VFW members around the nation are constantly doing their part to provide support to the veteran community. In New York, for example, Rich Synek founded an organization devoted to feeding hungry veterans after a chance encounter with one at a post office in 2008. After talking with the man, he found out that his family was chronically underfed. That’s when he decided to create Feed Our Vets, a program to ensure that veterans get the food they need to stay healthy.
There aren’t rigid requirements to qualify for the program. Veterans only need to present their DD-214 paperwork and photo identification/VA card to receive food from the pantry. To learn more about the organization and how you can help, please visit www.feedourvets.org.
The author, Carl Buhler, is a graduate of Valdosta State College and is a retired Air Force brigadier general (AF biography at (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD). He now serves as CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com), where he provides subject matter expertise on production, efficiencies, and turnarounds to commercial, industrial, aerospace and defense companies. Still engaged with the military community, Brig Gen (ret) Carl Buhler is a supporter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) service organization.
To help members of the public show respect to the American flag, the VFW website publishes the official rules for displaying, storing, and disposing of the flag. Here are the general rules:
– Display: The US flag should never be displayed in the dark. The VFW advises lowering the flag between sunset and sunrise or placing the flag under a permanent light source. The flag must always be at the top of the pole when it is sharing a staff with other flags.
– Storage: The US flag must always be protected from dirt, moisture, and other causes of damage. When folded according to instruction, the flag becomes a triangular shape with only the star-covered section visible.
– Disposal: Flags that have become damaged must be burned after being folded appropriately. Observers customarily pay their respects by saluting or reciting the pledge of allegiance. The remnants of the flag should be buried.
The author, Carl Buhler, is in the Air Force. Outside of his military career, he is a member of several professional organizations for members of the armed forces, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He has earned master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the College of Naval Command and Staff. Carl Buhler has served more than 28 years in the United States Air Force.