The definition of a veteran is not someone currently serving in the military. He or she is called a veteran when they have finished their active-duty commitment. Thank you for your service … from young and old is a very humbling surprise, whether it be a student letter, a stranger voicing those words or a spontaneous group cheer at an airport arrival gate. Or in my case, a flight arrival after a surgery in a wheelchair being pushed by flight personnel off the plane, through the air terminal all the way to my car. My wife followed with our miniature schnauzer in a wheelchair she brought to meet me. The last thing they said as the loaded into my car was “thank you for your service.”

The VFW Post 966 was closed to members and the public when a car crashed into the back of the building. The VFW state commander responded by meeting to offer repair help. In the meantime, the COVID virus precluded any repair activity. The Oregon VFW posts have been closed. I have continued service by telephone and have maintained the building. A community volunteer has maintained the grounds.

When military individuals leave the military after 4, 6, 10 years or a career, they are advised about their benefits … education, employment and medical. They don’t listen and/or attend separation information meetings. All they think about is getting out of uniform and going to see their loved ones i.e. wife, children, girlfriend and families. They don’t realize their free VA medical benefits that they are entitled to.

Act immediately to get medical information by December 3, provided by Derek Stapley, managing partner-senior consultant,

Apex Insurance Group

980 SW 6th Street, Suite 20

Grants Pass, Oregon 97526

Telephone: 541-291-4867. Email:

The 2020 plan highlights “Boost your VA coverage with regence valiance.”

Frederick L. Bremer

VFW Post 955 commander


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