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Reaching out into our communities is vital to our Post, developing relationships with

community leaders,media,school and local civic groups greatly assists us in

achieving the VFW mission. Post 1540 spends countless hours:
-Handing out Buddy Poppies
-Visiting Military Hospitals, VA Hospitals and Clinics
-Honoring our deceased and MIA at ceremonies
-Participating in patriotic parades
-Participating in Veterans Service boards, commissions, and other organizations

                                                    Additional Department Awards 
Special Projects Award
The Department will recognize all Posts and Districts than engage in unique, extraordinary community service projects that go above and beyond what is expected.  These projects will then be submitted for consideration to the national VFW Special Projects Award Program.   All
projects must meet the basic requirements set forth in the National Program to be considered .
Projects should be nominated with 12 months of completion.  deadline for submission is
NOVEMBER 1, 2014.   Each Post that submits a qualified entry will receive one point towards All-State Honors. 
New Member Community Service Volunteer of the Year Award
The Department will recognize a "VFW New Community Service Volunteer of the Year".   Each Post is asked to submit one (1) new VFW member (less than two (2) years) for the Department Award.  Post nominations will be submitted using the guidelines of the National award application.  Deadline for submission is April 1, 2015.   Each Post that submits a qualified entry will receive (5) points towards All-State Honors.
Outstanding Community Service Post Award
The Department will recognize three (3) "Outstanding Community Service" Posts
                       Special Community Service Projects 
Gold Star Mother Program
Gold Star Mothers is composed of American mothers who lost a son or daughter during World War I, World War II. the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Beirut, Grenada, Panama, the Persian
Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Saudi  Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, all Strategic Areas, or while in service to our country.  Gold Star Mothers serve an important roll in our VA healthcare system.
The Commander suggests supporting Gold Star Mothers though financial contributions.  Contributions can be made from the Post Relief Fund.  Contributions must be made through the Department of Michigan VFW and earmarked Gold Star Mothers to receive points towards All-State Honors. 
Blue Star Mothers are composed of mothers that have a son or daughter serving in the Military today.  The Commander suggests that we start working more with this organization by offering our Posts as meetings places for these mothers and helping them to send items to their loved ones.  Points will be awarded for All-State for working with Blue Star Mothers.
VFW Operation Uplink
Help our servicemen/women call home.  This VFW program has helped over 2.2 million servicemen/women and hospitalized veteran's call home.  Contributions must be made through the Department of Michigan VFW and earmarked Operation Uplink to receive points towards the All-State Honors.