VFW Post 3404 in the Community
VFW Post 3404 is very involved in our community. From scholarship
programs like Patriots Pen, Voice of Democracy, Scout of the year, and
Teacher of the year, to Flag Education and our Buddy Poppy program,
inspired by the poem "In Flander's Field," the VFW continues its
members' desires to serve America. For more information, visit the
VFW Community site.
The public is invited to a special
patriotic service on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6:30pm-
7:45pm. The program is being put on by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
3404 of Springfield at the Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield,
located at 2210 W Republic Rd,
Springfield, MO, 65807. The
Republic High School JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training
Corp), and Republic artist Dave Garner. There will be a posting of the
colors, the performing of the Battlefield Cross, music, videos,
patriotic comments and presentations. All veterans will be recognized
and honored, and we’ll specifically remember Sgt. Joseph Peters of
Springfield who was killed in 2013 while serving his country in
Afghanistan. A special presentation will be made to Sgt. Peter’s Gold
Star family at this service. Wars are horrific, but brave men and women
volunteer to serve their country knowing they may pay the ultimate
sacrifice. We feel we owe respect and honor to all those who serve their
country and to the families of the fallen soldiers. Whether or not you
are a veteran, or active-duty military personnel, or have veterans or
active duty personnel in your family, please join us.
The SECOND ANNUAL STAND DOWN FOR VETERANS will be conducted on
Wednesday November 18th from 9a.m. to 3p.m. in THE VETERANS VILLAGE
at the EXPO CENTER at 635 East St. Louis Street.
The STAND DOWN provides veterans with a place where they can receive
services and information to help them improve their lives and that of
their family. The goal of the STAND DOWN is to raise the awareness of
what services are available to them. The STAND DOWN is a one-stop shop
and is conducted in a comfortable and non-threatening environment.
The Homeless veterans and the Low-income veterans are the veterans that
we are most concerned about and who we want to provide assistance.
These individuals residing in Greene, Christian, and Webster Counties
are especially invited to attend this EVENT.
A guide will be assigned to each veteran to assist him in visiting each
Vendor, both in the VETERANS VILLAGE area and the HOPE CONNECTION area.
A variety of Vendors will be available for the veteran to visit, such
1. The Veterans Administration vendors, which will have several of
its programs and representatives available to provide services and
information about their particular VA program. For instance, the VA
representative will help the veteran with filing for a disability
claim. This is a most important service in that if the claim is
approved, his life will be certainly improved.
2. Educational Institutions;
4. Counseling Agencies;
5. Legal Services;
6. Housing Agencies, such One Door, Home-At-Last, and Bill's
Place to mention a few;
7. Financial Advisors;
8. Other Veterans Service Organizations, such as the American
Legions, The DAV, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart;
9. An example of a Veterans Service Organization providing a service
is the VFW Post 3404 providing financial assistance to a veteran who has
a utility bill or a rent bill that is overdue. The veteran can make an
appointment at the VFW Post 3404's table and be advised that he must
bring a copy of his DD214 and a copy of the bill to the VFW Post where
it will be reviewed. If everything is in order, a limited amount of
financial assistance will be sent to that company. Most of the time,
such action on the VFW Post's part will delay the utilities from being
shut off immediately or an eviction from
occurring. Mr. Terry
Clay, the VFW's VA Certified Veterans Service Officer will be present to
assist veterans in filing a completed Disability Claim form, and
discussing other VA benefit programs with the veteran. Please visit
with him while you are at the STAND DOWN. The Post has, in the past,
provided financial assistance for food for the veteran's family. The
Post provides certain medical equipment for a veteran. The Post has
donated extensively to the veteran(s) listed in the News Leader's SHARE
YOUR CHRISTMAS project.
10. The Veteran can receive a Flu vaccination, Blood Pressure check,
Vision Check, Hearing Testing, etc.;
11. The veteran can receive a hair cut.
When the veteran has visited the vendors in the Veterans Village, the
veteran and his guide can then proceed to the HOPE CONNECTION and visit
a multitude of other vendors and the services that they provide.
One thing to remember is that the veterans' families must be involved as
much as possible.