Holiday VFW Auxiliary to Post 10167 will be having at their next meeting on Wednesday October 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m., election of Officers. Please plan to attend if you would like to run for office.  If anyone would like clarification you may call Judy Kennedy, at 727-376-2839 (home) or 727-255-0781(cell).


The following offices that are opened are President, Sr. Vice President, Jr. Vice President, Conductress or Conductor or any other that may become available. 


Our District 21 President  Mary Bong will be there, along with Judy Pons, Sr. Vice President, and our Past District 21 President Carole Medeiros.




We regret to inform you all that past District 21 Commander John Fogarty has been called home to stand guard the heavenly gates. 


June 01, 1933 - September 04, 2019


Service Information:

Service to be held Monday, September 16, 2019 at 11 AM
Hudson Chapel
9944 Hudson Ave
Hudson, FL 34669
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Visitation Information:

Visitation to be held Sunday, September 16, 2019
2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 PM
Hudson Chapel
9944 Hudson Ave
Hudson, FL 34669
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Fogarty, John F. 86 of New Port Richey died September 4, 2019 with his family by his side. John was born June 1, 1933 in Brockton, Massachusetts the son of the late Cornelius and Constance Fogarty.

John served his country in the U.S. Navy. John was the former State Program Director with the VFW, Former Commander of the Sea Cadets and the former All America District Commander of the VFW.

John is survived by his daughter Theresa Criscuola of East Moriches, NY., son John Fogarty of West Babylon, NY., He was predeceased by his wife Romona Fogarty in 2013.

A visitation will be held at the Dobies Funeral Home 9944 Hudson Ave Hudson, FL 34669  on Sunday September 15, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A funeral service will be conducted on Monday September 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.





The September 12th Commanders Call has been canceled. 




Identity Guard Signs on as the Newest VFW Member Benefit
VFW members can now protect even more with their VFW membership

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 9, 2018) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to announce it has teamed up with Identity Guard to offer VFW members and their families a special 20 percent discount on identity theft protection with IBM® Watson™ technology.

Identity theft affects one in seven Americans with potentially devastating consequences 1 such as loss of savings, being charged with a crime one didn’t commit or even being held responsible for fraudulent medical claims.

The threat of identity theft is real, and the consequences could be serious. Simply put, without adequate protection you and your family are vulnerable.

With Identity Guard protection, you’ll receive a monthly Vantage™ credit score2 with up-to-date credit scores from the three major credit bureaus, a full TransUnion credit report annually, and alerts if your information is detected on the Dark Web or "Black Market” websites. Your Identity Guard membership can also help protect your loved ones with a family plan that includes child identity theft protection.

Don’t gamble on the protection of your loved ones when it comes to identity theft. Start taking advantage of this special discounted rate today by visiting


1 "2018 Identity Fraud: Fraud Enters a New Era of Complexity," Javelin Strategy & Research, 2018. Sponsored by Identity Guard.
2 The score you receive with Identity Guard is provided for educational purposes to help you understand your credit. It is calculated using the information contained in your TransUnion credit file. Lenders use many different credit scoring systems, and the score you receive with Identity Guard is not the same score used by lenders to evaluate your credit.

About the VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the Congressional - chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,400 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim "NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at

About Identity Guard: For over 20 years, protecting consumers’ identities has always been our number one priority. Identity Guard has partnered with some of the biggest names in the financial industry, protecting more than 47 million customers and resolving 130 thousand cases of identity fraud. We are committed to providing quality services including identity theft protection and data breach programs that help organizations prepare for a data breach and protect their customers and employees.

VFW Contact: Randi Law, Communications Manager


On a sad note I would like to let members of District 21 know that Donald Hampton passed away. Donald and Sharon were members of Post 2550 before they moved to Neveda.
Sympathy cards can be sent to Sharon: 5076 Monte Penne Way, Pahrump, Nv 89061-1001


If you know of someone who is a firefighter in the military, there is a program at the State Fire College that enables them to become Florida State Certified. The program is called Operation Dispatch and below is a synopsis of the program, as well as the link for additional information: OPERATION DISPATCH "Smoothing the way for military firefighters to become certified Florida Firefighters" 
 Military service members and veterans share the discipline, education, and experience that’s integral to becoming part of Florida’s firefighting community.
  OPERATION DISPATCH allows our military veterans the opportunity to apply comparative experience-based training to fulfill certification requirements to continue protecting the safety and well-being of those in our communities. 
 Designed to attract military service members and veterans to Florida, OPERATION DISPATCH cuts out redundant training so military-trained firefighters take 40 hours of training specific to Florida standards.
  OPERATION DISPATCH allows these dedicated men and women to continue meaningful and long-lasting careers in the Florida fire service industry. Through partnerships forged with the Florida Departments of Veterans’ and Military Affairs, OPERATION DISPATCH reduces the costs associated with the Florida-specific training and testing to military firefighters. The program also allows participants to take the certification exam in a more timely fashion than the regularly-scheduled quarterly administrations, which upon successful completion helps newly-certified firefighters enter Florida’s workforce faster.

If you are a current military service member or veteran and would like more information on OPERATION DISPATCH, call or e-mail the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training at: (352) 369-2800 ask for Michael Blum

Attention to all Posts and Auxiliaries 
(As well as any other group or individual that would like to donate or participate)

We are actively pursuing a new post in District 21

The post will be in the Oldsmar area.

10 existing VFW members and 25 new members are required
(New members interested do not join a post yet)

Equipment and funding are also going to be required.
(Everything from Flags to Podium Books)

Anyone wishing to commit to helping in any way please contact:

David Bear 727-359-6137
Gene Dale 209-484-7465


What to Expect When You Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance

Release date: 
September 16, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4337-FL NR 008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – If you live in one of the disaster-designated Florida counties and experienced property damage or loss directly caused by Hurricane Irma, register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance – even if you have insurance. This can be an important step to begin the process of recovery.

You may register for assistance the following ways:

  • At
  • If you don’t have Internet access, you can call 800-621-3362.
  • People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 800-462-7585.
  • For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
  • These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (EST) seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA assistance for individuals may include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to their primary residences, as well as funding for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or funeral costs. If you have insurance, FEMA may still be able to assist with disaster-related expenses that were underinsured or not covered by your policy.

After you apply, a FEMA inspector will contact you to schedule an inspection. The inspection generally takes 30-40 minutes or less and consists of a general verification of your disaster-related losses and a review of ownership or residence records. There is no fee for the inspection.

When a FEMA housing inspector comes to visit your home, be sure they show you proper identification. All FEMA inspectors have prominent photo identification badges. If you suspect someone is posing as a FEMA housing inspector, call our toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721, or call local law enforcement officials.

Once the inspection process is complete, your situation will be reviewed by FEMA. You will receive a letter by email or physical mail, depending on your preference, which outlines the decision about your claim. For more information about the inspection process, and documentation you will need to provide the inspector, visit the FEMA Individual Assistance Inspection Process page.

Know that you may receive a visit from more than one inspector throughout the recovery process. In addition to FEMA housing inspectors, representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, state and local officials and inspectors for private insurance coverage also visit neighborhoods in affected areas.

For more recovery information visit FEMA’s Hurricane Irma web page at