Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
VFW Post 6937 has been honored with the title “All American” 2018 – 2019 year. The Post was just one of five All American Posts honored from the Commonwealth, which is the second year in a row for the award. Post Commander Floyd Houston is scheduled to receive the award in person at the Nation VFW Convention in Florida on July 22, 2019.
According to a statement from local VFW Post 6937, The Veterans of Foreign Wars was established after veterans of the 1898 War with Spain returned to the United States bearing wounds and illnesses (primarily Yellow Fever), as well as the burden of taking care of the widows and orphans of their wartime comrades for which the nation at that time had absolutely no safety net. They initially organized locally but by 1915 they became a nationwide organization which helped establish a fledgling VA by the time the Doughboys returned from WWI. Before WWII was concluded, they helped establish the GI Bill and they have been in the forefront of national legislative, as well as practical local efforts to help veterans and their families ever since.
"Here in Edmonson County, VFW Post 6937 is most visible to the community in conducting burial honors for veterans, flag training, patriotic speaking and writing contests in the schools, as well as providing honors at significant community events, such as the Memorial Day ceremony in the Courthouse square," said Post Commander Houston in a statement. "Our Post meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Edmonson County Library. If you are an Honorably discharged veteran with a campaign medal from any overseas conflict, please join us."