Barnegat VFW Receives National Recognition

By Eric Englund | Oct 30, 2019

Barnegat — Since becoming commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10092 in Barnegat Township, Francis Healey has put a strong emphasis on community outreach programs. His efforts have been recognized as the post has won a National Outstanding Community Service Award from the VFW national headquarters in Kansas City.

“As a veterans organization it is important for us to be an active part of our community, and surrounding areas where we can be of assistance to veterans, their families and our schools,” said Healey.

Prior to his becoming commander, the post offered two scholarships for Barnegat High School students. It also coordinated two essay contests, a Patriots Pen, for junior high school students, and a Voice of Democracy, open to high school youngsters.

“Beginning in 2017, we started a police, fire and EMS recognition awards programs for Barnegat,” he said. “Later, we began a Junior ROTC recognition and awards program for the high school, along with the Christmas in Camouflage program with the elementary schools.”

Healey said last year, the post expanded those programs to include Stafford Township schools and Southern Regional High School and its Junior ROTC program.

“We did this because Stafford doesn’t have a VFW chapter,” he said. “And like what we did in Barnegat, we also started a recognition awards program for Stafford police, fire and EMS.”

Healey said each community project gets closely reviewed.

“Everything we do has to be thoroughly documented,” he said. “It’s like a military chain of command. First, we’re evaluated by our local District 12. Then it goes to the state headquarters and after that, to the national headquarters. Doing these projects takes a lot of work, especially with reading and judging of the essay contests. But getting this special recognition makes it all worth it, and we hope to keep looking for opportunities to help the community.” E.E.

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