VFW seeks new members

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MANCHESTER — The Harned-Fowler Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Manchester is looking for new members.

Established in 1946, The Post was named after James P. Harned and Karvey Klapp Fowler, who were both graduates of Burr and Burton Academy — though at that time, it was Burr and Burton Seminary — who died during World War II.

According to William West, James P. Harned served in the U.S. Air Force and was a 1940 graduate of Burr & Burton Seminar. He died July 1, 1942 from malaria while being held in a prisoner of war camp in the Philippines.

West said Harvey Klapp Fowler served in the U.S. Marines and was a 1935 graduate of Burr & Burton Seminar. He was killed by mortar fire while landing on Guam in August of 1944.

The post's membership spans multiple generations. In addition to many vets from the Vietnam War and earlier conflicts, several members served in more recent conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan. The newly elected post commander is a 30-year old vet and other post officers are in their 40s and 50s.

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The post is a frequent and generous contributor to many local causes. In 2018 alone, the post provided several financial scholarships to local students, contributed to the Bart Center for Adaptive Sports (and provided a dinner for wounded vets to support their Wounded Military Heroes Weekend), and hosted a free Christmas lunch for local families. The post donated to the Vermont Veteran's Home in Bennington, the Northshire Community Food Cupboard, the Dorset Summer Lunch Program, the local Boy and Girl Scout Troops, the Manchester Youth Baseball Team, and the Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament.

Over the years, members of the post and the Auxiliary have provided thousands of hours of community service to a variety of causes.

The criteria for joining the post are simple. In order to qualify, a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard must have participated in any one of the following wars or operations: WWII, Occupation Service, Korean Service (1950-1954), Korea Duty (1955-present), Vietnam Service, Expeditionary Operations, Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay, Desert Shield/Storm, Bosnia/Kosovo, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Afghanistan (2001-present), Iraq (2003-2011), or SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia.

Relatives including spouses, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings of qualified service members are welcome to join the Post Auxiliary.

The cost of an annual membership is $32, but lifetime memberships are also available. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the post, which is located at 280 Depot St. in Manchester to discuss relevant matters and vote on various proposals.

If you would like more information about the post and what we do, please go to our Facebook page or visit our website at ManchesterVtVFW.org. If you are interested in joining, please contact post Quartermaster Tom Jackson at vtvet4vets@gmail.com. Relatives of qualified service members should contact Niki Conte at niki@northshireliving.com for more information.


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