VFW receives national community service award

VFW Post 6683 Commander Otis Smith displays the chapter’s National Outstanding Community Service Award.

The 2018-2019 National Outstanding Community Service Award was presented to the The John Wiley Brock VFW Post 6683 by VFW Post 6683 Commander Otis Smith at the quarterly military affairs event held at the post on Sept. 25.

“You know we recently had our national VFW convention in Orlando and I’m proud to say that this post was recognized for its outstanding community service and received the award for the year 2018-2019 from the national VFW headquarters,” Otis Smith said. “I’d also like to put a plug in for the people who did all the hard work behind that (award). One of them—and not because she’s my wife—but because she’s the senior vice commander, Pamela Smith working with Nancy Rathburn along with the junior vice commander Randy Black and some other people here in our organization putting all that stuff together.”

VFW Post 6683 Senior Vice Commander Pamela Smith said that the post holds community clean up days, visits veterans at the VA hospital, donate clothes and food and hold fund raisers to help struggling veterans pay utility bills as just a few ways to help local veterans.

She noted that after Hurricane Michael last year, the post also helped with removing debris and trees.

She said that the things Post 6683 does for the community comes from the love the post has for the community and that winning an award is just the icing on the cake.

“I just love helping veterans, our folks love veterans and that’s really what it’s all about and we happened to get an award for it,” Pamela Smith said.

She thanked the community for all its help with the various projects that the post takes on.

“When they see us out there doing the work, the community dives in as well,” Pamela Smith said. “After a while, you have not just us (VFW Post 6683) helping but the community helping and wanting to help. A lot of times they’ll come to us and ask us how they can help and it’s great that everybody is involved.”

Pamela Smith said she’s excited about the future of Post 6683.

“I’m just very excited about our post and our means for us to do bigger and better as the years go (by) and I want us to grow and people to come join us,” Pamela Smith said.

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