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April 2024 E-Newsletter

Apr 25, 2024 | Newsletter

April 2024 E-Newsletter

Narrows Bridge VFW Post 10018

4741 N. Baltimore St.

Tacoma, WA  98407

(253) 759-0817

Elections for Post Officers

Elections were held at the April 3rd meeting. Members that were elected to leadership positions are:

  • Post Commander Juanita Garcia
  • Duties: Preside over all meetings of the Post. Insist that all Post activities are conducted in accordance with current laws. Approve disbursement of Post funds. Assure the Post is represented at all District Conventions and County Council meetings. Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.
  • Senior Vice Commander Bob Wangen
  • Duties: Preside in the absence of the Commander. Oversee the Membership program of the Post, and the Buddy Poppy program,
  • Junior Vice Commander Jason Fox
  • Duties: Preside in the absence of the Commander and Sr Vice Commander. Oversee the Voice of Democracy program.
  • Quartermaster David Cratsenberg
  • Duties: Collect all monies due the Post. Accountable Officer of the Post and Treasurer of all committees handling funds. Disburse funds as authorized. Receive Membership dues and forward to Department/National Headquarters. Reconcile and verify all transactions listed on bank statements.
  • Adjutant Joshiko Marinko
  • Duties: Official corresponding officer for the Post. Maintain Membership records for the Post.
  • Chaplain Paul McMichael
  • Duties: Perform duties as assigned.
  • Judge Advocate – Vacant
  • Duties: Perform duties as assigned.
  • Surgeon – Vacant
  • Duties: Perform duties as assigned.
  • Trustee (Three positions) – Kurt Trettin, Al Schwietzer, Larry Carnes
  • Duties: Review the Monthly Report of Receipts and Expenditures of the Post Quartermaster. Perform a quarterly audit of the records of the Post Quartermaster. Submit a quarterly Report of Audit to the Department Inspector.

Do you do volunteer work for the VFW or in the community?

We need you to report the hours that you spend volunteering. We report this to the VFW Department office.

To report this work call or text Larry Carnes at (253) 471-9638

St. Patrick’s Day Party

March 17, 2024

The Narrows Bridge Post celebrated St. Patty’s Day in style! Of course, there was green beer, along with corn beef and cabbage with a variety of sides and desserts. With plenty to eat and drink and multiple raffles throughout the day, everyone had a wonderful time.

Erin go Bragh!

VFW National Day of Service

Saturday, May 4th is the VFW National Day of Service

The Narrows Bridge Post will be upgrading Baltimore Park (across the street, behind the Senior Center) from Noon to 4:00 by refreshing the mulch around the trees and along the path. Tacoma Metro Parks is providing all materials and tools.

We need volunteers for this project.

There are sign up sheets in the Canteen.

Our veterans need our help!

Many times this help is provided by a Veterans Service Officer (VSO). VFW Accredited Veteran Service Officers are located at the Department Headquarters in Fife, but the local Post is supposed to have a local Veterans Service Officer to assist their members. If you are interested in serving in this capacity and assisting veterans with their Veteran Administration claims, contact us at [email protected]

As a Post Service Officer you do not have to be an VFW Accredited Service Officer, but can assist the veteran is completing the initial paperwork and turn it over to the Accredited Service Officer at the Department headquarters in Fife.

VFW Accredited Service Officers are trained experts, helping veterans develop their case with ease by reviewing and applying current law, pertinent legislation, regulations and medical histories. As skilled professionals, we assist in filing for disability compensation, rehabilitation and education programs, pension and death benefits, and employment and training programs. Furthermore, they won’t hesitate to request hearings before the VA and the Board of Veterans Appeals to present oral arguments when needed.

VFW Accredited Service Officers are with America’s veterans every step of the way once they’re ready to file a claim. This is a service the VFW is proud to offer — FREE OF CHARGE — to anyone seeking assistance with the claims process.

For more information on Veteran Service Officers, click here – https://www.benefits.va.gov/vso/


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