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VFW Post 10427

Commander - Terry craig
Quartermaster - danny soles
Service Officer - DAVED LEATON

The VFW Post 10427 of Leander Texas works very hard to up hold all that it means to be a member of the VFW.  For the Good of the Order the men and woman of the VFW Post 10427 join in with the community to support our active and returned troops helping in any way that we can.  We should never have to be reminded that we are members of the United States Of America and what it means.  There many reason to be Thankful for!  Lift your head and stand proud and join this wonderful network.

  Don't forget to tell them Thank You!

  Here is some history that will help you understand   
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves. 

In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000. 

Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty servicemembers, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November, 2010.

Annually, the 2.1 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary contribute more than 11 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast.
And he sat around the VFW telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he had fought in the deeds that had done. In his exploits with his with his buddies; they were heroes, everyone.
and 'tho sometimes. to his neighbors, his tales became a joke, all his buddies listened for they knew whereof he spoke. 
But we'll hear his tales no longer, for ol' Bob has passes away, and the world's a little poorer. for a Soldier died today.
No, he won't be mourned by many, just his children and his wife.  For he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, quietly going on his way, and the world won't note his passing, 'tho a Soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state, while thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories, from the time that they were young, but the passing of a soldier, goes unnoticed, and unsung. 
Is the greatest contribution, to the welfare of our land, some jerk who breaks his promise and sons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife, goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
The politician's stipend and the style in which he lives, are sometimes disproportionate, to the service he gives. 
while the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all, is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small.
It's so easy to forget them, for it is so long ago, that our Bobs and Jim's and Johnny's, went to battle, but we know.
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys, who for us the freedom, that our Country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with you enemies at hand, would you really want some cop-out, with his ever waffling stand?
Or would you want a Soldier, who has sworn to defend, his home, his kin, and Country, and would fight until the end?
He was just a common Soldier and his ranks are growing thin, but his presence should remind us, we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the Soldier's part, is to clean up all the troubles, that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor, while he's here to hear the praise, then at least let's give him homage. at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline, in the paper that might say:


Vietnam 50 years!  City of Leander and VFW Post 10427 celebrating and fund raising for the Memorial Park that is to be built in Leander.  

Marine Cor auction and benefit.

Remembering our fallen and supporting new life!  Are just few of the things Post 10427 of the Veterans of Foreign War do!
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