Edmonson Voice Report:
Brownsville VFW Post 6937 has announced their new officers in a press release.
Kevin Engel was named Post Commander. Kevin is a Combat Action Badge, Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal recipient of the Iraq conflict. Medically retired after 30 years of service from the US Army for wounds, Kevin served as a Command Sergeant Major. He was a Combat Engineer in the Army and now owns and runs his own construction company here in Edmonson County. He was the VFW District 5 Commander last year and has thrown his hat in the ring to become a VFW Department of Kentucky State officer.
New Senior Vice Commander is Gerald Carroll. Gerald served 38 years in the US Army as a Chief Warrant Officer-5 serving as a Master Army Aviator with extensive overseas experience. His extensive decorations include the Combat Action Badge and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Randall Wilson is the Post’s new Junior Vice Commander. Randall owned and operated a successful welding firm. His overseas service was defending the Republic of Korea as a cavalryman. This is Randall’s first term as an officer of the VFW.
Donna Engel is our Post’s experienced Quartermaster. She has been awarded All State and All American honors and is also the VFW 5th District Quartermaster. Donna and Kevin are married and her overseas service was also defending the Republic of Korea as a member of the US Air Force.
Rare and blessed are VFW Posts with officers of this caliber.
Past Post Commander Edwin Vincent remains in charge of the Post’s Burial Honors Detail and will become the VFW Department of Kentucky’s Senior Vice Commander this year (State Commander next year). Past Post Commander Floyd Houston is taking some time off to visit with new grandchildren across the country and to lead an effort to digitize the Edmonson County Veterans’ Hallway.
"The VFW was established following the Spanish-American War and is charged by Congress to remember our fallen veterans, take care of living veterans in need, as well as widows and orphans of veterans, and to conduct good works in the community," said the post in a statement. "Our Post is known for its charitable contributions, conducting Flag training for Edmonson County 4th Graders each fall, for conducting patriotic speaking and writing competitions for older students, for conducting Community Service Awards each year, and especially for our Burial Honors Detail. Our Burial Honors Detail routinely supports between 12 – 20 veterans’ graveside internments with precision and great dignity. We meet at the Edmonson County Library on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. If you are an overseas veteran with a qualifying campaign medal, please join us."