VFW Post 7788

Travis C Kitchen VFW Post 7788

About the VFW

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) celebrates over 100 years of tradition, community service and veterans' service. In 1899, the American Veterans of Foreign Service (Columbus, Ohio) and the National Society of the Army of the Philippines (Denver, Colorado) were organized independent of each other to secure rights and benefits for veterans of the Spanish American War (1898) and the Philippines War (1899-1902). The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States came into existence when these two organizations, sharing similar ideals and requirements for membership, merged in 1914. The VFW was chartered by Congress in 1936 and continues its rich tradition in enhancing the lives of millions through its community service programs and special projects.


The VFW, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.6 million members in approximately 9,000 Posts worldwide. Our accomplishments are many, including lobbying for a GI bill for the 20th century; donating more than $1 million each to the Vietnam, Korean, Women in the Service and World War II memorials; fighting for compensation to veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome; and improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Annually, VFW members and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 13 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make a Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.

From providing $2.5 million in college scholarships to high school students every year, providing free phone cards to our nation's active-duty military personnel, raising money for the World War II memorial, to encouraging elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there--honoring the dead by helping the living.

Eligibility

Become part of the VFW family today so you can make a difference in your community tomorrow.

Thank you for your interest in the VFW, America's elite Veteran's organization comprised of combat veterans.

We are the veteran's advocate and have helped make today's veteran's benefits a reality. Your support helps us continue that path.

Membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars entitles you to a free $1,000/$1,500 personal accident protection policy; personal assistance securing government benefits and entitlements for veterans; discounts on car rentals and hotel stays; and substantial insurance discounts, including pet insurance. In addition, you also receive a free subscription to VFW Magazine and enables you to join the Pentagon Federal Credit union.

As yesterday's defenders of freedom we want to welcome today's military servicemembers into our ranks to become part of our elite group. Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service in the Persian Gulf, Korea, Kosovo, the war on terrorism or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns. Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace.

Become part of the VFW family today so you can make a difference in your community tomorrow.

Contact:


VFW Post 7788
422 Naugatuck Avenue
Devon, Connecticut 06460
Phone: 203-874-9982
info@vfw7788.org

Am I Eligible?

The fundamental difference between the VFW and other veteran organizations, and one in which we take great pride, is our eligibility qualifications.

There are three requisites for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States:


Citizenship
Honorable military service
Service entitling the applicant to the award of a recognized campaign medal or as set forth in the Congressional Charter and/or VFW bylaws.

Checking Eligibility

Checking eligibility is comparatively simple, assuming the first two requirements are met. The next step would be to check eligibility. A potential applicant must have served overseas and earned a campaign or service medal recognized by the VFW as meeting the campaign medal requisite for VFW membership. (The only exceptions are a combat action ribbon, imminent danger or hostile fire pay, or for service in Korea after June 30, 1949, until present.)

Discharges issued during and immediately after the close of World War II have a section on the back listing the medals and decorations which have been earned. Persons discharged later received a DD-214, "Report of Separation" form, which has a space showing medals and decorations.

Lost separation documents can be replaced by completing and submitting Standard Form 180, "Request Pertaining to Military Records." There is always a possibility of an omission on the separation documents. If an applicant claims entitlement to a medal which is not shown on the individual's separation papers, that person may request verification and correction of records by submitting a Standard Form 180.

The Standard Form 180 is available from any office of the Veterans Administration or by contacting our Veterans Service Officer. The form must be completed and signed by the veteran in order to receive the information requested or authorize the release of the information to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Requesting Military Records

To request your military service, medical or awards record, complete a Standard Form 180, (Request Pertaining to Military Records). All forms are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free online. Mail the form to the address listed. More information on requesting service record information is available at National Archives and Records Administration.

Military records also can be requested online at National Archives eVetRecs.

How to Join

For a limited time, new memberships are free. Returning members must enclose $35.

Once eligibility has been established, joining is easy. Click here to access a printable form or our online application. Send us your name, address, and phone number. Enclose a copy of your DD-214, service record page 4 with award, an LES with imminent danger or hostile fire pay, or other proof of eligibility.

Mail to:


VFW Post 7788
422 Naugatuck Avenue
Devon, Connecticut 06460
Phone: 203-874-9982
info@vfw7788.org


Thank you for your service and welcome to the VFW.

Benefits

Besides the camaraderie and patriotism that you'll experience as a VFW member, these are some of the tangible benefits you will enjoy.

Subscription to VFW Magazine

with free listings of reunions and claims. The award winning VFW Magazine is a monthly publication that keeps you up to date on veterans related news as well as issues of national scope.

Access to VFW Credit Union

All members and their families are eligible for low interest loans, and other benefits through the credit union.

VFW Insurance programs

A multitude of medical, dental, auto and other types of insurance polices are available through the VFW Insurance Department.

VFW Travel Services

Services include special rates on air fares, hotels, car rentals and more.

VFW Visa® Card

A card that offers no annual fee and low variable rates.

Voluntary Member Benefits

Discounts on moving services, the AMOCO Motor Club, prescription drugs, medical supplies, vitamins.

VFW's Purchase Power

A program that provides discounts on all major household purchases.

Join Today

VFW Application

Apply to become a member of the VFW

Please download and print the PDF application (click on image at left), complete and mail back to:

VFW Post 7788

422 Naugatuck Avenue

Devon, CT 06460

Or complete the online version of the form and hit submit. Please note that you will still need to send your application fee via snail mail to the address above.

 

Apply to the VFW Post 7788 Today!

Notices & Events

Board of Directors' Meeting 7:00pm on the 1st Monday of the Month

Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Member Meetings 7:00pm on the 3rd Monday of the Month

Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Auxiliary Meetings 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month

Please mark your calendars accordingly.

BINGO

 

VFW POST 7788 BINGO EVERY THURSDAY.
Doors open at 5:30 PM, Games begin at 6:45 PM. Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Grilled Cheese, Soda and Chips available for purchase. We always need volunteers to help sell tickets, cook, serve and clean up. Contact Jim Hessberger to sign up.

Sunday Breakfast At the POST

Combo available $8.00

Fourth Sunday of each month from 8:30am to 11:00am (5/26/19, 6/23/19, 7/28/19)


Eggs or Pancakes, Sausage or Bacon, Hash Browns, Toast, Orange Juice, Coffee or Tea

Bring your friends

FACEBOOK PAGES

We now have Facebook pages for the Post and the Ladies' Auxiliary. Following are the links.

Post

AUX

However, you can use the Facebook search and type in "vfw post 7788" or "auxiliary" and bring the pages up in the search results

DAY FOR A VET

Sunday, May 5th 2019 12:00pm


Our annual "Day for a Vet" luncheon will take place on Sunday, May 5th at 12:00 noon in the upstairs Hall.


We always need donations of time to help set up and clean up, as well as donations of items to place in the goody bags (especially word search puzzle books, crosswords puzzle books, etc.)


Poppy Drives

The Post will be selling poppies in front of ShopRite on Boston Post Road, Saturday, May 11th.


There will be a sign-up sheet in the Canteen for volunteers to man the table in 2 hour shifts.


The Auxiliary will be selling poppies in front of Stop & Shop at 855 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford on Sunday and Monday, May 26th and 27th. There will also be a sign-up sheet for this function in the Canteen.


Annual Family Outing

Sunday May 19th , 2019 from 11am to 6pm


Liver Bacon & Onions, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chili, Corn on the Cob, Salads, soda and FREE Draft Beer. Music & Dancing, Horseshoes, and more!!

Tickets will be on sale at the Canteen. $20.00 per person, (children 12 and under are FREE). Bring your Family and Friends and enjoy the day at our VFW Pavilion and Picnic Grounds. Come hungry we will have plenty of good food. Cash Bar available.


Gas & Grocery Drawing!


For additional information contact Missy McGeough on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evening at the VFW (203-874-9982) after 6:00 pm.

Memorial Day Weekend

Saturday, May 25th 2019


On Saturday, May 25, at 8:00 AM, we will be placing flags on the graves of veterans buried in Kings Highway cemetery on Cherry Street.


Sunday, May 26 at 10:00 am, the Post will participate in wreath laying ceremonies starting at the Dough Boy Monument in front of City Hall, then proceeding to the Green. The Post and Auxiliary will then proceed to Milford Harbor to place a wreath in the water in memory of all those lost at sea.


The City of Milford will celebrate Memorial Day with a parade on Sunday, May 26th.


The parade will line up at Watson Field behind the Parson Complex. Step off is at 2:00 PM. with the parade route proceeding down River Street to the Milford Green.

State Convention

Friday, June 7th-9th 2019


Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary Sate Convention.


For online room reservations, visit their website at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/VFW


or call the hotel directly at (860) 257-6000. Be sure to mention "Veterans of Foreign Wars convention" to get the special rate.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

The post flag retirement will take place on June 14th at 9:00am at the Post. We could use a few volunteers to help with the preparations.


Contact Post for details. 203-874-9982)

120th VFW National Convention

Orlando, Fla., has been selected to host the 120th VFW National Convention, July 20-24, 2019.


Orlando is the perfect destination thanks to incredible diversity that ensures an unforgettable vacation filled with unique experiences for every visitor. For instance, if thrill-seeking is your style, you won't be able to get enough of our theme parks, water parks and attractions, but there's a lot more for you to discover, including dining, shopping, ecotourism and more. See everything Orlando has to offer.


Every year, thousands of VFW and Auxiliary delegates gather to represent the organization's total membership of more than 1.6 million at the weeklong convention. While there, our mission is to approve new national priorities to guide our organization as we lobby Congress on issues important to the nation's veterans, service members and their families.


Convention delegates also elect new leadership, as well as recognize prominent individuals and organizations for their support of veterans and military personnel.


VFW National Convention housing is now open. Hotel rooms book quickly so make your reservation today.

Annual Golf Outing Coming up

Monday, September 9th


At Fairchild Wheeler.

Post Officers

VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Commander

Commander

Joe Razzaia
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Senior Vice Commander

Senior Vice Commander

Tim Mead
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Junior Vice Commander

Junior Vice Commander

Bob Raynor
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Quartermaster

Quartermaster

Jim Hessberger
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Adjutant

Adjutant

Tim Mead
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Chaplain

Chaplain

Al Carlson

VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Judge Advocate

Judge Advocate

Greg Smith
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Officer of the Day

Officer of the Day

Archie Fogler
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Surgeon

Surgeon

Jim Goldstein
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Service Officer

Service Officer

Jose Canas
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Trustee

Trustee

Don Lareue (1yr)
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Trustee

Trustee

Bob Paddock (2yr)

VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Trustee

Trustee

Ed Doran (3yr)
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Board of Director Chairman

Board of Director Chairman

Jim Killeen
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Canteen

Canteen

Jim Hessberger
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Canteen

Canteen

Jim Killeen
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Canteen

Canteen

Bob Raynor
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Permittee

Permittee

Melissa McGeough

VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Bingo

Bingo

Jim Hessberger
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Building and Grounds

Building and Grounds

Al Carlson
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Building and Grounds

Building and Grounds

John Flansburg
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Building and Grounds

Building and Grounds

Dan Gregory
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Budget of Finance

Budget of Finance

Greg Smith
VFW 7788 Milford/Devon CT Budget of Finance

Budget of Finance

Jim Hessberger
Main Hall, Canteen Hall or Picnic Grounds Rental

Call Canteen at (203) 874-9982

Mon-Fri - after 2pm
Sat-Sun - after 12pm
Canteen Hours

Sun - 12pm - 11pm
Mon/Tues - 2pm - 11pm
Wed/Thur - 2pm - 12am
Fri - 2pm - 1am
Sat - 12pm - 12am
Bingo

Every Thursday Night!

at the VFW Hall.
Doors Open: 5:30pm
Games Start: 6:45pm
Pot Luck Dinners

Missy's Pot Luck Dinners

Every Monday and Tuesday
from 4:30pm til the food is gone.