I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many Colfax area residents for their support at our monthly pancake breakfast on the second Sunday of every month. As the single most revenue-generating event we put on, we want to invite everyone to come enjoy a very good breakfast, meet new friends and help support many programs we provide in our community. You’ve most likely heard of us. Our initials — VFW — are emblazoned on some 9,000 Posts around the world. We are the nation’s oldest major veterans group, and we’ve been part of the country’s social fabric for more than 100 years. The Veterans of Foreign Wars is an organization of more than 1.7 million veterans who have served overseas in war zones or areas demanding hazardous duty. The community service endeavors of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary go well beyond the realm of “veterans helping veterans.” From organizing assistance to our military and their families, to volunteering in Veterans Administration hospitals, to mentoring children in schools and with groups like the Boy Scouts, volunteers are an integral part of our community. I would like to highlight just a few of our accomplishments this past year. Community service projects provided more than 19 million hours of volunteer service. VFW and Auxiliary members spent or donated nearly $67 million to complete these projects. The Voice of Democracy high school audio essay contest provided more than $2.5 million in college scholarships. The Buddy Poppy program raised more than $15 million that is used for service programs relief for needy veterans. Volunteers, those who would help others, are truly great Americans. If our precious heritage is to continue to be a meaning full one, it must be passed on unchanged and untainted. The VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary means to see that this happens and this is why our members believe in the statement “honor the dead by helping the living.” Please join us for our next pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Hall on Sunset Circle. If you are a veteran and are eligible for VFW membership, then we invite you to join us for a complimentary breakfast. Have you ever been curious about the VFW? Get your questions answered in a casual environment. You can help all veterans and the community by joining the VFW! Thank you for your support. Bob Candler, Judge Advocate, VFW Post 2003.