George Newton VFW Post 1607

In The Community

Community service is an important priority for VFW Post 1607. Volunteering each year, the members work closely with other national and community organizations as well as individual citizens. The VFW’s service programs are designed to encourage community service, civic responsibility, and stimulate interest in America’s history and traditions.

VFW Post 1607 participates in:

Support to Veterans – VFW Post 1607 actively works to recognize and represent the needs of local veterans. Social events and fundraisers are held throughout the year to help support military servicemen and their families directly and/or through special programs. Post 1607 also acts as an advocate for veterans as a group, bringing their concerns to town and state officials.

Public Commemorations for Patriotic Days –VFW Post 1607 plans and participates in town ceremonies taking place at various locations such as Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street South, next to the Southbury Senior Center. Ceremonies include Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. VFW Post 1607 members often speak on topics such as veterans, civic pride, and their personal memories of the military. These commemorations honor America’s veterans and cultivate an appreciation of both the responsibilities and benefits of being an American.

Thank A Soldier Program – A program set up as a tribute to local residents serving in all branches of the military, to help them  with their air travel costs when coming home to their families and community. This program was started in 2007 and the first recipient was Cpl. Jeffrey Elmore, a Pomperaug High School graduate and member of the Marine Corps. Contact us for information, or to add a Southbury soldier to the recipient list. Donations for Thank A Soldier may be mailed to VFW Post 1607, P.O. Box 1230, Southbury, CT 06488.

Support Group for Parents of Military Men and Women – A support group is being formed by the VFW for all parents of military men and women who are serving their country. Prayers and comfort are needed to ad them in their struggle, while their children fight this national war. Contact us for information if you are interested.

Boy Scouts of America – VFW Post 1607’s partnership with the Boy Scouts of America includes sponsorship of Southbury Boy Scout Troop 1607.
Grave Site Remembrance Flags –
Under the guidance of VFW Post 1607, local Boy Scout Troops 1607, 60 and 162 will place and remove American Flags from the graves of more than 500 veterans who are buried in one of the town’s  cemeteries for the Memorial Day holiday.

VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship – VFW Post 1607 sponsors participation in the VFW National Scout of the Year Scholarship Program which provides a large monetary award to an outstanding scout who is the recipient of a Boy Scout Eagle Award, a Venture Scouting Silver Award or a Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. The second place winner receives a $3,000 award. Link here for contest criteria.

Voice of Democracy High School Oral Presentation Scholarship – VFW Post 1607 sponsors participation for Pomperaug High School students in the VFW’s National Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program. An audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12, it is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students a chance to voice their opinion in a three to five minute essay. More than $3.5 million nationwide in scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 are provided. Link here for contest criteria and this year’s theme or entry form.

Patriots’ Pen Middle School Essay Scholarship – VFW Post 1607 sponsors participation for Rochambeau Middle School and Memorial Middle School in the VFW’s National Patriot’s Pen Scholarship Program. A youth essay writing competition which gives students in grades 6, 7, and 8 the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. Top national winners receive a savings bond anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. Link here for contest criteria and this year’s theme or entry form.

Buddy Poppy Program – Selling replicas of the original Flanders’ poppy raises money to provide compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation’s veterans. The red poppy is a flower that evokes the memories and emotions of war after the publication of a poem, “In Flander’s Field”, written by Col. John McCrae of Canada.


George Newton VFW Post 1607