Several awards were presented to the local veterans service organization for their participation in programs that benefit the community. The presentations were made during the 86th annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Louisiana.
Post Commander Barry McCoy received the award for the local VFW Post’s presentation of the Americanism Program in the local schools. The Americanism Program is conducted at the beginning of the school year. Students in kindergarten through 6th grade are asked to draw or color the American flag, draw a patriotic scene from American history, or write a brief patriotic essay.
Another award was presented to Post Adjutant David Fields. “The Commanders Award” was presented to Fields by VFW State Commander Ray Bass for Fields’ service to the local post and the VFW 12th District (Northwest Louisiana).
Post 7287 is active in the community with the Americanism Program in elementary schools in Red River and Bienville parish public and private schools. The post awards scholarships to middle school and high school students in Red River and Bienville parishes as well. During the 2016-17 school year almost $1,500.00 in scholarships were awarded to students.
Veterans are invited to join in service to fellow veterans, school children, and take part in other community service through the local VFW Post. Call 932-6557 or attend the next meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 20th. The Post is located just south of Coushatta on US 71 at Esperanza Road.