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Commander Ray Lopez
September has become a month of remembrance. I want to encourage you to take a moment and reflect on the significance of Sept. 11, which marks the anniversary where our nation collectively held its breath in shock, and unified over grief and resolve for justice. Many of our members were children during this tragedy in 2001, while others were already retired from military service. In either case, you all answered the call to show up, no matter the cost, when your nation asked you, and I thank you. I hope the anniversary of Sept. 11 brings us closer together in the memory of those we lost, and reflect on the American resolve to never back down from injustice against our people.
Further, Sept. 15 is National POW/MIA Day. This day we take another pause to honor those who never came home, and were prisoners of war during their service. Together, we remember them.
I hope to see you at our annual Fall Conference in Flint, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Fall conference is a highlight for me because distance forces many of us to only see each other a few times per year. I'm excited to greet you as we convene to support each other in a common goal, to serve our veteran and family community.
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Its about connecting to our community and connecting to our fellow comrades
Your VFW can be whatever you want it to be, it is a direct reflection of its leadership and membership. Any VFW will welcome any veteran who wants to make a difference.
We can heal the wounds in our veteran community by banding together in solidarity. We have veterans dying from toxic exposure, suicide, improper medical, and other veterans lost without a place to go. The VFW is that place, and we need to band together and use legislative advocacy to change things. We need all of the veteran community, not just one era of veterans.