Blythe VFW Post 2987 presented All-American, All-State honors

Blythe Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2987 Commander Bobby Trevino (left) accepts the 2018-2019 All-American and All-State distinctions' official proclamation from visiting Department of California District 3 Commander Jim Lillibridge at a presentation held on Sept. 10. (Photo by Uriel Avendano/Palo Verde Valley Times)

Blythe Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2987 leadership were on-hand and honored to accept the 2018-2019 All-State and All-American certificate distinctions presented by Department of California District 3 Commander Jim Lillibridge Sept. 10 at the local headquarters.

In presenting VFW Post 2987 Commander Bobby Trevino and Quartermaster Mark Bolliger new merit covers – as well as new name badges – Lillibridge commended the entire veterans group’s efforts over the last year.

“It’s the whole post that did it; so congratulations to all of you – good job,” said Lillibridge, a U.S. Vietnam Veteran.

The local veterans have made a concerted effort to continue in their mission to integrate and expand their footprint in the Blythe community while also welcoming the incoming generation of younger veterans into the leadership fold.

“This is for everybody,” noted Trevino, a U.S. Army veteran. “Honestly, I’d just like to thank everybody. If it wasn’t for Mark getting everything in on time, we wouldn’t have got this. If it wasn’t for everybody going out there and recruiting, doing their job, making this group better for everybody – then it wouldn’t have happened, gentlemen. That’s why we had the growth. That’s why we’re becoming a place where veterans want to come and have a good time, the way it should be.”

In upping post membership by 28 percent (from 107 to 137) in the 2018-2019 year, the organization saw a significant uptick in the under-45 veterans demographic.

“Real quick – I had called National (VFW) and National told me, since (at least) 1992, this post had not won All-American. I’m going to give them another call, but they’re going to research and let me know when the last time this post had won All-American, just so that we know,” noted Bolliger, a U.S. Navy veteran. “You guys made it easy.”

The veterans are currently in the planning stages of bringing last year’s well-attended inaugural Oktoberfest event back for the community, scheduled for Oct. 12, from noon to 10 p.m. at their headquarters on 148 N. 1st St.

Additionally, the VFW Post 2987 leadership reminded folks that the group is currently accepting submissions for the Veterans Day “Medals of Recognition” for the Palo Verde Valley area – with a set deadline of Oct. 11.

Applications and the veterans’ medals are free for local U.S. service men and women.

The only requirements are filling out the application forms, including a copy of the respective veteran’s discharge papers, and submitting accordingly. Family members are also encouraged to apply for their related veterans, alive or posthumous.

The forms are currently available at the VFW Post 2987 bar or the local VA Clinic (1273 W. Hobsonway).

For any inquiries, questions or additional information, contact VFW Post 2987 Sr. Vice Commander and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Douglas DiStefano at: (760) 922-3830.

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