2016 History

Scottie's Last Day

November 30, 2016 was Scottie's last day at the Jefferson County Veterans Service Office. Several veterans gathered at the Senior Center to thank her for her many years of service to our veteran community.

Veterans Day in Madras

November 11, 2016 The Erickson Aircraft Collection and the Madras VFW Post were proud to present the third annual Tribute to our Veterans. Guest speakers included WWII "Rosie the Riveter" Robbie Peoples and WWII pilot Thomas Herrod (author of the book "One Pilots Story").

The Madras High School JROTC cadets presented the Colors with pride and professionalism. Special thanks to them for helping make this program a success!

JROTC Cadets Post Colors

Madras High School student Jasmin Silverson had the honor of singing the National Anthem. What a wonderful performance! We thank you Jasmin from the bottom of our hearts!

The Madras Cub Scout troop assisted by handing out Buddy Poppies to all attendees resulting in significant donations to our Relief Fund. We sincerely thank the scouts for their help and patriotism.

Elementary school students from The Zone kids club presented veterans with special hand written cards thanking them for their service. All of the veterans receiving cards were VERY appreciative of this patriotic gesture. VERY much appreciated by all!

Craig McDonald and Leonard Hellwig at the Raffle Tables
The Venue
The Crowd

Veteran Service Officer Funding Concerns

November 15, 2016 Upon learning the Jefferson County Veteran Service Officer's (VSO) budget is facing a significant shortfall many local veterans attended the County Commissioner's meeting to voice their concerns. It appears the budget shortfall will impact only one person in the office at this time. All the veterans present recommended the Commissioners do everything in their power to maintain the current staffing level. Wait time for an appointment with the VSO is currently about two weeks. Should additional reductions in staff occur we could be facing a significant increase in wait time.

Veterans attend the Commissioner's meeting

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce just released two videos about our great community.

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Madras, Oregon: Beyond the Windsheild


Madras: Did You Know

VFW Post 12141 is proud to be a chamber member!

Congressman Greg Walden Hold Town Hall With Veterans

Greg Walden visit
Greg Walden Town Hall with local veterans
Carl with The Riviter
Many great questions and comments regarding veteran healthcare and claims

VFW Member Carl Smith selected for the September Honor Flight

Honor Flight group photo
Group photo when returning to Portland
Carl with The Riviter
Carl with "The Riviters"
Commander Floyd Leach & Carl
Commander Floyd Leach and Carl

Culver Crawdad Festival

Poker Run Winners
Winners presented with their prizes
Commander Floyd Leach presents certificates of appreciation
Commander Floyd Leach presents certificates of appreciation to Culver Mayor

VFW Donates TV to Senior Center

TV Dedication
Commander Floyd Leach (right) and QM Len Parsons present television to Senior Center BOD

(July 15, 2016) The Madras VFW Post donated a 43" television to the Jefferson County Senior Center to replace the old reader board and the "white board" calendar located in the lobby. The new television continously scrolls through several slides that show the lunch menu for both the Madras and Culver Senior Centers, upcoming events at the Senior Center and throughout the community. Additional slides show items of interest to our veterans and a few photos from throughout Jefferson County. Anyone having a photo or event they would like to share may do so via the "Contact Us" button (above). There are also a limited number of advertisements from local merchants. If you would like to see your company here please us the "Contact Us" button.

Veterans and Senior Center BOD
Veterans and Senior Center BOD

VFW Booth July Fourth at Sahalee Park

Bill Apgar and Helbert Thomas manning the booth

(July 4, 2016) Post members and the public enjoyed a beautiful day at the park. Activities included one of the biggest Independence Day parade in the city of Madras history and the drawing of the winner of the VFW post's Waikiki Vacation raffle.

Commander Floyd Leach drives Kenny Bicart's WWII jeep in the parade