Community Service is an integral part of why the VFW Exists. Community service includes Veterans Service, Legislative Action, Community Service, Youth Development, Americanism, Safety, Homeless Vets, and POW/MIA.
To those ends, VFW Post 2503 garnered recognition by receiving the VFW National Community Service award for 2008-2009. Here are some of the community and Post activities that contribute to our legacy of volunteer service to veterans and giving to our community.
The VFW Post 2503 Honor Guard formed in 1970 and supports between 200 to 360 veterans funeral services each year as well as dozens of community service functions such as Parades, Memorial Services, Posting of the Colors at community functions, school graduations, athletic competitions and a myriad of other activities. The Honor Guard has supported over 7,000 funerals for deceased veterans.
Ladies Auxiliary members from Post 2503 completed a variety of morale building activities to support troops in combat areas during 2008 and 2009 among a variety of community service functions that they complete . They also contribute funds to community needs such as CASA.
The VFW Sewing Group provided lap robes, hats, neck pillows, wheelchair bags and bibs for the Nebraska VA homes and for Post members. They also maintain over 80 nine foot flags for the Post.
Each year VFW Post 2503 supports the 'BUDDY POPPY' Program. This program is designed to benefit the needs of disabled veterans and those of the widows and orphans of our deceased veterans.
Post 2503 supports area high school Junior ROTC programs. The Post facilities were made available to the Benson High school JROTC for a Pancake Breakfast to provide funds to send the JROTC Drill team to the Regional Championships in Texas.
In 2008, Motorcycle Riders from Post 2503 held fundraiser rides to raise monies for Camp-A-Vet. In 2009, the VFW Riders held a fundraiser bike show to raise funds for The Wounded Warrior Project.
Post 2503 supported 'The Lost Brothers Run'. A Veterans Memorial Run sponsored by the Vietnam/Legacy M/C. In November 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Vietnam/Legacy M/C held their 'Lost Brothers Run' from Post 2503 to Mount Hope Cemetery. The Post 2503 Honor Guard provided military honors with three volleys and the playing of 'TAPS'.
In March 2009 and 2010, Post 2503 hosted the Omaha Area Bikers annual Wild Game/Fish Fry and smoked meat feed for Spina Bifida Kids.
Duke Humphrey hosts a 'Classic Car Show each week from March through October to raise funds to support Post 2503.
Post members volunteer much of their time to support food nights and Omelet Breakfasts to provide services to members and raise funds for the Post.
Post members hold Easter, Halloween and Christmas Parties for children.
Sharon Cooper manages Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen competitions and invited 89 schools in Omaha and the surrounding area to participate.
These are but some of the many activities that Post members engage in to service veterans and our community. We welcome your participation in the volunteer efforts needed to support veterans and our community. Won't you help us by becoming a volunteer or joining the VFW? Contact Commander Ron Brown at the 'Contact Us' page on this site.