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Local veterans recognized for efforts to rebuild and revitalize VFW Post #2243


November 9, 2017

Dakota Kuhns/Western Nebraska Observer

Kimball VFW leaders Brian Howard, Andy Bremer and Butch Nitz showcase the recognition received for the efforts made to rebuild and revitalize the local Veterans of Foreign War Post #2243.

Kimball's Veterans of Foreign War post #2243 was recently named an All American Post and so honored at the National Convention, on July 22-27 in New Orleans, for their outstanding activity and growth, according to John Liebsack, Adjutant / Quartermaster for the State of Nebraska Veterans of Foreign War.

"There was just a huge community effort headed by Andy (Bremer)," Liebsack said. "We came out here thinking we would find three or four new members, but it is now at 20 and growing."

Liebsack added that a post has a 1/1,000 chance of being named an All-American Post. Criteria for the recognition includes: the post must have a minimum of one entry advanced to District Judging for the Voice of Democracy contest, the Patriot's Pen contest and the National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

Additionally, a minimum of five Buddy Poppies must be sold per member and a fundraiser must be held to benefit the National Military Services. A Post Service Officer must be appointed and membership must increase a certain amount through the year.

Because the local post was named All American, Commander Andy Bremer will be awarded a white hat for this significant achievement, but the award goes, not just to the Commander, but the entire local post, which was in the top 35 in membership growth throughout the year.

In addition to the recognition given to Post #2243, Joyce Witt was named outstanding District President of the Auxiliary.


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