POST 2485 CURRENTLY 10TH LARGEST IN VFW

I am pleased to report that for the 29th consecutive year the Post on 3 March 2017 reached 100% in membership with 1662 members. Our goal is to have 1700 members by 30 June 2017 which will be a new record high for the recruiting year which ends on that date. To all of you members out there, think membership and recruit a new member.

Life Membership dues are IAW the following schedule:

Age Current Fees Thru Age 31 $425 Age 31-40 $410 Age 41-50 $375 Age 51-60 $335 Age 61-70 $290 Age 71-80 $225 Age 81 + $170

By popular demand, The post will continue to pay a $50.00 subsidy towards life membership dues.

The Post established a special Life Membership incentive program for members’ sons and daughters who are serving or have served in harms way and are otherwise eligible to join the VFW. For those sons and daughters the cost of a Life Membership will be only $100! The remaining costs will be paid from donations and Post funds. This program will be in effect until 30 June 2017.

To determine eligibility click VFW National Web site "eligibility listing" page. The eligibility page requires Adobe Reader. Click here to download a free copy of Adobe Reader .

Click here for the membership application. The membership application requires Adobe Reader. Click here to download a free copy of Adobe Reader.

Provide a copy of your latest DD-214 or eligibility document with your application.

Duplicate DD-214's can be obtained online by clicking eVetRecs.

Make checks payable to VFW Post 2485 and send the application along with a copy of your latest DD-214 or eligibility document to:

VFW Post 2485 Attn: Membership Chairman PSC 517 Box 4930 FPO AP 96517-1000 US MILITARY VETERANS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Belonging to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States can help protect your earned benefits as a Veteran. Through our lobbying efforts we provide a single voice for your concerns directly to Congress and the President, backed by the power of our unified voting membership. Additionally, highly trained Service Officers stand ready to assist with individual VA entitlements, benefits and claims.

VFW Post 2485 in Angeles City, Pampanga is centrally located to one of the largest OCONUS Veteran population centers in the world with close proximity to Subic and Metro Manila. The Department of the Pacific Areas Service Officer, who can represent veterans before the VA through a Power of Attorney, is also located at Post 2485. In Manila we have the only VA Regional Office outside the United States. However, this accomplishes little for you if you have not applied for benefits, or are not properly represented. The Department Service Officer maintains an office at the VA Regional Office in Manila if this is more convenient for you. We are here to help if you reach out, let us know you and join Post 2485. Our Department Service Officer is Jonathan (JP) Portis, email address dpadso@vfwdeptpacific.org

We are one of the largest VFW Posts worldwide with over 1650 members. Our Post Home in Angeles City hosts a full service Bar and Restaurant, Business Center and RAO Mailroom. If you have not visited our facility, please do so when in the area.

Our programs provide a wide range of services to our membership as well as the local community. For over two decades Post 2485 maintained the Veterans Cemetery at Clark and we continue to provide an Honor Guard and burial assistance to families to help assure our departed comrades are honorably buried. In fact, our Post was instrumental in getting the American Battle Monuments Commission to assume responsibility for the care and future administration of this honored cemetery which includes war dead from the Spanish American and Philippine American Wars, to include several Civil War Veterans who later served in the Philippines.

Also of interest is our support for the return of the Bells of Balangiga. Balangiga is a small town in Southern Samar and the site of a tragic event that occurred in 1901 during the dark days of the U.S. – Philippine relationship. As a matter of reconciliation, many members of our Post are working with other Veteran organizations to help facilitate the return of the Bells to the church tower in Balangiga from which they were removed and to help create a new Philippine American War Memorial Plaza honoring those that died on both sides of the war.

We are also involved in numerous community service activities such as supporting the Boy Scouts of America, a recycling program, and providing free mahogany trees for planting to help make a greener Philippines. However, our flagship initiative involves providing medical assistance and surgical help for indigent children having cleft lips and cleft palates. This is a totally free service for the families of the children. To date, we have helped over 1300 children. If you know of, or have somebody in your local area that needs our help, please let us know!

Help us help you. Protect your benefits, join our Post and help us become the largest VFW Post worldwide! For information on VFW Post 2485 membership, benefits or representation please contact Post 2485 membership Chairman Cliff Wilsey @ clffwilsey@gmail.com