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DOC in the Running for National Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief

At the Department Spring Conference held in Ellenville, New York on March 27, 2015, the Council of Administration unanimously without exception endorsed William “Doc” Schmitz as our candidate for the high office of National Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief.

Many if not all of you know of “Doc’s” contributions and achievements in the VFW, as well as his dedication to our organization and its mission. I have enclosed a copy of his bio for you to share with your Comrades.

The following Past State Commanders of the Department of New York support William “Doc” Schmitz as New York’s Candidate for Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief.

We collectively ask that you support William “Doc” Schmitz as New York’s Candidate for Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief.

Melvin Garrett, 1981-82
Anthony Ferrarese, 1989-90
Mario Raimondi 1991-92
James Longendyke, 1992-92
Art Koch III, 1995-96
Robert Seagraves, 2000-01
Bernard Thompson, 2001-02
Karl Rohde, 2002-03
Harold Burke Jr., 2003-04
James Vinsonhaler, 2004-05
James McNally, 2005-06
Donald Doell, 2006-07
Robert Barnhart, 2007-08
Allan Davenport, 2009-10
Jack Veazy, 2010-11
Harold Leavor, 2011-12
James Durkin, 2012-13
Michael Pascal, 2013-14

The new essay contest themes for 2016-2017 are as follows:

Voice of Democracy
“MY RESPONSIBILITY TO AMERICA”

Patriot’s Pen
“THE AMERICA I BELIEVE IN”

Please update all websites, publications, announcements, etc. with these new themes.  Although the new entry forms should be up on the VFW national websites no later than March 1, 2016, those sites have already been updated with the new 2016-17 themes.  The student entry deadline for 2016-2017 will be November 1, 2016 for both contests.

A very special thank you to all who worked so diligently to make our 2015-2016 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests successful.

Thank you,

Kris Harmer, Coordinator
VFW Programs
Veterans of Foreign Wars – National Headquarters
Kansas City, Missouri

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