Indian Creek Valley VFW honored for its community service
Indian Creek Valley VFW Post 12019 received national recognition for its overall services to the community. It's an award given to few across the nation.
“They pick a post every year who has done the best at community service,” said John Rebar of Bullskin, post commander. “We received it for all the things that we do in the community.”
Rebar said the post is involved in a multitude of events and community activities, including honor guard, veterans' funerals, participation in local parades and its annual spaghetti dinner around Veterans Day that is offered at no cost to local veterans.
The post is active in Scouting, sponsors Little League teams and hosts school-based programs such as “Voices of Democracy” and “Patriot's Pen,” both of which are essay contests offered to children in the area.
Members from the post and their spouses visit the Eicher Family Home Care Center in Normalville, where they spend time with residents visiting, reading, involving the residents in games and singing songs.
In addition to the post presentation, an award was given to veteran Jim Miller of the post, who acts as the community service chairman.
“I'm glad to see the post get recognized,” Miller said, adding that he has taken care of the community service programs and events since the post was founded in 2003.
The awards came as a surprise to the post, which was notified in the spring. The award was sent to District 23 in Somerset.
District 23 includes all of the VFW posts in Fayette and Somerset counties. Kenneth Wilson of the post notified the local group of the awards.
“I thought it was great when I heard about it, and I think that it's great that we got the recognitions,” Rebar said.
Rebar said because the group meets at a rented building, it will not be able to permanently display the plaques. “We can bring them out at meetings to look at them and pass them around for everyone to see if we want,” he said.
The post has 58 veterans who are active. The group plans to remain an active part in the communities, in the schools and in the lives of local veterans.
“We donate to anything and everything that we can,” Miller said. “I tell people that we are not a bar association post. We serve the community.”
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
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