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VFW to sell Buddy Poppies

Staff reports

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8583 and its Ladies Auxiliary will be distributing Buddy Poppies from noon Friday, May 26, through Sunday, May 28, at Raley’s and Scolari’s in Gardnerville and Target in north Douglas County.

According to Post Vice Commander Don Howser, VFW by-laws require that the proceeds from distribution of Buddy Poppies be used to benefit disabled and needy veterans and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans in the community.

In 1923, the VFW was the first veterans organization to promote a nationally organized campaign for the annual distribution of poppies assembled by disabled or hospitalized veterans. That tradition continues today, with more than 16 million poppies assembled by paid, disabled and hospitalized veterans each year. The members of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary raise more than $15 million annually from the distribution of Buddy Poppies.

The VFW, founded in 1899, is the nation’s oldest major veterans organization. Its more than 2.1 million members include 1.1 million veterans of World War II, 526,000 Vietnam veterans and some 426,000 Korean war veterans. The remaining members come from American military actions in Haiti, Somalia, the Persian Gulf, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon and Bosnia, as well as expeditionary and occupation forces.