Here in Jackson, Missouri, the VFW provide for youth programs, bicycle safety (Light a Bike Week), and sports. The Auxiliary supports the national home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan by buying school supplies for fifty children at the home. Buddy Poppy Days mark our annual fund raising event. Benefits go to the post, the auxiliary, and the disabled veterans who are employed in making the poppies. There is a waiting list for the poppies.
The Auxiliary and Post members have a stand in "October Days" at Pioneer Orchard. They also conduct numerous raffles. The men hold a Veterans Day Breakfast on Veterans Day and put out flags (112 at last count) at the Brookside Memorial to Veterans of All Wars ten times during the year, taking care to remove and store the flags.
The Post helps the Auxiliary decorate the three wings of the Missouri Veterans Home on major holidays (four times a year). Donations, such as the book "The VFW The First Century" and a flag pole, were made to Riverside Regional Library.
The VFW conducts a "Voice of Democracy" essay contest for local high school students. (In 1999, our district's contestant won second in the nation, and in 2000, our contestant won a full four year scholarship to Harvard. Both contestants are from Oran, Missouri.)
Four times a year, the VFW scours the Fruitland I-55 exchange for trash and debris.
Members have been asked to speak to students in the Junior High History classes about experience in service.
The Post and Auxiliary work together to maintain the Brookside Park Sunken Garden.
And in many other untold ways, the VFW Post 10495 and its Ladies Auxiliary touch many aspects of the Jackson community and citizens.