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  • Our Flag

    Jun 1, 2024

    The original "Old Glory" was owned by sea captain William Driver. Old Glory is a nickname for the flag of the United States. The original "Old Glory" was a flag owned by the 19th-century American sea captain William Driver (March 17, 1803 – March 3, 1886), who flew the flag during his career at sea and later brought it to Nashville, Tenn., where he settled. Driver greatly prized the flag and ensured its safety from the Confederates, who attempted to seize the flag during the American Civil W... Full story

  • VFW 2024 National Youth Scholarship Winners Named


    WASHINGTON – In early March the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) proudly presented more than $173,000 in scholarships and awards as it named the national winners of its 2023-2024 Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen youth scholarship competitions. This year's national winners were announced at the 2024 VFW Washington Conference in Washington, D.C., during the 77th annual Parade of Winners ceremony, sponsored by Twisted X. VFW National Commander Duane Sarmiento was joined by VFW Auxiliary P... Full story

  • Lest We Forget

    Carol L Allen, Editor

    Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. From 1868 to 1970, it was observed on May 30. Since 1971, it is observed on the last Monday of May. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many volunteers place American flags on the graves of military... Full story

  • On The Cover April 2024

    Carol L Allen

    With the warmer temperatures and change of seasons, "a young man's (and woman's) fancy turns to thoughts [of fishing]". Throughout the Southwest the focus is on both fresh and salt water fishing. If you are in Arizona's high country, it's time for trout stockings; if you are in San Diego, the annual Day at the Docks celebrates the start of salt-water fishing. Whatever your preference, we wish you tight lines. And when you are on the water, salt or fresh, remember to think safety first. Our... Full story

  • Carol L Allen, Editor

    Tour de Scottsdale APR 12TH – APR 13TH HOURS7:00am – 5:00pm ADMISSION$125 The Honor Health Tour de Scottsdale offers challenging and scenic courses that will undoubtedly push the limits of cyclists WestWorld Scottsdale 16601 N. Pima Rd Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 520-745-2033 Adventure Van Expo APR 13TH HOURS10:00am – 5:00 pm (saturday) 10:00am – 3:00pm (sunday) ADMISSION: $5 at the door TIME10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Open house vans, DIY contest, Live Music, Food trucks, Camping. Adventure Vans are the...  Website

  • Big Tony

    Jim Allen, Publisher|Apr 1, 2024

    Big Tony is a success story. We have had a number of these stories since we began the VFW 3513 Alley Cat Rescue several years ago. Unfortunately, these success stories don't make it any easier to remember the kitties who were not so lucky. This has definitely been a learning process. Starting out I was naive and hopeful of making all of their lives easier and better. Reality soon took over. It is a monumental task. And, the odds against saving them all is unrealistic. Still we persist and take... Full story

  • Vet Is Home

    Donald W. Meyers, Yakima Herald-Republic

    By Donald W. Meyers Yakima Herald-Republic Eighty-one years (2022) after he joined the U.S. Navy, Patrick Lloyd Chess is back home in Yakima. Chess, who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was laid to rest Saturday in the veterans section of Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, Wash. About 100 people attended the service, in which Chess was buried with full military honors by the U.S. Navy. For Chess' family members, the service was the fulfillment of a hope spanning generations. He Is Now... Full story

  • Mission 22

    WOOT, Western Outdoor Other Times|Mar 1, 2024

    At Mission 22, our commitment could not be more personal. Mission 22 was founded by Veterans. Most of our staff are Veterans, spouses of Veterans, or have immediate family members who have served in the US military. We provide extensive, personalized support and resources to help Veterans and their families thrive. Mission 22's programs for Veterans and military spouses offer everything from biometric monitoring of stress, sleep, and activity levels; to meditation and coaching; to exercise... Full story

  • 'Roger That'

    WOOT, Western Outdoor Other Times|Mar 1, 2024

    The term "Roger that" is a widespread term for confirmation, either between truckers on their CB radios, kids playing back and forth with walkie-talkies, or even face to face. But it's easy to adopt the phrase and understand what it means without ever really knowing where it came from. So here's a (very) brief history for your edification. "Roger" comes from the phonetic alphabet used by military and aviation personnel during WWII, when the use of two-way radios became a main form of... Full story

  • VFW Auxiliary's Art Contest

    Carol L Allen, Editor

    Each year, more than 4,000 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary's Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. This contest comprises only two-dimensional entries. The 3-Dimensional Patriotic Art Contest is exclusively for three-dimensional art pieces. Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest https://vfwauxiliary.org/wp-content/uploads/YACPAC-entry-form-... Full story

  • Ann Margret Risked Her Life For The Troops

    Tom Cole Marine Retired, Special Features Writer

    Ann-Margret is gorgeous, vivacious, and talented in so many ways. Singer, song writer, actress, dancer: she had it all. She was every man's girl next door and every man's wish - a dream girl, every man's beauty to come home to. But, she was SO MUCH MORE. Ann-Margret Olsson was born April 28, 1941 in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, emigrating to the United States in 1946. Ann-Margret has been a U.S. citizen since 1949. Star of stage, screen and television with many, many awards to her n...

  • The Story Of Smokey


    In February 1944, an American soldier discovered a Yorkshire terrier dog in an abandoned trench in the jungles of New Guinea, which received the nickname "Smokey". It was owned by Ohio corporal William Wynn, who bought it from the soldiers for two Australian pounds. For the next two years, Smokey was with her master in the Pacific theater of operations. The dog participated in 12 air and sea rescue and photo reconnaissance missions. During these operations, Smokey was often under fire in a... Full story

  • On The Cover December 2023

    Carol L Allen

    It's the season of giving. We have had suggestions for boaters, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts overall, and veterans. But, what about the other members of our "extended family" - our wonderful wildlife? Of course they cannot let us know what they need, but I think with some guidance from organizations such as the Arizona Game & Fish Department, Conservation First USA, and multiple other species-specific support groups, we can embrace some great gift ideas for our wildlife. Three examples come to... Full story

  • VFW National Home

    WOOT, Western Outdoor Other Times|Dec 1, 2023

    The Mission "The VFW National Home assists military, veterans, and their families with children, by creating a foundation of services and resources to achieve their personal and family goals in order to move forward in a positive, safe and healthy environment." About Us Born from the belief that America needs to care for the children and families of men and women who sacrificed for our country, the VFW National Home is a place of healing, support and refuge. It was founded in 1925 as a place... Full story

  • Fall Colors


    The gorgeous palette of autumn colors paints Arizona's state parks. It IS possible to experience vibrant fall colors in Arizona - you just need to know where (and when) to look. Several of Arizona's state parks have amazing viewing opportunities and we can't wait for you to experience them all; however, the four parks listed below are known for their above average display of beautiful Arizona fall colors! Follow this comprehensive guide to the best spots for colorful Arizona fall foliage and... Full story

  • Joint Chiefs of Staff

    WOOT|Nov 1, 2023

    We Salute All The United States Armed Forces Especially on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month The United States Armed Forces are the military forces of the United States. The armed forces consists of six service branches: the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard. All six armed services are among the eight uniformed services of the United States. Each Has Assigned Role/Domain Each of the different military services is assigned a role and domain. The... Full story

  • VFW 3513 Scottsdale

    Veterans Of Foreign Wars Buddy Poppy

    Carol L Allen

    Before Memorial Day in 1922, VFW conducted our first poppy distribution, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains today. Click Here For More Veterans In The News During our 1923 encampment, we decided that VFW "Buddy"® Poppies would be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them... Full story

  • On The Cover October 2023

    Carol L Allen, Editor

    You - the people, the citizens, the patriots, the Americans - all are the wind beneath our country's wings. With your loyalty and support, our eagle flies free, unencumbered by a divided citizenry, destructive politics, and weak leadership. It is up to you: Be a strong wind beneath our country's eagle or let it falter and fall. This next month on Veterans' Day, we salute those who did not let the eagle fall: our veterans. Poppies Honor Veterans - Proudly Show Your Support Pleasant Harbor... Full story

  • We The People

    Jim Allen, Publisher|Oct 1, 2023

    Note - You can tell by the reference to Biden being in office for two years that I wrote this some time ago. However, can't you see how much worse things have gotten in that short time with the Biden Regime in power? Contributing our energy, money and time is our contribution to the Victory Garden effort of World War II. World War II - A time when the whole nation came together to fight our enemies. It is that time now. If you believe strongly in our Constitution (as it was written by brilliant... Full story

  • Don McDowell Outdoors

    Jim Allen, Publisher|Sep 1, 2023

    Don McDowell Outdoors is hosted by Don McDowell with a slew of guests from politicians, members of the AZ Game & Fish, avid hunters and anglers and so many more! Each Sunday you can be sure to hear great insight into current events both around the country and locally as well as the perfect guides for the current state of hunting, fishing, and conservation. Meet Don McDowell Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 22 years and in... Full story

  • Veterans Of Foreign Wars Offers Two Scholarships

    Carol L Allen, Editor|Sep 1, 2023

    The VFW Auxiliary adds three opportunities to win. The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $35,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you. Voice of Democracy Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in re... Full story

  • Is Virus The Least Of Our Worries?

    WOOT|Sep 1, 2023

    Isabel Casillas Guzman Isabel Casillas Guzman is the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and serves in President Biden’s Cabinet as the leading advocate for America’s 33 million small businesses and innovative startups. I unfortunately heard a bit of what she said on a local "news" channel this morning. (Shame on them for letting her disseminate the misinformation that she did. Her lack of understanding of our economy and what has really been done to small bus... Full story

  • Strong Country, Weak Leadership

    Tom Cole Marine Retired, Special Features - Opinion Writer|Aug 1, 2023

    The United States of America is without a doubt the strongest and most powerful nation in the world. No nation has the financial power, the military power, or the nuclear power of this nation. BUT, we are weak. The political divisiveness of our politicians has always weakened this country and I don't care which side you're on. Granted the "Left", "Doves", "Progressives" - whatever you want to tag them as - weaken our country and spend their time and our precious tax payer dollars foolishly by... Full story

  • There Are Many Ways To Help Our Veterans

    Carol L. Allen|Aug 1, 2023

    Editor's Note: Although there are many ways to help and honor our veterans, here is a summary (in no particular order) of some. Even though there are some ratings -- by letter -- below, this publication does not recommend any one above another; that is for individuals to decide. Some Top Choices Among Veterans Charities Armed Services YMCA of the USA (A) Who We Are: The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is the constant in a military family’s life: on the home front and during deployment, when t... Full story

  • Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association Shotgun Division

    AZBW|Aug 1, 2023

    Phoenix, AZ -Bring your friends and family on Saturday, September 9th, to shoot sporting clays at Ben Avery's Clay Target Center, 5060 W. Skeet Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85086. Hosted by Arizona State Rifle &Pistol Association's Shotgun Division, in commemoration of Patriot Day 9/11,so we do not forget. The "100 Big Bangs for Freedom" sporting clays tournament, a 100-target competition, starts at 8:30 AM as afundraiser for Valley of the Sun Quail Forever, (VOTSQF) 501(c )(3). Proceeds will benefit... Full story

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