Letters to the Editor for March 12


The Role of the VFW

To the Editor:

The VFW is the largest and oldest war veterans service organization. We have a long and proven history of providing vital assistance and support to America's service members, veterans and their families. Fighting for veterans' benefits on Capitol Hill, to financial grants, transition support and educational scholarships, we're there to ensure current and former service members receive the benefits for their needs to pursue a quality life.

The Estherville VFW got their Charter October 17th, 1935. The VFW has served 85 years in the Estherville area, serving veterans and their families. VFW has played a big role in the community, serving the citizens of Estherville and being a pillar of the community. The Estherville VFW was once known as one of the nicest VFW in the State of Iowa. They also held the state convention in this very place. Today the Estherville VFW is the largest post in District 10 and the 11th largest in the state of Iowa. Our goals at the VFW post 3388 is to build a better America for everyone and to be a pillar of our community by offering hope for a better tomorrow and helping those individuals that are going through difficult times.

Members of our post are striving and working with other community to ensure that people in our communities are provided a safe and healthy environment for all. The one important role that VFW post 3388 did in the last two years was working with churches by offering free monthly meals at the VFW for all families and individuals that want to come just for a night and families in need and those that are facing hardship-it doesn't matter of race or religion.

The VFW in the last few years has improved the looks of the Honor Guards uniform through donations of one and the VFW. The honor guard is made up of the VFW, American Legion and VFW Auxiliary members. The mission of the Honor Guard is to provide funeral honors and assistance to all veterans and their families during their time of need. To recognize and to bring closure for the families that have lost a loved one that served this country.

The VFW set up an honor room to display all names of all wars going back to World War I, that have given the ultimate sacrifice in Emmet County. We can never forget what these men and women gave to protect the freedom that we all enjoy today. That's why we have it on display to show and to educate people that Freedom is not free, and their loss has affected many families in this county.

The VFW hires people in the community with handicaps to give them a chance to feel like they are part of the community. By giving them a job bring a smile to their face and that's what it's all about to bring hope to many.

The VFW plays a big role for veterans, their families and to the community and we want Estherville to strive now and for the future. The VFW is here now and wants to help Estherville strive for betterment within the community.

Remember we are volunteers.

Mike Dalen,


Celebrating WA?TAN?YE Week

As members of the Estherville WA TAN YE Club celebrate WA TAN YE Week March 8 through March 14, we would like to thank the Estherville Community for supporting our major fund raisers the Vendor/Craft held the first Saturday of November and our Nut sales. Without your generous support, our club would not have had the opportunity to fulfill our motto "Service Foremost" as we support our libraries, education and local community activities. We have displays in the window of Don Jose and at the display case outside the caf at the Estherville Public Library.

Jan Lange and Grace Spalding,

cochairs WA TAN YE week.


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