Post Commander William Strawsburg of Cambridge VFW Post 2901 paid a visit to the Kiwanis Club of Cambridge on Oct. 8, 2019, to share with the club what is happening at the VFW Post. The Commander had a lot to share.
Currently, the post is administering a scholarship competition for high school students called "The Voice of Democracy." This is an audio essay competition where applicants submit a 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD or flash drive with their take on this year’s theme: "What Makes America Great?"
The club also learned about charitable events that the VFW participates in. This includes donating a half of a hog to the Feed My People food pantry of Cambridge. Every November, the VFW hosts an event for the OSU-Michigan game which raises funds for the VFW Post 2901 Auxiliary. The Auxiliary helps assist local veterans and their families when they are in need.
The commander also spoke about how the VFW organizes community events such as the Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day parades. The VFW is also involved in the community by sponsoring youth sports teams and scouting. The VFW dinners on Friday nights are open to the public. They are held every Friday evening at Post 2901 from 5pm to 7pm.
The commander also spoke to the Kiwanis club about two topics that are currently at the forefront of veteran’s issues. He spoke about the proposed Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act of 2019, which is a bipartisan effort currently in congress aimed at repealing a law that prevents as many as 65,000 surviving military spouses from receiving their full Department of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs survivor benefits. Strawsburg also discussed with Kiwanis the tragic fact that many veterans pass away from suicide every. He stated that the doors of the post are always open to veterans who are in need, regardless of if they are a member of the post or not. A veteran in need will be assisted in getting to the appropriate care.
Military service men and women with an honorable discharge who have served in a designated combat zone may join the VFW post. If there is no VFW post in their town, the veteran may join a post in a neighboring community. Inquiries can be made at Post 2901 at 1427 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, or by calling 740-439-9180.