Teamwork ~ Leadership ~ Commitment
As yesterday's defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group. Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service in the Persian Gulf, Korea, Kosovo, the war on terrorism or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns. Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace.

There are many people to thank in the historical background of Post 1008. With the various mergers over the years, it presents an interesting history.  Post 1008, founded on February 7, 1950 as Water Wonderful Post 1008.  At this point, the Post was meeting in the American Legion Hall on Paddock and Pike.

Members of VFW Post 1370 formerly met in the basement of a local bar located on Saginaw and Rapid St., owned by Paul Parks.  Several members of Post 1370 would later transfer to Post 1008 to bolster the ranks of the Post.  .

In 1964, the David Belisle Post 4102 of Drayton Plains merged with Post 1008. Stanley Stewart was the commander of Post 4102 and served as the interim commander until the post-election of 1965. The merged posts merged under the number 1008 opened on October 15th, 1967 and elected Clell L. "Mutt” Morse as its first commander.

The purchase of the current post building is a true story of dedication and faith in the importance of Post 1008.

Five members stepped forth and determined to give Post 1008 a home of its own. Clell "Mutt” Morse, George Pappas, Dixie White, Kenneth Gilmore and Robert Almas risked everything when they collateralized their homes to take a 25 year mortgage on the property at 1690 Airport Road. With the money secured, they also helped to renovate an old airframe machine shop into a rental hall and Veterans of Foreign Wars post. No member of Post 1008 will ever forget the level of commitment these individuals exhibited.

In 1993, the Post merged yet again, this time with the David Belisle Post 1008 and Heart of the Lakes (Keego Harbor) Post 2706. In a symbolic act of unification, the family of David Belisle gave permission for the name of the post to change to Heart of the Lakes to welcome the new membership from Post 2706, while keeping the Post 1008 number. The first commander of the newly unified post was Richard Coe.

Undoubtedly, many people have strived to keep Post 1008 open and thriving so that it can continue to serve the needs of our veteran community.


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As yesterday's defenders of freedom...

 ...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.

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Any Post that is in need of these funds, please start your application process now. Do not wait until the last date. The program start date is October 1st 2020. Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: Derek Blumke Sent: Friday, September 4, 2020 11:48 AM To: Derek Blumke Subject: VFW HQ LAUNCHES EMERGENCY POST GRANT PROGRAM Comrades and District Commanders, VFW National Headquarters is launching an emergency financial grant program for posts impacted by Covid-19. The program is titled the "Post Program Relief Grants, or PPRG". Please share to all Posts! These grants are targeted for Posts who own or lease properties, but we'd like to share this as widely as possible. If Posts are in need of these funds they should get their applications started and ready for submission. As you'll read below, the program formally launches on October 1st, but it states that Posts can begin their applications now. If you have any questions, the contact information for Jason Couch at VFW HQ is listed below. Sincerely, -Derek -- Derek Blumke State Adjutant & Quartermaster Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Michigan o: 517-485-9456 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ To all VFW State Departments Commanders, Senior Vice Commanders, Junior Vice Commanders, Adjutants and Quartermasters, The VFW Foundation is shifting its grant making focus for the 2021 fiscal year to provide urgently needed financial relief to VFW Posts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The VFW Foundation Post Pandemic Relief Grant (PPRG) is an opportunity for VFW Posts that own or lease their buildings to receive up to $2,500 in support toward expenses such as mortgage/rent, utility bills and property taxes. Posts will need to meet certain requirements to be eligible to receive funding from this program. PPRG applications will be accepted beginning 10/1/2020

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Congress is voting now on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022. There are two critical amendments that NEED to stay! ...

VFW Joins Other VSOs to Launch 9/11 Memorial Golf Fund

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VFW’s mission statement is: 


"to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts and to serve our veterans, the military, and our communities and advocate on behalf of all veterans.”


VFW’s mission statement is made up of 3 Components:


1.   Veteran fellowship

2.   Serve veterans

3.   Veterans’ voice

      The first component of the VFW mission statement highlights the preservation and strengthening of comradeship among its members.

      The second component of VFW’s mission statement specifies the people involved in perpetuating the memory and history of those who served with their lives and thank them for their patriotism and to help the surviving spouses and orphans.

      On the other hand, the third component VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) mission statement presents the advocacy for justice for the veterans, service members and military families on an array of issues and continues to be the voice of veterans everywhere. This is in consonance to the VFW vision statement.

     This is to preserve the memory of those who went to battle in pursuit of fighting for the rights of the people that they serve through their loyalty and love for the country. Their utmost dedication cannot  be forgotten, and it is in this light that their spouses and orphans be given the proper benefits that they truly deserve.

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