Charles Town, WV
Veteran & Miliatary Service Programs
Welcome To VFW Post 3522's Home Page
VFW National Military Services (NMS) promotes positive awareness of the VFW through community involvement, communication tools, and financial support to qualified military service members. With the variety of support offered, three separate programs were developed under the VFW National Military Services department. These programs are the Operation Uplink, Military Assistance Program, and Unmet Needs.
VFW started Operation Uplink in 1996 to connect deployed and hospitalized service members with their families through free phone calls. In 2004 VFW began providing Free Call Days twice a month to service members deployed abroad. Since then Free Call Days have provided service members with more than 4 million free phone calls home.
The Military Assistance Program (MAP) is the VFW's most direct connection between military units and Posts at the local level. Through MAP Posts have held going away, welcome home events, and unit picnics for numerous military units. In the last 5 years MAP has helped Posts host more than 1 million service members and their families. The Adopt-a-Unit program also falls under MAP and connects military units around the world with a local Post that can offer resources and support.
The National Veterans Services exist to assist veterans in dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is usually in the form of providing advice and assistance to veterans filing disability claims for pensions, but can also come in the form of advice filing for VA home loans, education benefits, small business loans, or filling out other VA forms. VFW National Veterans Services can offer guidance to veterans wishing to file their own claims, or full-on support preparing, submitting, and tracking the progress of a claim. VFW Service Officers can also help veterans or surviving spouses resubmit denied claims or file a Notice of Disagreement as well as simply answer questions regarding medical, death/burial, and other miscellaneous benefits.
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Latest Post News
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December 27, 2013
Toni Milbourne - Chronicle Editor , Shepherdstown Chronicle
Toys for Tots has become synonymous with Christmas and the train logo has made many appearances in the Eastern Panhandle. The program began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, collected 5,000 toys in Los Angeles during a campaign before Christmas. The program was so successful, the United States Marine Corps adopted it the following year...
Toys for Tots strong in Panhandle
Childrens Christmas Party
Charles Town, WV - VFW Post 3522
Thanks to the hard work of the Ladies Auxiliary this years childrens party was a huge hit! There were lots of games, food, presents, and candy to keep the kids busy. We also enjoyed a visit by a certain red nosed reindeer and snowman. Hope we see you there next year!
Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon
December 12, 2013
Junior Vice Commander Byron Royal spoke with West Virginia House Delegate Stephen Skinner about his concern for and work on behalf of Veterans in the Eastern Panhandle.
Left to Right Junior Vice Royal & Delegate Skinner
November 20, 2013
Charles Town, WV - VFW Post 3522
We were very happy to host VFW Commander-In-Chief William A. "Bill" Thien. During his speech, Commander Thien placed emphasis on membership and working with the local community.
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Article about Commander Thien's visit featured in The Journal
Cannons and CVB join forces to better community
January 30, 2014
By Mary Stortstrom - Journal Staff Writer (email@example.com) , journal-news.net
Juvenile Drug Court participants meet veterans
November 17, 2013
By Toni Milbourne , The Shepherdstown Chronicle
CHARLES TOWN - Youth members of the Jefferson County Juvenile Drug Court program met at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Charles Town Thursday evening for dinner in honor of Veteran's Day.
Panhandle ceremonies pay tribute to those who answered the call to serve
By Richard F. Belisle/Staff Writer
Jefferson County Veterans Day ceremony
Byron Royal, junior vice commander of Charles Town (W.Va.) Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 3522, introduces U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who was the featured speaker at Monday's Veterans Day program in Charles Town.
CHARLES TOWN - The Charles Town Cannons baseball team has a new teammate: the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Annette Gavin, CEO of the CVB, made a presentation to the team's board of directors at its Wednesday evening meeting detailing the CVB's sponsorship. Gavin presented the board with a check in the amount of $1,500, funded by a community partnership grant. Read Full Story Here
Charles Town Cannons Meetings Held At The VFW
VFW Mid-Winter Conference
February 1, 2014
By Byron Royal - Junior Vice Commander
With a large number of members from West Virgina, Virginia, and national headquarters, this years Mid-Winter Conference was a great success!
Two days of meetings and conferences provided an excellent forum for planning and strategies for the upcoming year. All meetings and workshops are open to any member who wishes to participate.
Our hospitality room and the banquet was enjoyed by all.
Scout Pack 6 Meets VFW Post 3522 Honor Guard To Learn Flag Etiquette
February 21, 2014
By Byron Royal - Junior Vice Commander
We had a great meeting with the Tiger and Wolf dens from Cub Scout Pack 6 on Wednesday February 20th at 7 P.M. at Charles Town VFW Post 3522. During the meeting we went over the history of the pledge of allegiance and how it has changed over the years from its original version. We spoke about the significance of the different parts of the pledge. Then we joined together to say the pledge of allegiance. All of the Scouts had a chance to practice folding the flag with members of the post Honor Guard. The Scouts learned about the symbolic significance of the 13 steps to folding the flag. We went over flag etiquette including the proper use and display of the flag. The honor guard described the ceremony performed to properly retire the flag when it no longer suitable for display. We talked about ships in the US Navy that were named after the state of West Virginia. Finally the Scouts had a chance to talk with the honor guard veterans and ask them questions about their service.
VFW Post 3522 Honor Guard present were Capt. Byron Royal, Ssg. Adam Solich, Sgt. Daniel Holtz, and Bill Wilson.
Runners are invited to race where the cars do during the inaugural VFW Honor Guard Run at Summit Point Motorsports Park on March 8, 2014. A 2.5, 5 and 10K are scheduled. “The 2.5 is more of a ‘fun run’,” describes Byron Royal, VFW Post 3522’s Junior Vice Commander and the Run’s organizer. “Those doing the 5 and 10K will actually begin at the same time. Because of this, there will be a mix of speeds and more people at the starting line. It’s a cool concept.”
Royal, a runner himself, believes that holding the event at Summit Point will not only draw seasoned racers, but amateurs as well. “Since it’s on a closed course, there isn’t law enforcement closing off intersections or a time constraint,” he says. “If people want to walk the whole time, they can. It’s less intimidating.”
February 23, 2014
By Dawn Nolan - Spotlight West Virginia (firstname.lastname@example.org) @dawnmnolan
The APUS Volunteer Warriors 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament for Relay for Life will be held at the Ranson Civic Center on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. This event is closed to persons under 18 years of age.
If you would like to register to play in the tournament or have questions regarding this information, please contact Teresa Williams at email@example.com or 304-728-1486. Thank you in advance for your support of the APUS Volunteer Warriors Relay for Life Team!
3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament for Relay for Life