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Hebert-Kennedy Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3979 was named in honor of Arthur Herbert and Wallace and John Kennedy, who heroically died in WWII as members of the U.S. Air Force. The VFW Post 3979 has been located at 210 Arch Street since it was purchased in 1947. The VFW is open to the public to enjoy food, beverages, events, and more. Their VFW Bar and social clubs offer happy hour specials, excellent food, pool and dart leagues, entertainment such as BINGO, karaoke, games like smear and cribbage, and gambling. They also have a spacious Banquet Hall for rent and a commercial kitchen.
We interviewed Ron Stigers, Commander of Post 3979, and Gary Dahl, past Commander of Post 3979, both huge advocates of the VFW and veterans. The mission of the VFW is to provide comradeship, assist families and veterans in accessing services and programs, foster patriotism, and more. They have several programs, including the Honor Guard, Community Service, POW / MIA, and Veteran Outreach. VFW Post 3979 continues to support improvements to Cloquet’s Veterans Park and has been instrumental in developing memorials such as the Veterans Memorial Wall and Plaza.
In recent years, the Cloquet American Legion #262, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 18 of Carlton County, and Cloquet Eagles #1163 have consolidated their location at the Cloquet VFW. The Cloquet American Legion is a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. The Carlton County DAV is an organization that ensures veterans and their families have access to the full range of benefits available to them as they transition back to civilian life. The Cloquet Eagles is a fraternal organization providing social events for members.
The VFW began in 1899 with the core mission of securing rights and benefits for veterans who have served their country. The VFW has been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a G.I. bill for the 20th Century, the development of the national cemetery system, and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory by passing a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America’s active-duty service members and members of the Guard and Reserves fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The VFW has also fought to improve V.A. medical center services for female veterans.
Those wishing to become VFW members must be U.S. citizens, having had Honorable Service, a Service in war, a campaign, or an expedition on foreign soil or hostile waters. Those with family members who meet these criteria may join as VFW Auxiliary members.
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