Smelt City VFW Post 3675 of Boyne City turns 75 this April

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Megan Wilson

Contributing Writer

Boyne City VFW Post 3675—Smelt City Post—celebrates its diamond anniversary this year.

The organization, which turns 75 on Wednesday April 9, is a place where veterans can go to find help filling out claims and keep company with other members.

“Anyone that served on the ground in World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan is welcome to join,” said Boyne City VFW Post 3675 Commander Henry Erber.

William A. Thien, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., congratulated all members of the Post, “I send my sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of VFW Post 3675 for the outstanding record of service to the community, veterans and to the nation over the past 75 years.”

According to Thien, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of United States is a nonprofit veterans’ service organization comprised of combat veterans and eligible military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. It was founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, and is the nation’s largest organization of war veterans and—with more than 1.9 million members—its oldest major veterans’ organization.

“We have a writer that can help veterans file for their benefits or a disability claim, and he can also expedite the process needed to file a medical claim, or help them get insurance,” said VFW member Chuck Witte. “He knows a lot of the ins and outs that most people don’t know. He’s in on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.”

Membership in the VFW is open to both male and female service members.

“I would say that we have approximately 42 members which are active in meetings and activities, this number might not include inactive members,” said Witte.

As part of the diamond anniversary celebration, a new flagpole will be dedicated at the Post.

“We’d like to have the dedication during the middle of May—during the Morel Festival,” said Erber. “But, currently, we have to wait until state and national commanders can come to the ceremony.”

With nearly 7,000 VFW posts around the world, the VFW is dedicated to service, legislative advocacy and military and community service programs for veterans.

For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.