Basehor VFW to honor soldiers returning from Iraq, Afghanistan
In 2009, the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11499 organized an effort to provide care packages to soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Now post members want to honor those men and women returning home.
The VFW is spreading the word it would like to know when soldiers come back to the area from war so it can extend some veteran hospitality.
Basehor VFW Junior Vice Commander Phil Jenkins said when the post received notice of a man or woman returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, that soldier would be able to join the VFW with the first year’s fees on the house, and he or she would be recognized at one of the VFW’s weekly breakfasts or dinners.
“We’d like to honor the soldiers in our area,” Jenkins said. “This is a small way for us to say ‘thanks’ and ‘welcome home.’”
Soldiers can select a day and time that works best for the honorary meal, and the VFW will admit them and their families for free.
The VFW all-you-can-eat dinners are from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month at the post, 2806 N. 155th St. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children and includes musical entertainment.
The VFW breakfasts are from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the post. Admission is the same price.
“This applies to all branches of the Armed Forces,” Jenkins said. “Let us know when your husbands, friends, family members come home, and come have a meal with us so we can give them a nice homecoming.”
Along with its plan to commend those coming back from war, the VFW continues to seek the names of soldiers still serving in Iraq or Afghanistan who are from Basehor. When names are turned in, the VFW can send those men and women Christmas cards or care items periodically.
These names will also facilitate the VFW helping families in Basehor who have loved ones serving overseas with house, lawn or car maintenance, etc.
If people would like to provide the name of a soldier coming home or at war, the VFW asks they call Jenkins at (913) 526-0080 or VFW Commander Fred Box at (913) 208-5273.
For additional information, contact the Basehor VFW at (913) 724-3481, or visit its Web site at vfw11499.org.