with a special Welcome Home meal. VFW Post 2391 supported the unit throughout their year-long deployment to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan by sending numerous care packages and other gifts.

“We wanted to show our gratitude for their service,” said Tilley.

Tilley, a member of the VFW since 1970 and Post 2391 member since 1999 knows all too well what the support from the VFW means. He served five years in the Army and 20 years in the Navy.

“I take pride in being a part of the most caring military veterans’ organization in the world. No one does more for veterans,” said Tilley.

“It was an honor to be in the company of such great Americans and patriots,” said LTC William P. Mignon of the 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment. “They went out of their way to make us feel like heroes.”

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