by VFW Post 6937 Commander Floyd Houston, story and photos:
Excitement dominated the VFW Department of Kentucky State Convention in Louisville this past weekend. The Department bid farewell to outgoing 2018-2019 State Commander “Doc” Daugherty, and the incoming Commander, Bruce Unland, a thrice wounded Vietnam veteran was sworn in by past National Commander in Chief John Stroud. Throughout the weekend, Past Commander Stroud reminded the crowd that this year was the VFW’s best in 27 years for retention, recruiting, helping veterans in need, remembering our nation’s fallen, and doing good works in the communities.
At our county level, Mr. Hank Vincent was recognized as Kentucky’s Emergency Medical Technician of the Year. Stan Tillman was similarly recognized as the Kentucky Fire Fighter of the Year. Nominations for these public safety awards came in from throughout the Commonwealth and selection highlights the awardee’s sense of duty, self-discipline, sacrifice, and skill.
Next, former Brownsville VFW Post 6937 Commander, Edwin Vincent was sworn in to the office of State Junior Vice Commander, meaning that in two more years he will become the State Commander. Following Edwin’s example, Brownsville VFW Post 6937’s Senior Vice Commander Kevin Engel, a wounded Army veteran of the Iraq conflict, was sworn in to simultaneously serve as the 5th VFW District Commander, in charge of all the VFW Posts in our surrounding counties. Finally, Floyd Houston and Donna Engel, Brownsville VFW Post 6937’s Commander and Quartermaster were awarded All-State honors for the Post’s excellent work this past year. Judging for the National level award of All American will take place early next month and our Post is in the running again for this year, stay tuned!