Commander Corner

I hope everyone is well. 

We’ve had some members pass away during the last two months. We lost two in our Auxiliary, Terry "Tiny” Seabright and Enid Stewart. VFW member Ralph Woznieak passed on his 94th birthday.

I am planning to hold our monthly members meeting on 5/13. Being that we must maintain social distancing, I have asked Auxiliary President Lois McBride to postpone their meeting until 5/20. This will allow both groups to have their nominations and elections.

Both Department and National Conventions have been canceled. Department may handle some busy during August’s School of Instruction. But, District 12 Convention is still planned for May 16th at noon. VFW members will have their convention at our post 6287 and Auxiliary will hold their convention in Riverview post 8108. Bring your own water or soda as canteens will not be open.

Be care with fraud calls regarding COVID-19. It seems that every disaster brings new scams. With that comes the latest round where veterans have reportedly been receiving calls from scammers acting as VA personnel offering COVID19 shots at the veteran’s home. These callers are asking the veteran personal information. The VA wants to stress that they will never ask for bank information over the phone and there is currently no COVID19 shot available.

May is Armed Forces appreciation month recognizing Loyalty Day, VE Day, and anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. Mission BBQ is offering a free sandwich from 5/11 to 5/16. Serving the US Army on Monday, Marines on Tuesday, Navy on Wednesday, Air Force on Thursday, Coast Guard on Friday, and all services on Saturday. Be there before noon for the National Anthem.

We plan to lay flags at the Ruskin Memorial Park Cemetery at noon on May 30th. I will be discussing our Memorial Day celebration during this week’s members meeting.

I am planning on holding a Veterans Day parade meeting on May 27 at 7:00 pm.


Thank you,
God Bless America,
Patrick Barr
Commander Post 6287



Chaplain Corner

Build up.  Do not tear down.

Over the last month I have seen the best and worst out of people.  Everyone has an opinion on our current situation and that is fine.  However, I have seen friends and family put at odds.  I even noticed myself getting more and more angry at what I saw as overreach and infringement on civil liberties.  Then I was reminded in scripture that it is ok to be mad but it is not ok to use that anger to tear down others.  Ephesians 4:29-32 reads "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those that hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you.”  This message holds true today.  Everyone has a different viewpoint, experiences and convictions.  As comrades, we are to honor bound serve one another, uplift one another and build a stronger fraternal order.  I am very proud of the response of our post to this situation. As we start to come together again, please keep in mind some will step boldly back, other with great trepidation and everything in between.  Welcome them all with understanding and kindness even if you don’t understand or disagree.  We got this.  I can’t wait to see everyone again soon.  As always, I am only a phone call away if you have need for anything.  941-952-8191



Auxiliary President Corner

Hello Everyone,


First I really miss everyone. If you are like me, you are all going stir crazy. I am ready to go out and do something even if it is wrong. I really hope you are all doing ok. 


Since the VFW has been closed down we took advantage of the time and did a deep clean and painted the kitchen. A big Thank you to Kelly and TJ, and the other helpers, Sandi Dogen, Bob Moorehead, Randal Carroll, Deb Henry, Jeremy Barr and Patrick Barr. They put in over 75 hours in to making this kitchen look good. We hope to have all the fund raisers back on track 2 to 3 weeks after the Post is open again. 


The District is having an election only meeting on May 16th and Department has canceled everything until August, State has canceled everything until further notice.


Your President





In keeping with the VFW's commitment to student veterans' success, every year the VFW teams up with Student Veterans of America (SVA) to host the VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship program, providing 10 exemplary VFW members who are student veterans the opportunity to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill and in their community.

To Make a Donation to the VFW Department of Florida

Help America's veterans by making a generous donation to the VFW. Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed. Find out more ways to help America's veterans.

Click on the title below to read the full article on the VFW National website.

VFW Commends DOD for Addressing Force-Wide Economic Challenges, Offers Support

VFW Joins Coalition to Help Afghan Evacuees

VFW National Commander Commends Administration's Actions on Toxic Exposure

What Does Veterans Day Mean to You?

BK Supports Veteran Families in November

VFW Urges Navy to Honor Hero

A Haircut at Sport Clips or a Text Before Nov. 13 Can Help A Hero Go Back to School

Celebrating VFW Day

VFW Action Alert: Take Action Now

VFW Joins Other VSOs to Launch 9/11 Memorial Golf Fund

Applications Open for 2022 VFW, SVA Legislative Fellowship

VFW Pushes Formal Senate Investigation into Afghanistan Withdrawal

VFW Expresses Condolences, Frustration Over Operations in Afghanistan

A VFW Message to Veterans in the Wake of Recent Events in Afghanistan

VFW Awards Nearly $600,000 in Aid to Student Veterans

VFW Elects Matthew M. "Fritz" Mihelcic as New National Commander

Louisiana VFW Post Receives National Community Service Award

VFW Congratulates Nation's Top Scouts

VFW National Commander Thanks VHA Acting Under Secretary for Leadership During 'Unprecedented Times'

VFW Kicks Off Annual ThankBK Appreciation Week

Uniting to Combat Hunger Targets 1 Million Meal Goal for 2021

VFW Expands Opportunities for Discounts to Members

Ace Hardware Honors Fallen Heroes with 1 Million American Flags

VFW National Convention Update II

2021 National Publications Contest Winners Named

VFW National Convention Update

VFW, Team Red ,White & Blue Join Forces For Veterans

Annual VFW Youth Scholarship Competitions Open

VFW Names Top National Youth Scholarship Winners

VFW Expands Hearing Benefits for Members, Families

VFW Presses Congress on Comprehensive Toxic Exposure Reform 'Long Past Due'

Tab King to Offer Digital Solutions for VFW Posts

VFW to Deliver 2021 Priority Goals to Congress Virtually

VFW to Host Virtual 2021 Parade of Winners

VFW Foundation Celebrates 25 Years of Service

VFW National Commander Echoes VA Secretary Sentiment of Commitment, Solidarity

VA Extends Relief for Borrowers Affected by COVID-19

Denis McDonough Confirmed as New VA Secretary

Prominent Veteran Service Organizations Urge Congress and VA to Act in Newly Released Report

VFW Celebrates Black History Month

Two Former VFW Staff Members Named to New VA Administration

Even Through a Pandemic, Sport Clips Haircuts Raised More Than $1M to Support VFW Help A Hero Scholarships

VFW to Host #SportClipsSalute Week

Post of the Month Launches to Showcase How Posts Are #StillServing

VFW Announces Annual Publications Contest

VFW Demands SECVA Wilkie Resign Immediately in Light of Damning VA OIG Report in Response to a Veteran's Sexual Assault Allegation

VFW Recouped More Than $9.7B in Benefits for Veterans Nationwide

Pandemic Won't Stop BK Support of Veteran Families

Calling All Middle and High School Students

Veterans Need Support Especially in a Pandemic