By Michael P. Mauer
A Mon Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars post has been picked to be West Mifflin Borough’s Group Of The Year.
A non-political committee of borough residents and Mayor Chris Kelly selected Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 914 ‘Intrepid’ West Mifflin for this prestigious accolade. A formal presentation of a plaque will be made Aug. 29 during VFW Post 914’s monthly meeting 7 p.m. at the Thompson Run Athletic Association on Ball Avenue, West Mifflin.
“It is our duty as Americans to honor our veterans that have sacrificed their time, health and lives to safeguard our nation’s freedoms,” Kelly said.
This has been a good year for the West Mifflin veterans’ group. For 2019, it is the only VFW All State Post in Allegheny County.
Also this year, VFW Post 914 won the Department of Pennsylvania Van Zandt Award for the most new and reinstated post members as a percentage of membership. Two years ago, it was selected as an All American Post. But according to the unit’s commander, congratulating many more people will come with winning this latest honor.
“This award wasn’t just earned by the veterans here, but by all of those in the Borough of West Mifflin who’ve supported us over the years,” said VFW Post 914 Commander Jake Bradich, an Iraq War veteran. “Every member of this community who has donated through our Buddy Poppy program, every person who has attended a borough ceremony recognizing our veterans has helped us – and deserves to be recognized.”
Activities the West Mifflin post has been involved in over the last three decades include supporting student scholarship programs, visiting hospitalized veterans, and participating in fundraising to assist the VFW’s network of service officers. The veterans’ group has also regularly participated in Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Patriots Day ceremonies in the borough. Additionally, its honor guard and rifle team have flown the colors and fired salutes at the annual openings of youth league sporting events.
The West Mifflin unit is unique among many local veterans’ service organizations as it does not own a bar, or have auxiliary or social members. All of the men and women on its roster have been decorated with a campaign or occupational medal, and meet the requirements of membership into the VFW.
For more information about VFW Post 914 and its activities, visit the group’s website at: http://traa.weebly.com/vfw-post-914.html, or contact VFW Post 914 Commander Bradich at: 412 508-1313.