Green awarded high VFW honor
In addition to being honored as the top VFW post in the state, a member of VFW Post 10818 in New Richmond has also been awarded the title of National Deputy Chief of Staff by the National VFW organization, based in Kansas City, Mo.
Dave Green, commander of the local post, was notified of his appointment in early November.
"I was literally stunned," he said. "I thought someone was pulling my leg a bit."
The announcement came in the form of a letter from Allen "Gunner" Kent, the VFW's adjutant general.
It's a bit unclear as to what it means to be a National Deputy Chief of Staff; however, Green said he plans to take the new job very seriously.
"It's a pretty high award," he said. "It's very high on the national level."
Green said he was nominated by Wisconsin's state commander.
"Basically they're recognizing me for my recruiting and encouraging me to continue," he said. "Part of that will be starting a new post somewhere in northwest Wisconsin."
Green said it's clear that the leaders at the national level approve of the way New Richmond Post 10818 has been operating.
"We've stayed with the basics and true to what the VFW stands for," he said. "We've done that all along."
Earlier this year the local post was awarded a long list of accolades, including the "All State Team" award, which recognizes the top post in the state.
"The VFW does a lot in the community," Green said. "I don't think a lot of people understand what the VFW does."
Some of those programs, including VFW Post 10818's "Welcome Home Program," a program whose mission is to "welcome home" all veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and all other conflicts around the world, and the seminar on "Suicide Prevention" are things Green said he'd like to implement nationwide.
"This position gives me an opportunity to implement some of these ideas into the guidelines of the VFW," he said.
Green said he joined the VFW about 18 years ago after being recruited by John Mortensen. He said he wasn't very active with the organization until recently, after retiring from his two jobs.
"I retired and had some extra time," he said. "Some of the guys talked me into being commander and now I'm going on my second year."
Green, a Vietnam veteran, said the VFW is the largest combat veterans organization in the world and is only open to the combat veterans.
"I feel very fortunate and a responsibility to help some of those guys who are having problems," he said.
Last summer Green said he was contacted by a Star Prairie woman whose brother, a Georgia resident, was going through a rough time.
"I contacted the VFW in his hometown and we were able to get him into a shelter and get him a job," Green said. "That's what the VFW does. We work together as one big team."
Recently, VFW Post 10818 stopped at all of the area nursing homes to visit with the veteran residents there.
"That gets you right in the heart," he said. "It's something I want to do on a national level and will be one of my top priorities as deputy chief of staff."
Green said some of the veterans they visited were surprised to see the VFW members. The staff at the homes often told the VFW members that it was the most they had heard some of the nursing home residents speak.
"It just goes to show you that a vet will talk to a vet more than anyone else," Green said.
The VFW meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. The entrance to their office space is on the west side of the Community Commons building, 421 S. Green Ave. For more information, contact the VFW at 715-246-0026 or email@example.com.