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Local V.F.W. to be honored

Monday, August 16, 2010

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The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127 will receive the National Outstanding Community Service Post Award at a V.F.W. National Convention in Indianapolis. [Order this photo]
Later this month, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127 Commander Bob Bigley will travel to Indianapolis for a national V.F.W. convention.

While there, Bigley and fellow V.F.W. member Jackie Hall will receive an award bestowed to the local chapter.

The local post learned it was to receive the National Outstanding Community Service Post Award earlier this year.

"This is a great honor for us," Bigley said. "When you're talking national, you're talking the entire country. Being a small post and getting an award, it's a great honor. We couldn't believe it.

"They recognize the best posts of the best posts."

Bigley and Hall will be able to attend the national convention, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 23, because it is in Indianapolis.

Bigley said local V.F.W. officials attended the state convention in June and learned about the award.

"We were notified at the (state convention)," he said. "We were told at that time."

In addition, Bigley said District 7, of which the local post is a member of, gave a community service award to the organization as well. The local post is located at 303 S. Depot St., Brazil.

"When we got that award, the state took it and were going to give us another award," Bigley said. "But the state took it to the national level."

Bigley said the community service award is not just for the local V.F.W., but for the entire community.

"This shows the community has worked with the V.F.W. and its partners and we're getting things done in this community," he said. "Even in hard times, the way we're pressed, people reach in their pockets and they just give, give, give, give. This shows people around the country and around our state how well this small community gets on board.

"There are big cities that don't back veterans as well as this community does."

Bigley pointed to the amount of money that has been recently raised for the Clay County Veterans Service Office and its interest in purchasing a new mini-van to transport Clay County veterans to and from medical appointments or to VA hospitals.

"This shows the effort of this community for its veterans," Bigley said.

Bigley, who became the local post commander earlier this year, said the award is for deeds that took place in 2009. He said current local post Agitant John Schraedley, who maintains community service records, along with former commanders Les Walden and Jim Cassidy are largely responsible for the award.

"They worked tirelessly," Bigley said. "They have a lot to do with this award."


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He left out former Commander Steve Cohee. The outstanding staff that put up huge numbers the last few years to support all of this. Also thank all of the new members that have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan that beefed up the Post. At any rate the Post has done many amazing things in recent years such as the fund raiser for the family that lost their trailer a while back among other things. They just don't toot their own horn about it.

-- Posted by wtfizdat on Tue, Aug 17, 2010, at 11:20 AM

I agree, the commanders name for the yeaar 2009 should have been mentioned. But of course Mr.Bigley only thinks about himself.

What about all the people that help build that nice new building.

-- Posted by (B_b) is an idiot !! on Tue, Aug 17, 2010, at 12:31 PM

What about all the hard work that THE HOUSE COMMITTE AND BARTENDERS HAS DONE IN 2009. Commander Cohee is the one that really should be thanked for all his hard work not Cassidey all he thinks about is BINGO... and Bingo sure did not win that award for the Post.

Bigly only thinks about himself.He thinks the VFW will not run if wasn't for him.But it has ran for lots of years before he moved here from OHIO and became a member of Post 1127. Just remember it takes the whole post to get this special award not just a few menbers.

-- Posted by BFL on Tue, Aug 17, 2010, at 9:07 PM

What about all the hard work that THE HOUSE COMMITTE AND BARTENDERS HAS DONE IN 2009. Commander Cohee is the one that really should be thanked for all his hard work not Cassidey all he thinks about is BINGO... and Bingo sure did not win that award for the Post.

Bigly only thinks about himself.He thinks the VFW will not run if wasn't for him.But it has ran for lots of years before he moved here from OHIO and became a member of Post 1127. Just remember it takes the whole post to get this special award not just a few menbers.

-- Posted by BFL on Tue, Aug 17, 2010, at 9:10 PM

Congrats 1127 for the outstanding job.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Aug 18, 2010, at 4:03 PM


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