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Passing of Comrade Bob Antczak

 First Sergeant Robert C. Antczak, US Army, (Ret.) died October 20, 2017 at home in Bulverde, Texas, at the age of 81. He was born January 15, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Chester and Aurelia Antczak. After graduating from Chicago Vocational High School, “Bob” was intent on joining the Army. Needing a waiver signed by his parents, Bob enlisted at the age of 17 and held numerous high level billets. His career highlights include; serving during the Korean War, Jump School Instructor at West Point Military Academy and serving three combat tours during the Vietnam War. Bob survived his helicopter being shot down in Vietnam and subsequently becoming a Prisoner of War, escaping the enemy camp after three arduous days. Bob’s top awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal. These are a few of the awards he received during his 20 years of military service. After retirement from the Army, Bob moved to San Antonio working as an investigator for Texas Industrial Surveys, Inc., a security company. In 1980 he purchased the company and it flourished until he sold it when he was ready to retire. Bass fishing and working with the VFW became Bob’s passions after retirement. He joined Post 8541 and held offices at the local and district levels. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Sheron; daughter Christy Harless and husband Mark; grandchildren, Shelby Wilson, Sydney and Trey Wallace, great-granddaughter Olivia Wilson-Chavez; son Master Sergeant Robert B. Antczak, USMC, and wife Sarah; grandchildren, Bryan, Jason and Gunner Antczak, Keadan and Addison Haycraft; sister Jean Jarovsky, nephews John, Ronald and Donald Radowski and their children and grandchildren. Bob is also survived by son Allen Antczak; granddaughters Sarah Hinn and Lisa Antczak, great-grandson Thacher; daughter Tracy Olson; grandchildren Devin and Corbin Olson. Bob was preceded in death by his son Michael Robert Antczak.

A memorial service will be held at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 518 Pike Place, San Antonio, TX 78209; at 10:30 am on Thursday, November 2.

The graveside service will be at 1:45 pm at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northwood Presbyterian Church or to VFW Post 8541, 2222 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78218

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VFW District 20 Voice Of Democracy, Patriots Pen and Teachers Awards

!!!!!Turn-In Nov 12, 2017 at VFW Post 1533!!!!!!

Comrades,

Please be sure all post entry forms are complete for the turn in on November 12, 2017.  If your post does not receive any Patriots Pen or VOD submissions,  it is possible other Post may have an extra entry they may be willing to share.  Please contact those Post before the dead line so that your paper work will be in order for the turn in.  
 
I remind any Post that receives an entry from another Post, that your Post must declare that individual as your post winner and the Post must give their winner some scholarship money.
 
Jose Duran, District 20 Commander
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Just a reminder that the TURN IN Date for VFW District 20  Voice Of Democracy, Patriots Pen and Teachers Awards of 12 Nov 2017 between 1-4 PM at VFW Post 1533 is fast approaching.

Most importantly insure that all of the Post  Form for Turn ins for all three programs MUST have the Post Commander”s Signature and also the Auxiliary President’s signature. No Commanders signature and the Post turn in for any of the three programs and they will be rejected.

Please pay close attention to the ENTRY FORMS and pictures that are needed for each entry.
Yours In Comradeship and Thank You. See you on the 12 of November with your accurate and completed entries.
John (Pat) Clark,   District Chairman Patriots Pen and Teachers Awards
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Flu Season is here! Veterans protect yourselves and get a NO COST flu shot!

The cold and flu season is upon us and the Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost.  Vaccinations will be available through March 31, 2018.

Veterans wishing to receive the no cost vaccination simply need to present a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID, at any participating Walgreens to receive the vaccination. The Group ID is:VAFLU

In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical record.

VA is committed to keeping Veteran patients healthy, and during this flu season, vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of flu.  No matter where you live, visit your local VA clinic or Walgreens to get a no cost flu shot.  

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VFW Mission Statement

 Department of Texas VFW District 20 is dedicated to our motto

 – We honor the dead by helping the living –

 We are committed to helping our fellow Comrades

We actively participate in the communities that surround our District and Post Homes.

 Why join the VFW? Because our strength comes from you.

Simply put, the VFW strives to do good things for deserving people;

particularly veterans, their families, and their communities.

From local grassroots ideas to national influence,

we work everyday to make a difference.

It’s our strength as an organization.

And, with each individual membership,

we only grow stronger.

25th ID VV

-MOTTO-

“Do it right the first time”

Jose Duran – District Commander – Texas VFW District 20

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Commanders and Comrades

We have received an overwhelming number of phone calls from Harvey survivors and Harvey volunteers who want to help. We have added a special section on the Texas VFW website to help facilitate survivors and their needs for non-monetary assistance, such as labor, supplies, skills, etc.

This will allow members and Post’s to submit what they are needing help with so those Post’s and their members who want to help by volunteering non-monetary assistance can do so by contacting the person who needs the help directly.

All a person needs to do is fill out the form and their request will be listed after verification of legitimacy is established. Those wanting to assist will be able to check the list on a daily basis and decide where they best can donate non-monetary assistance such as manpower, building skills, cleaning supplies, food, water, etc. No solicitations for money will be posted.

You can find this section under the Programs Tab > Volunteer. Here is a direct link – https://www.texasvfw.org/volunteer.

Please distribute this email out to your Posts and membership.

Should you have any questions please let me know.

Dan West
State Headquarters
Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars