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VFW Post No. 5959, Part 3
The Future of Our Veterans
by Maricia Mlynek & Paul Whytsell

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The last two weeks have been spent introducing and familiarizing you with the VFW organization. The legacy, the devotion, and the future of the veterans are where the series has taken us.

VFW Post No. 5959 remains as dedicated today as it did in 1946. With the cooperation of its Ladies Auxiliary, the post has done countless services for veterans and the community.

According to post members, the VFW without the Ladies Auxiliary is half lost. The two together is what makes great things happen.

The post has set several goals this year.

Members raise an average of 33 flag poles each year in Roane, Wirt, Gilmer and Calhoun counties. At least 35 flags will be distributed and several monuments will be set.

Plans for the Veterans Appre­ciation Dinner are underway, and the organization continues to ready itself for many other services.

Drivers for the DAV are becoming scarce. Two remain active, but the need still exists. Volunteers are always appreciated.

The VFW offers itself as a resource and will aid veterans in need. If you have questions or would like to get involved in some of these services, call 354-6550.

“We would like to see the day the VFW is no longer needed, but as long as there are wars in foreign lands, we will be here to offer help to those returning,” said Paul Whytsell.

Today, the number of members is over 100.

The dedication of this group is apparent in the hearts of its members. Due to them, the VFW has a future in serving veterans and the community.

The following is a list of officers and lifetime members:

Officers are: commander, Albert Tanner; senior vice commander, Scotty Mathess; junior vice commander, Victor Whytsell; quartermaster, Stan Norman; chaplain, Robert Yoak; adjutant, Paul Whytsell; service officer, Paul Whytsell; 3-year trustee, Charles Snyder; 2-year, Roger Yoak; 1-year, Adrian Ball.

Lifetime members, Jimmy Bail, Adrian Ball, Charles Blair, James Burrows, Joseph Cain, Jimmie Carpenter, Oda Carpenter, Jerry Cottrill, Eugene Deel, Delbert Gainer, James Garretson, Lynn Gilbert, Roland Griffin, Garry Hardman, Dannie Hays, William Johnson, William Jones, Georgia Kaase, Charles Lane, Kenneth Litzinger, Hugh McCune, Jr., Lee McKown, John Miller, Thomas Morehead, Melvin Morrison, Stanley Norman, Charles Park, Donzel Price, Thurman Radabaugh, Joseph Richards, Dale Rupert, William Smith, John Smith, Keith Snodgrass, William Stemple, French Stump, Albert Tanner, Keith Tanner, James Thompson, Ronald VanCamp, Emanuel Vannoy, Charles West, Paul Whytsell, Jr., Woodrow Whytsell, Victor Whytsell, Paul Wilson, Robert Yoak, and George Zidek.

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