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August 27, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is sponsoring essay contests for junior high and high school students. Winners in a contest for 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders will receive scholarship prizes totaling nearly $140,000. To enter the contest, students must write and record an essay titled "My Service to America." The essay should take no more than five minutes to read aloud. Scholarship awards will be given to the top 56 writers in the nation, with prizes ranging from $1,000 to $20,000.
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July 24, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
RENO - As Republican Mitt Romney prepared to set off on a three-country, seven-day grand tour abroad, the presidential campaigns ventured into relatively new territory Monday: engaging in a debate over foreign affairs, international alliances and war policy. The long-distance discussion was cursory yet notable for appearing at all in a race that has been dominated by competing economic strategies and traded accusations of cronyism and financial secrecy. President Obama's campaign transitioned quickly, accusing Romney of harboring a "secret" foreign policy, and pushing him to detail his plans to end the war in Afghanistan and his approach to Russia and Israel.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN
A Veterans of Foreign Wars candlelight ceremony will honor prisoners of war and the missing in action Friday at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The free, hourlong ceremony will include VFW and local Junior ROTC color guards, speakers, former POWs and representatives from 17 local VFW posts. The park is at the corner of Chatsworth Street and Zelzah Avenue.
NATIONAL
August 18, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Speaking to more than 5,500 veterans, President Obama today renewed his commitment to dismantling Al Qaeda in Afghanistan -- a struggle he said was "fundamental to the defense of our people" -- and offered assurances that his healthcare overhaul would not touch veterans' medical benefits. "This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity," Obama told the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars conference -- cautioning that the insurgency would not be defeated overnight. "Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Burglars ransacked a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Simi Valley, making off with $8,000 in cash--including $2,000 collected for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "Members would just toss a few dollars in here and there to help out the families left behind," said Hank Calderon, administrator of the post on Los Angeles Avenue. "And now, poof! It's all gone." The 250-member club has struggled to make mortgage payments for years and may not recover from the loss, Calderon said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2000 | Alex Murashko, (714) 966-5974
American Legion Post 857 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4048 are proposing a memorial to victims of 20th century wars, including Americans who were killed, disabled or have lost family members. General plans call for life-size statues of a grieving woman and two children. Possible sites include Eisenhower Park close to the pier and the proposed park area next to the San Gabriel River channel, said American Legion member Joe Palmer.
NEWS
February 13, 1986
The City Council has approved two requests for bingo permits, the first such requests in about 10 years, according to Don Hopper, director of community development. Hopper said the Elks Club and Immaculate Conception Church have long had bingo permits but no other groups had sought them until last week, when Veterans of Foreign Wars, Arcadia/Monrovia Post, and the Monrovia High School Boosters Club, made their requests at the same City Council meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1993 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The war may be over, but the fighting continues. As members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885 complete the transformation of their Sand Canyon clubhouse into a private residence, city officials are going to court to pursue allegations that the facility continued operating three months after it was ordered to close down. "The Veterans of Foreign Wars has violated the order of the court by continuing to operate and selling alcohol to a non-member," Santa Clarita City Atty. Carl Newton said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI
A veterans group received approval from county planners this week to serve alcohol at its new post in Canyon Country. The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission unanimously voted to grant an alcohol use permit Wednesday to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885. The permit allows the group to sell alcohol at the post it bought in October, a 2.25-acre site two miles northeast of Santa Clarita along Sierra Highway.
NEWS
March 12, 1991 | Associated Press
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is eyeing the half-million U.S. servicemen who were sent to the Persian Gulf as potential new life for its aging organization, its leader said. "We're already recruiting," said national Commander-in-Chief James Kimery. "We've got something like 15,000 of them already signed up." The VFW, with headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., represents 2.2 million veterans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Burglars ransacked a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Simi Valley, making off with $8,000 in cash--including $2,000 collected for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "Members would just toss a few dollars in here and there to help out the families left behind," said Hank Calderon, administrator of the post on Los Angeles Avenue. "And now, poof! It's all gone." The 250-member club has struggled to make mortgage payments for years and may not recover from the loss, Calderon said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Burglars ransacked a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Simi Valley, making off with $8,000 in cash--including $2,000 collected for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "Members would just toss a few dollars in here and there to help out the families left behind," said Hank Calderon, administrator of the post on Los Angeles Avenue. "And now, poof! It's all gone." The 250-member club has struggled to make mortgage payments for years and may not recover from the loss, Calderon said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2000 | Alex Murashko, (714) 966-5974
American Legion Post 857 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4048 are proposing a memorial to victims of 20th century wars, including Americans who were killed, disabled or have lost family members. General plans call for life-size statues of a grieving woman and two children. Possible sites include Eisenhower Park close to the pier and the proposed park area next to the San Gabriel River channel, said American Legion member Joe Palmer.
NEWS
June 18, 2000 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The scene was the 70th state convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a sea of white hair and snappy blue military caps. First came the rousing campaign speech about bringing pride back to America's military. Then the standing ovation. Then the pause. Then the shout: "We love you, Bush!" Which begged the question, Which Bush? Sure, the oldest Bush brother--that would be Texas Gov. George W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
They were prisoners of war decades ago, but the nine men recognized Tuesday by the Veterans Administration vividly remember what they endured. Martin Christie, 77, even recalled the Japanese words for his prisoner identification numbers when he was a POW in Japan. Christie, of West Hills, was a corporal with the 4th U.S. Marine Regiment when Japanese forces captured him in the Philippines in 1942.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN
A Veterans of Foreign Wars candlelight ceremony will honor prisoners of war and the missing in action Friday at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The free, hourlong ceremony will include VFW and local Junior ROTC color guards, speakers, former POWs and representatives from 17 local VFW posts. The park is at the corner of Chatsworth Street and Zelzah Avenue.
NEWS
March 18, 1985 | Associated Press
The leader of the Veterans of Foreign Wars today revoked the charter of a post of mostly Vietnam veterans who opposed the VFW's call for strong U.S. military involvement in Central America. A lawyer for the 67-member post said he will file for a writ of mandate in Superior Court on Tuesday, seeking to block the VFW from enforcing the revocation and taking the post's bank accounts, flags and other possessions. In a statement released at the Kansas City, Mo., headquarters of the 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
After 51 years of service to the community, the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be recognized by San Fernando during a Memorial Day ceremony Sunday. Mayor Dan Acuna and other city officials will unveil a plaque with the VFW logo at the city's "Welcome" sign to commemorate the organization's contributions of time and money to many local causes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1998 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pearl Harbor survivor Frank Garten sat alone in the dimly lit basement bar of American Legion Post 132 in Orange. Across the room, another elderly veteran perched on a stool smoking a cigarette and nursing a beer. The nearly empty hall illustrates a trend seen across the nation: Fraternal groups that blossomed after World War II are now fighting for survival. "Most of us who carried this post were World War II vets, but we're dying off," said Garten, 77.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is sponsoring essay contests for junior high and high school students. Winners in a contest for 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders will receive scholarship prizes totaling nearly $140,000. To enter the contest, students must write and record an essay titled "My Service to America." The essay should take no more than five minutes to read aloud. Scholarship awards will be given to the top 56 writers in the nation, with prizes ranging from $1,000 to $20,000.
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