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Americanism versus Patriotism

According to the Collins English Dictionary, Americanism is:  1) a custom, linguistic usage or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of the United States, its people or their culture; 2) loyalty to the United States, its people, customs, etc.  Patriotism, on the other hand, is defined as love and loyal or zealous support of one’s…
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PREVENTS – REACH to those in need

On March 5, 2019, the President signed Executive Order 13681, The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS).  The objective of this task force is to develop a comprehensive roadmap for a holistic approach to suicide prevention and change the culture around mental health for Veterans and the nation.…
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First Marine Corps Mascot

United States Marine Corps Mascot

Mascots have been used throughout history to represent the spirit and character of a group of people.  Not to be outdone, the United States Marine Corps adopted the bulldog as its mascot on June 27, 1927. Brigadier General Smedley Butler enlisted Jiggs into the Marine Corps as a Sergeant in 1922.  Sergeant Jiggs starred in…
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sosus network | cape hatteras lighthouse

First Soviet Nuclear Submarine Detected in 1962

On June 26, 1962, the first detection of a Soviet nuclear submarine occurred by signals processed at Naval Facility (NAVFAC) Cape Hatteras from the SOSUS network.  This momentous event started as a tasking to scientists and engineers to study anti-submarine warfare with a primary task to develop detection of Soviet submarines.  The extensive SOSUS (Sound…
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Penny War flyer

What is a Penny War?

A Penny War is a fundraising tool in which everyone can participate. The VFW Post 3904 Penny War is a fundraising contest between the six branches whose members can be eligible for the Veterans of Foreign Wars – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.  The winning branch will get bragging rights.…
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Voice of Democracy winner

VFW Scholarship Program – Voice of Democracy

Continuing our series on VFW Scholarship Programs, the Voice of Democracy is an audio essay contest established in 1947 for students in grades 9 through 12.  The student who wins this competition receives a $30,000 scholarship from the National VFW along with scholarship at the Post, District and State levels. Voice of Democracy As with…
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patriot's pen

VFW Scholarship Programs – Patriot’s Pen

I get asked by many if the VFW offers scholarship opportunities – the answer is a resounding YES! The VFW Scholarship competitions are currently in progress, please check back towards the end of the 2019-2020 school year for next year’s competition’s information.  The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed Patriot’s Pen and Voice…
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Bugler playing Taps

Origins of Taps

While many stories and legends say otherwise, the origin of ‘Taps’ begins in July 1862 at Harrison’s Landing in Virginia by Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield, Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, during the American Civil War. Dissatisfied with the customary firing of three rifle volleys at the…
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VFW, Senate Leaders Key in Axing Widow’s Tax in New NDAA

‘This is a momentous victory for the more than 65,000 military spouse who endured the tragic loss of their husband or wife who paid the ultimate sacrifice’ WASHINGTON – After a nearly half-century long fight, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and its veterans service and survivor organization partners claimed victory with the termination of the…
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