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April 7, 2018                                                                        March 25, 2018 at 11am

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Quilts of Valor

VFW Helotes Post 7108 celebrated Vietnam Veterans Days Proclamation with a ceremony on March 29, 2018 with a brief historical background by Post Sr Vice Commander Dana Hardecker on the treatment of these veterans on their return home from war. The Quilts of Valor Foundation, based in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, donated and awarded six Quilts of Valor to Post 7108 Vietnam Veterans. Food and drinks served following the event.  A very moving experience. Left photo (L to R); QOV members displaying the quilts with Sr Vice Commander Hardecker observing. Right photo (L to R), Rolando S. Webber/Past Post Commander, Jose Duran/District 20 Commander, Rafael Portalatin/Post Surgeon, Bernard L. Bridges/Post Member, Walter Neal/MG Unit 30-7108 Chairman, Ricardo Zamora/Post Member displaying the Quilts.

Amount: $1800 / Hours: 12 / Members: 12


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Kosovo Campaign

VFW Helotes Post 7108 held the Kosovo Campaign Ceremony on March 24, 2018 at the Post. The event started at 6 p.m. with a salute and allegiance to the flag followed by the Chaplain’s prayer. A brief History of the campaign was read and explained by Commander Knowles Atchison with emphasis on the amount of NATO allied support was applied to this conflict to Members, Public present and special guest from VFW Post 12014, Lytle, Texas Jack Steel/Dist. 20 Chaplain. Left photo (L to R) Beverly Duran/Auxiliary Treasurer, Jack Steel/Dist. 20 Chaplain, Arthur Young/Post Adjutant, Knowles Atchison/ Post Commander (holding cake), John Maines/Post QM (back of cake), Isaiah Twombly/Member (holding cake), Jose Duran/District 20 Commander, Jesus Rubio and R. S. Webber/Post Judge Advocate. Right photo (L to R) Jose Duran/District 20 Commander, Jack Steel/ Dist. 20 Chaplain and Beverly Duran/ Auxiliary Treasurer. Refreshments and ceremonial cake were served after the event.

Amount: $50 / Hours: 12 / Members: 12


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District 20 Picnic

TEXAS VFW District 20 sponsored a Member’s Appreciation Picnic on March 17, 2018. All 19 VFW Posts in the District were invited to participate. A free meal was served, and drinks were offered along with music. Several Department Officers, State Commander Edward Torres and State Adjutant Roy Grona were present for the installation of new Officers for the new VFW Raul (Roy) P. Benavidez Post 12071. Also present was upcoming State Commander Inge Conley, Lynn Toomer, Dan West and Larry Velasquez/National C of A and Peyton Lumpkin/Past State Commander. After preliminary ritual of posting the colors and presenting of VIP Officers, commencement of new Post installing began.  Left photo (L to R); Jose Duran (black shirt)/Texas VFW District 20 Commander, Edward Torres/VFW State Commander and Larry Sanders/State Chief of Staff doing the installation. Right photo; New Post Officers in line with the new Commander Lee Rivas (in front)

Amount: $4200 / Hours: 2700 / Members: 450


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Wounded Warrior Center

VFW Helotes Post 7108 served lunch to our wounded warriors veterans on March 6, 2018. These meals are donated by different VFW Posts in District 20 and meals are served throughout the year on key Holidays.  A very rewarding experience. Left photo (L to R); Janell Neal (marron apron)/VFW Post 7108 Auxiliary, Gladys Portalatin/Auxiliary Chaplain, Rafael Portalatin/Post Surgeon, Jack Steel/VFW Post 10241 Chaplain. Right photo (L to R), Rafael Portalatin/Post Surgeon, Jose Duran/District 20 Commander, Gladys Portalatin/Auxiliary Chaplain, Beverly Duran/Auxiliary Treasurer.

Amount: $300 / Hours: 18 / Members: 3



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Buddy Poppy Distribution

VFW Helotes Post 7108 did a Buddy Poppy Distribution the on February 24, 2018 at the Walmart on Shanefield and Hwy 1560 from 9 to 11:30 A.M. Even though the weather was not ideal with a moderate mist, the donations from the Walmart shopping customers in support of veterans was excellent and made of sunny day despite the weather. Pictorial reference; Left photo (L to R) Dana Hardacker /Post Sr Vice Commander, Stanley Meyer/Post Officer of the Day, Burney Bridges/Post Member, Rolando S. Webber/District 20 Jr Vice Commander, Rafael Portalatin/Post Surgeon, Knowles Atchison/Post Commander. Right photo (Far right) Jack Mathis/Chaplain.

Amount: $25 /Hours: 18 /Members: 7



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Public Servant Award

VFW Helotes Post 7108 recognized and presented the VFW Law Enforcement Public Servant Award to SAPD Officer Tommy Capellini on February 19, 2018 for his amazing work in Saving A Hero’s Place, Inc. which makes ‘Honor Chairs’ for fallen First Responders in San Antonio and all over the US. He received a plaque and $300 for his efforts.

Left Picture: L-R Robin Harder/Jr Vice Commander Post 7108, Officer Tommy Capellini.

Right Picture: L-R Robin Harder, Officer Tommy Capellini and Knowles Atchison/ Commander Post 7108.

Amount: $350 /Hours: 4 /Members: 2