Bedford VFW receives high honors at 2015 convention

The Department of New Hampshire Veterans of For­eign Wars held its annual convention during the weekend of June 19-21 at the Best Western Conference Center in Manchester.

Bedford Post Commander Gary Backus was selected to serve as the Chief of Staff for 2015-16 and Department Commander Lew Chipola of the Nashua Post and Bedford Post Quartermaster John Kroehler were elected to serve as Department Chaplain.

Each year, the 48 Posts in New Hampshire compete for the honor of being an All-State Post. All-State Posts have excelled in membership building, projects supporting veter­ans and community issues, and financial support of VFW programs. Among All-State Posts, one is selected by the All-State judging committee as the outstanding Post and the Post Commander and Quartermaster are awarded the title of All-State Team Captains.

This year, Commander Gary Backus and Quartermaster John Kroehler of the Richard K. Harvell Post #8401 in Bedford were named captains of the All-State team. This recognition was the 28th time in the Post’s 35 year history that it has been designated as an All-State Post and the second time that it has been selected the top Post in New Hampshire.

This performance exceeds that of any other Post in New Hampshire during this 35 year period. In addition, Chap­lain Ralph Dieter and Senior Vice Commander Evelyn Chessie received special awards for their community ser­vice outside of the VFW.

The Bedford Post won first place for its Publicity Pro­gram based upon its excellent Post newsletter and articles published in Manchester and Bedford newspapers. It also won an award for its work in Community Service.

Bedford VFW receives high honors at 2015 convention

BEDFORD – A team of 22 members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity were in Bed­ford June 28-July 2 complet­ing a service-learning con­struction event called Build America.

The team was at Camp Allen in Bedford construct­ing a new wheelchair ramp, repairing a sensory garden, and clearing trails for acces­sible use.

The summer-long event travels the country at local camps to build accessible structures like nature trails, ramps, and playgrounds for children with disabilities.

Throughout the building process, the team develops friendships with the camp­ers and engages in daily camp activities.

Every team member com­mits to raising a minimum of $4,000 on behalf of people with disabilities in hopes of enhancing their quality of life. Throughout the summer, the team saves local camps and communities approximately $50,000 in labor costs and $30,000 in material expenses while impacting the lives of thousands with disabilities.