We honor our fallen by helping the living
The U.S. Army is made up of the most dedicated, most respected soldiers in the world. These soldiers protect America's Freedoms while serving at home and abroad, and they are always prepared to defend the nation in times of need.
We are soldiers of the sea, providing forces and detachments to naval ships and shore operations. We are global leaders, developing expeditionary doctrine and innovations that set the example, and leading other countries' forces and agencies in the multinational military operations. These unique capabilities make us "First to Fight", and our nations first line of defense.
America's Navy is a force as relevant today as it's been historically significan for the last 238 years. The times may change, the threats may become more obscure, the complex nature of 21st century life may make the demand for such presence less obvious. However, now more than ever, the Navy is something to be aware of Something to be thankful for. Something to be proud of.
Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: developing airmen, technology to war fighting and integrating operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible.
We protect the personal safety and security of our people; the marine transportation system and infrastructure; our natural and economic resources; and the territorial integrity of our nation-from both internal and external threats, natural and man-made.
Who are we?
We are 227 combat veterans dedicated to providing vital assistance and support for America’s service members, veterans, and their families. Our members exemplify the best of America and represent the heart of today’s VFW.
We are not the dying veterans’ organization you may have read about, nor are we sitting in a smoky bar telling war stories. We don’t even have a bar. Our members range from 22 years old to 100, with an average age of 52.
We are a five-time All-American VFW Post, an award granted to the top 1% of posts worldwide. The Post also earned the 2021-2022 & 2022-2023 VFW Outstanding Community Service Award which is presented annually to 75 out of nearly 6000 VFW Posts worldwide.
Since July 2020, the post has completed 408 veteran, troop, or community service projects with a $573,848.32 impact to the community we serve.
We are proud to proclaim that NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS THAN THE VFW
VFW MEETING 1ST WED OF EVERY MONTH
DINNER @ 6PM -MEETING @ 7PM -IN PERSON & ZOOM
Our VFW scholarship programs are open to all eligible Pinelands Regional students.
Our youth scholarships challenge students to reflect on our nation's history, their ideals & principles, and their own experiences based on a patriotic theme.
2023 Voice of Democracy theme "What are the greatest attributes of our Democracy?”
Local first palace winner prize $500-2nd $300-3rd $200
2023 Patriot's Pen Theme "How are you inspired by America?”
Local first place winner $300-2nd $200-3rd $100
Post 12173 is an All-American Post for the years:
2022-2023The VFW All-American designation is awarded by National VFW Commander in Chief to top posts globally and recognizes posts for their service, representation, and advocacy for veterans, their families and the communities they serve. They are considered the best of the best.
We also received the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 Outstanding Community Service Post Award which is awarded annually to only 75 out of 6000 + posts world-wide.
These projects included assistance to homeless veterans, twice monthly mental health awareness sessions &our Afghan Veteran Listening Session
Sea Scout & Boy Scout support including honoring 5 Eagle Scouts - flag retirement ceremonies, camp outs & church services
Memorial Day, 4th of July, POW/MIA Awareness, 9/11 Memorial, Veterans Day & Pearl Harbor ceremonies, get out the vote projects or events
School student scholarships including our Voice of Democracy & Patriots Pens Essay contestsDonated 400+ winter coats to area school childrenAnnual Halloween Trunk or Treat
Thanksgiving meals prepared and delivered to 100s homebound citizens& to the State Police Tuckerton Barracks & Little Egg Police Department
Hosting veteran & troop food banks along with donations to local food banksChristmas gifts to hospitalized children
Honoring our Vietnam Veterans
PEARL HARBOR DAY 2021 WITH VIKING YACHT
THANKSGIVINGCOMMUNITY SERVICEFOOD DRIVESYOUTH177th BBQVietnam Veteran Pin Ceremony
...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.
WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.
You were not alone over there. You are not alone now. There are 20
million veterans who would give their lives for you. Please don't take
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.