Attention Milan Area Veterans

by Michael E. Van Wasshnova, Guest Contributor
Probably the best kept secret in Milan is the fact that there is actually a Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post in town. After reading the article about Andrew “Drew” Cummings, I was prompted to write to inform others there is indeed a Milan Post.
The George A. Falk Post 5977 of the VFW was formed on 18 February 1987. The State Commander at the time was Irving Wendt who installed the officers of the new post. Most of the members were World War II veterans with a few Viet Nam veterans, of which I am one. Many of those World War II veterans were members of the previous VFW Post in Milan. That post was closed down for lack of support and moved to Hamburg, Michigan. Those same veterans wanted to be sure the new post would survive much longer.
For over 15 years the George A. Falk Post hosted dinners, marched in parades, sponsored Little League teams, donated to area charities and hosted Bingo parties at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital. Members also participated as Color Guards in military funerals of our members and members of other posts. The post members were very active!
As those World War II veterans aged and passed on, the post lost many of its most active members, my dad being in that rank. Several efforts have been tried to boost the membership, but the numbers continued to drop. The post is now facing the same fate as the previous organization.
If you are a veteran that was awarded a Campaign Medal and served in any of the foreign conflicts that the United States of America’s military has been involved in and you were Honorably Discharged, you are eligible to join the VFW. All that is required to become a member of George A. Falk are your discharge papers (DD214) and a yearly fee of $25.00 for dues.
We meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except July and August, at 7:00 p.m.
The meetings are held at the American Legion Post located on Wabash. Please help to keep a VFW post in Milan. Why should a veteran from the Milan area go to a post in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti or anywhere else and probably pay more? Let those World War II men know that you cared for their efforts.
Mike is a Viet Nam veteran who served in the Army 20th Engineer Brigade, Company B 169th Engineer Battalion from April 1969 until March 1970.

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