Thanks to all the great technology out there, we are now able to offer our members a way to participate in meetings even if you can't physically attend.  All you need is a telephone or a computer with an internet connection.

Each month, we will set up a webcam at our meetings and allow members to log in for video conferencing.  If the member is unable to gain access to a computer, they can call in using any landline or cellphone for audio only.

The Post uses a free service that can be found at this website.  This website offers lots of information and tutorials about the services we are using.  You can learn more there about what teleconferencing is and how it works.

To get our specific video and teleconferencing information, use the Contact Us link.  You will need a specific web address for video conferencing.  For teleconferencing access, you will need a phone number and an access code.  However, once you get this information, it will be the same information every meeting.

Please keep in mind this is new and we expect to experience technical difficulties from time to time.  Please remain patient.  Feedback when using the new video and teleconferencing system is welcome!
 
 
The holidays are a very busy time for most people.  The same is true for many Veteran organizations, including our own VFW Post and our Brothers and Sisters in the VFW Auxiliary.  We not only have our own events happening in October, November, and December, but we are involved in many Buckeye community events.

Halloween Carnival

On October 24th, at the Earl Edgar Recreational Facility, the Auxiliary will be setting up a game booth.  Bring your kids and grandkids to have a great time!  More information can be found on the City of Buckeye Events Page.  If you are interested in helping out the Auxiliary, or donating some candy, please Contact Buckeye VFW Auxiliary.

Veterans Day Parade/Community Yard Sale

The Post and Auxiliary will be participating in the Buckeye Veterans Day parade on Saturday, November 7th at 9 AM.  The parade will begin near the Post Office and end near the Aquatic Center.  There will also be a Community Yard sale ongoing at Buckeye Town Park.  Volunteers are needed for both walking/riding in the parade, and manning a booths at the yard sale.  Please Contact Buckeye VFW Post or Buckeye VFW Auxiliary if you can help out.

Veterans Day

November 11th, at 9 AM, the City of Buckeye will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at Benbow Park.  It's an eloquent, but quick ceremony, honoring those who have served our nation.  Please come join us as we honor our Veterans.

Annual Golf Tournament

This will be the fourth year that the Post has held our overwhelming successful golf tournament in Sundance.  In honor of its creator, biggest advocate, and our fallen Post Commander, this year it will be called The Hank Pasinski Memorial 4th Annual Golf Tournament.  It will be held on Saturday, November 14.  Even if you don't golf, come out and get a great deal on lunch.  This is our biggest event of the year. While the Auxiliary does help, we really need more volunteers from the Post. Please Contact Us if you can volunteer, if you'd like to enter as a golfer, would like to sponsor a hole, or know someone who would like to sponsor a hole.  You can also email VFWBuckeye@gmail.com
 
 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (August 21, 2015) — Today, John A. Biedrzycki Jr., national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) added his official signature to the new congressional charter of its Auxiliary organization in a historical event solidifying the VFW’s commitment to membership equality for all military families.

Watch the charter presentation ceremony.

The former Ladies Auxiliary VFW, founded in 1914, is the VFW’s highly regarded support organization and is considered its “Partner in Service.”

Under its former name Ladies Auxiliary VFW, membership within the organization was offered exclusively to female spouses and family members of any member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The gender-specific eligibility requirement remained for more than 100 years until July 20, 2015, when delegates to the VFW’s 116th National Convention in Pittsburgh voted to amend the dated by-law to extend the same membership opportunity to eligible males.

Appropriately, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW has changed its official name to the VFW Auxiliary.

“It’s an exciting time to be a member of the Auxiliary,” said National President Francisca Guilford. “Women comprise nearly twenty percent of our nation’s military, and this change allows all spouses, fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons and brothers to serve others in honor of their veteran.”

Currently, the Auxiliary has more than 465,000 members, a number that is now expected to sharply increase over the next year. Its members represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, several foreign locations including Germany, Guam and Panama, and have made an impact in local communities around the globe.

Last year alone, its members worked to provide $4.6 million dollars in monetary aid to veterans, active duty military and their families, and volunteered nearly 800,000 hours in VA Medical Centers, hospitals, nursing and veterans’ homes. Auxiliary members also contributed greatly to cancer research, youth activities, civic patriotism and much more.

For more information about the VFW Auxiliary, please visit www.vfwauxiliary.org.

source: www.vfwauxiliary.org

 
 
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12098 is saddened to report the passing of four of our comrades in the month of July, including Post Commander, Henry “Hank” Pasinski, on July 11, 2015.  Life Member Ray Perrson of Buckeye also passed on July 11.  Life Member Tammy L. Baldwin of Winslow passed on July 7.  Life Member Morton J. Koval of Buckeye passed on July 22.

Commander Pasinski will be memorialized with full military honors by his family, friends, and comrades at 10:00 AM on August 1 at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Litchfield Road in Goodyear. 

Commander Pasinski was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army with service in Vietnam.  He went on to a career in law enforcement with the New York State Police before retiring to Buckeye in 1989. 

Committed to helping his fellow veterans and his community, Hank was active in Post 12098 from its inception in 2011, and was a proud member of the Buckeye Elks Lodge #2686.  He participated in a variety of community projects and was a familiar figure at Buckeye City Hall and at civic events.  He was closely involved with the efforts to establish a VA clinic in the West Valley, lobbying politicians, pressuring bureaucrats, and recruiting numerous veterans to help make that dream a reality. 

From assisting veterans in need to providing guidance and moral support to active-duty service members to spearheading the Post’s annual golf tournament fundraiser, Commander Pasinski set an example of roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-your-hands-dirty leadership that encouraged and motivated others. 

Commander Pasinski’s contributions to the VFW, his fellow veterans, and the City of Buckeye will not be soon forgotten, and his shoes will be impossible to fill.  Thankfully, for the Post and the community, one of Hank’s greatest contributions was recruiting and mentoring younger veterans to become more involved, and that is a legacy that promises to serve his comrades and the community for years to come.

Commander Pasinski is survived by his loving wife Mary, his son Thomas, and daughter Melanie.

Mary and the family have requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Hank’s memory to VFW Post 12098, PO Box 923, Buckeye, AZ  85326.

Special Memorial Service

A special memorial service will be held for our recently fallen comrades at the Buckeye Elks Lodge #2686 at 1800 Hrs (6:00 PM) on August 13.  The public is invited.

 The Buckeye Elks Lodge #2686 is located at 109 N. 5th Street in downtown Buckeye, just behind City Hall, and serves as the temporary meeting hall for VFW Post 12098.

Jeff Knox



 
 
On Saturday, June 13th, in cooperation with Elks Lodge #2686, we will be having a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Buckeye.  Ceremony begins at 9 AM and the public is cordially invited.  

For those who are interested in what must take place in order for a flag to be retired, here are the requirements per the National VFW Headquarters website:
In August, 2000, at the VFW 101st National Convention in Milwaukee, VFW delegates passed a resolution establishing a U.S. Flag disposal program for Posts to conduct, privately or publicly...

*SUGGESTED PROCEDURE FOR INDIVIDUALS TO USE IN PRIVATE OR PUBLIC FOR DISPOSING OF A TORN, SOILED, OR BADLY FADED U.S. FLAG.

The Flag should be folded in its customary manner. (See VFW Ritual.)- It is important that the fire be sizeable and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the Flag.

Place the Flag on the fire.

The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the Flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection.

After the Flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.

Please make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances.

(Approved for distribution by the VFW National Citizenship Education and Community Service Committee, September 18, 2000.)
It is a somber occasion, but a great way for folks who do not have the resources to properly respect Our Nation's Flag when it has worn out or been damaged.