Members of Post and Auxiliary 7287 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars continue to have a leadership role in the Louisiana VFW. At their recent State Convention in Alexandria members of both the Post and Auxiliary were elected to leadership positions.
Post Adjutant David Fields was elected State Chaplin. His one year term begins July first. Fields is currently on active duty with the Louisiana Army Guard and is assigned to the armory in Coushatta. He has served the post as Commander and Adjutant for several years.
Fields said, “I am truly humbled to be elected as the VFW State Chaplain for 2019-20. I strive to live a faith-filled life each day and it was an honor to be recognized by my peers. The Chaplain exists to minister to veterans and their families. And according to our Congressional Charter, the Chaplain ‘shall be concerned with the spiritual needs of the members, and by precept and example, point the way toward a high moral plane for the organization.’ The Chaplain serves as a mentor, counselor, and spiritual leader and I pray I can truly fill these big shoes.”
Fields added, “It is my desire for the upcoming year to provide spiritual direction to my fellow comrades, Veterans of the State of Louisiana, and assist the State Commander and other officers to fully execute the VFW’s Core Mission of support Veterans and our Troops.”
State Auxiliary President Angelia McCoy concluded her year at the convention. She addressed the convention and said it was both a happy and sad occasion. McCoy said, “Military service runs deep in my family. My father was a Marine wounded during the Vietnam War. He and my mother both served the local Post and Auxiliary. I have a 30 year old daughter who is a veteran of Afghanistan. I want to thank them for their service to our country.” McCoy will serve as Past President for a year.
Another member of the local Auxiliary, Ramel Fields, served the state Auxiliary this past year as Chaplin. At the convention, she was elected Junior Vice President for the coming 2019-20 year.
The local Auxiliary President for the 2019-20 year beginning July 1stis Heather McCoy. At the state convention this month, McCoy was installed as the state Banner Bearer. This mostly ceremonial position can lead McCoy to a position of increased responsibility in the state Auxiliary, including line officer positions and perhaps State President in a few years.
The Auxiliary won First Place in the Buddy Poppy Display competition. The Coushatta VFW and Auxiliary sell Buddy Poppies to fund service to veterans. In addition patriotic displays are created each year and entered into the statewide contest. This year the Buddy Poppy Display was created by Auxiliary member Susanne Wastlund. It was judged during the state convention.