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Local VFW member gains national recognition

Local Veterans of Foreign Wars member John Mortensen has been honored for his "outstanding service" to the New Richmond Post and to the national VFW organization.

Mortensen has received word that he has been named a National Aide-de-Camp to national VFW Commander-in-Chief George Lisicki.

The honor is given to a select few VFW members who serve "above and beyond the call of duty" in the area of member recruitment and Post administration.

Mortensen has served the New Richmond Post in a number of capacities over the years, including being chair or co-chair of the pancake breakfast, serving on the Color Guard for parades and funerals, and filling the role of membership chairman.

"There are 225 members in the Post, and I've recruited many of those," he said. "I was honored to receive the Aide-de-Camp. It's nice to be recognized for the work I've done."

Mortensen has also served as the 9th District membership chairman and district quartermaster over the years.

As a National Aide-de-Camp, Mortensen is being honored for recruiting 50 or more members to the VFW. He will continue to work with the local, district and national offices on member recruitment and retention efforts.

The VFW organization was created in 1899 with 13 members, but has grown to more than 2.4 million members in 8,500 posts worldwide.

Despite the loss of many members due to death, the VFW organization continues to maintain a strong membership base, thanks to the efforts of many members like Mortensen.

Mortensen was awarded his Aide-de-Camp cap on Monday by New Richmond VFW Commander Richard Mier.