VFW Post 10427
Helps Celebrate Freda Haworth Coate Day in Leander
It's Freda Haworth Coate Day in Leander today! Honored to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 100th Birthday celebration for Freda Haworth Coate, WW II Veteran with Army Nursing Corps at Riva Ridge Memory Care in Leander. Freda has an amazing American story: WW II Veteran, 25 yrs of caring for her fellow Veterans working for the VA and her service in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), The American Legion, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The incredible lineage of the Army Nursing Corps was on display today: Freda, WW II; Paula Noonan Quindlen, Vietnam War Veteran (and member of my VFW Post 10427); and three officers currently serving in the Army Nursing Corps (who made presentations). Thank you to Leander Mayor Pro Tem Chris Czernek for city Proclamation, Julie Sharifian with Congressman Carter's office and Sara Dunlap Groff with State Rep John Bucy 's office for presenting flags flown over the US and State Capitols. Also thanks to other friends who attended:
Cedar Park Mayor Pro Tem Mel Kirkland; Leander City Councilmember Kathryn Pantalion-Parker; Kelly Freeman (BossBabes!)
Ellen Crane (Wilco Blue Star Mothers) Chris Czernek Tyana Abee Georganne Duron Caroline Miller, DAR and members of my VFW Post 10427: Terry Craig Archie Hixon David Stading. Karen Thompson and Anne K. Duffy you need to meet Freda!
VFW Post 10427 - Veterans Day VPR
VFW Post 10427 Members was very active for Veterans Day Events:
Cedar Park, Veteran's Day Salute 9 Nov 2019
All Veterans Day Salute, Praha, Texas
Leander Veterans Day Ceremony, Veterans Park, Leander, Texas
Sky City Retirement Village, Leander, Texas
Leander Station Senior Village, Leander, Texas
Veterans Ceremony - 11 Nov 2019
Leander Veterans Park
Opening Remarks - Mark Tummons, City of Leander
Welcome - Mayor Troy Hill - City of Leander
Invocation - MSG (R) Terry Craig - VFW Post 10427
Presentation of Colors - Leander Police Department Honor Guard
National Anthem - Ms Shannon Davis
Keynote Remarks - Mitch Fuller, Commander, VFW Post 10427
Honor Wall Names - MSG (R) Terry Craig - VFW Post 10427
Armed Forces Medley - Vista Ridge High School Band
POW/MIA Flag Raising - CSM(R) David Stading, VFW Post 10427 and American Legion Post 911 & John Jowers, VFW Post 10427
Closing - Steve Bosak
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VFW Post 10427
Cedar Park Memorial Park
Veterans Day Ceremony
9 Nov 2019
Homeless Veteran Stand Down
I would like thank all the Posts and Auxiliaries of District 28 for their support, donations and efforts in making this years Homeless Veterans Stand Down a huge success!!
It is the efforts of the District Post and Auxiliary members that make the stand down a very successful event.
Yesterday. 35 homeless veterans and 17 veterans in transitional housing received much needed services and clothing for a total of 52.
A special thank you to Post 856 for hosting the stand down!!! Ron Dorsey, Larry Yeager, Don and Freddie were instrumental in making this event happen. It is a great deal of work and I greatly appreciated their efforts.
Thank you to Leander Post 10427 for all of their efforts in feeding the veterans and staff. This is another huge task and Terry Craig and company did a fantastic job.
Thank you to Post and Auxiliary members from 10427, 4443,9078,8587, 8787, 8925 and 3377 for their outstanding efforts in handing out clothing and cold weather gear to the veterans. Each volunteer spoke with each veteran and made a difference yesterday!!!
Thank you to department and the Texas VFW Foundation for funding a majority of the Stand Down.
A special thank you to District 28 to buy 400 discount bus passes for the homeless veterans. This is a much needed item and all were very grateful.
A special special thank you to Red and Linda Towers for all of the hard work they have done throughout the years on the stand down. They provided us excellent instructions and guidance that great help this event be successful.
I would like to say thank you to Kim Gear for her support and efforts for the stand down.
We will conduct an AAR and adjust fire on what we need to improve on.
VFW District 28
Homeless Veterans Chairman
Another great and busy month is ahead of us. Please note the VFW 120th Birthday Celebration on Thursday, October 3 (the actual VFW Birthday is September 29) and the Operation Enduring Freedom VPR on October 11 and Recognition of Women in Military Service VPR on October 18.
If any of you would like to get an overview of the VFW and Post operations, see Post Sr. Vice Commander Robert Beach who will be conducting a new member orientation on Tuesday, 8 Oct - 7pm - 8pm.
Also, the Post is continuing our great tradition of hosting a fundraiser/benefit for the Chad O Foundation for PTSD Awareness on October 12.
September saw some great activities at the Post:
We conducted a VJ Day VPR on September 2 and a September 11 Remembrance/Patriots Day VPR at the Leander Police Department with Leander City officials including the Mayor and Leander Police Officers and Firefighters. We also conducted the September 11 ceremony at the Post. We got coverage of the ceremony at the Leander PD in the Hill Country newspaper.
The Post assisted with the cost and arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Mark Walker of Leander, an unaccompanied Veteran. The funeral was held on September 26 in Cedar Park with burial at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. This request was made at the request of Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell and Williamson County and we were honored and pleased to do so.. The Post was covered in the Hill Country News newspaper for this and will be covered in the Williamson County Sun (published in Georgetown).
Also, the Post Auxiliary held its largest and most successful Barbecue Cook-off (15th Annual) to date September 27-28. 68 Cooker teams participated--by far exceeding the highest ever (previous record was 46 teams last year). Bob Picket with KVET radio station interviewed Post Auxiliary Sr. Vice President Norm Adams and me during the Cook-off on September 28.
We look forward to seeing you at your Post this month!
VFW Post 10427
VFW Post 10427
Answer's The Call For A Veteran
The Williamson County Commissioners Court vote Sept. 17 to pay for the funeral of a Leander veteran who died with no known family members and is inviting the public to attend his funeral this Thursday in Cedar Park.
Mark Lyle Walker, 58, died on Aug. 25 and was subsequently listed as an "unaccompanied veteran" when no known family members could be located.
He served as a submariner in the U.S. Navy, according to the obituary by Beck Funeral Home. The service on Thursday will be held 9 a.m. at the funeral home, which is located at 1700 E. Whitestone in Cedar Park.
A burial with full military honors will happen that same day at 11 a.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
“There are a lot of things that we do that are important, but I’m going to take time off on that day,” Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said during the commissioners court meeting on Sept. 17. “I’m going to go to a funeral of a man I do not know, but a man who served our nation faithfully. Following that, I will go to the burial because I believe that everyone who dies in Williamson County deserves someone to walk with them to that very last place.”
Walker lived with a friend “who was gracious to take him in" prior to his death, according to Gravell.
As Mr. Walker died with no known family, the funeral is being paid for by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10427 of Leander and Beck Funeral Home. Williamson County is contributing the standard $300 allotted for indigent burials.
“VFW Post 10427 is pleased to work with Williamson County to honor Mr. Walker’s service to our country,” said Mitch Fuller, commander of VFW Post 10427.
To view the obituary or send condolences, go to https://www.beckchapels.com/obituary/mark-walker.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VFW Post 10427 in Leander to help with this service as well as other needs for veterans. Mail donations to VFW Post 10427, 8760 RR 2243, Leander, Texas 78641.
2019 Hill Country
BBQ Cook Off
27 - 28 Sep 19
New Officers Elected
The Post conducted our Officer Installation on Saturday, May 25. The following comrades were installed as Post officers and officially assume their duties IAW Department of Texas By-Laws upon the installation of the Department of Texas officers on June 15 at the State Convention in Houston:
Commander: Mitch Fuller
Sr. Vice Commander: Robert Beach
Jr. Vice Commander: Dave Walden
Quartermaster: - Pro-Temp Terry Craig
Chaplain: Gilbert Vickers
Adjutant: David Stading
Chief of Staff and House Committee Chairman: Steve Hixon
Service Officer: Gary Miller
Community Service Officer: Gene Davenport
Surgeon: Shaun Ohl
Staff Judge Advocate: David Burris
Unit 10 Motorcycle Group Chairman and Officer of the Day: John Jowers
1 yr Trustee: Mike Havranek
2 yr Trustee: Lawrence Dayhoff
3 yr Trustee: Heather Ridolfi
Web Site Administrator: Gene Davenport
The Post membership voted at the May 27, 2019 Regular meeting to suspend V-Sweeps operations at the Post. V-Sweeps have not been profitable for months and actually the Post is at risk of losing funds from the Post General Fund if there is a major payout.
Bottom Line: V-Sweeps operations are suspended at the Post effective June 15, 2019.
All V-Sweeps payouts will be completed NLT July 15, 2019. If you have V-Sweeps payouts on your cards please ensure you take care of your payouts NLT July 15, 2019.
Sr. Vice Commander and Adjutant
8760 RR 2243, Leander, TX 78641