Veterans of Foreign Wars air coming events slate

Marshalltown Veterans of Foreign Wars continued fundraiser and property improvement discussions during their Tuesday meeting. Among topics was plans to continue popular public fish fries, the next one set for June 27.

Harry C. Harter Post 839 Commander Larry Larson reported on continuing renovation at the 107 East Meadow Lane property, including plans to acquire concrete alongside the building to prevent rain water from entering, and marking of spaces for more efficient parking.

Keith Greufe lead discussion about holding a VFW garage sale. Larson reminded that Post 839 owns a number of salable items in a warehouse for such an event. Also, the public would be invited to donate items.

Among other looming activities, Delmar Roberts reported through cooperation with Marshall County Pork Producers a fundraiser pork meal is ahead at a yet undated time. Jeff Heiden told of VFW planning to serve in cooperation with Pizza Ranch at a mealtime. Post 839 veterans will man table service from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 23.

Larson noted that the recently purchased bus for VFW and American Legion activities was used to transport American Legion’s Hawkeye Boys State delegates to Camp Dodge on June 15. He reported that veteran Craig Edgar has donated $500 for bus improvement costs. Larson updated progress on a handicap ramp being constructed at World War II veteran Pete Menzel’s residence.

Service Officer Dennis Myers reminded that the Marshall County Assessor can be contacted concerning regulations for exemptions to veterans with 100 percent service-connected disabilities. Included is assistance for spouses of disabled veterans. Myers urged veterans participation at a June 19 Medals of Honor program at the Iowa Veterans Home and a Quilt of Valor program at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds on June 21.

The Pow/MIA banner was displayed during the meeting in memory of Lester (Bud) Randall. Correspondence was read by Adjutant Jim Bacino, including thanks from families for Honor Guard funeral ceremonies for Bob Plunkett and Bob (Jake) Jacobson.

Quartermaster Roger Dirks’ financial report noted profitable cooperation from community citizens with the recent Memorial Day flags for veterans’ gravesites project. It was noted that Veterans Administration funds for Honor Guard funeral ceremonies are equally divided between VFW Post 839 and American Legion Post 46.

Don Douglas served guard duties and Mel Pitzen read chaplain’s devotions.