The 2018 National President of The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary, Sandi Kriebel, was honored at a reception at the Natchitoches VFW Post Friday, Nov. 30. Ms. Kriebel spent the past few days in Natchitoches as part of her duties to visit all 50 states, or “Departments” as they are referred to by the VFW. She arrived in Louisiana Wednesday and began a busy schedule of touring local historical sites and getting a taste of Louisiana culture and culinary excellence from her hosts. On her visits, she meets with local leaders of VFW and VFW Auxiliary posts, visits Veteran’s Administration facilities and promotes the cause of serving our nation’s veterans, active duty military and their families. On her last day in Louisiana, she laid a wreath at the Natchitoches Veteran’s Park, was presented a key to the City of Natchitoches by Mayor Lee Posey and spoke about the VFW and VFW Auxiliary at Friday’s reception hosted by the Natchitoches VFW Post.
President Kriebel is a native of Ellicott City, MD and is the daughter of a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. She has been associated with the VFW Auxiliary since she was 12 years old and is the mother of a disabled Desert Storm Navy veteran. She was elected as the National VFW Auxiliary President in July of 2017 and will serve a one year term as its National President. She was joined at the reception by Louisiana State VFW Auxiliary President Ms. Angelia McCoy and Mr. Matthew J. West, State Commander, Department of Louisiana.
One of President Kriebel’s goals for her term is highlighting the VFW National Home for Children, a 640 acre facility in Eaton Rapids, MI that has 52 homes available for veterans, widows, orphans and families of veterans who need a helping hand. President Kriebel was presented a check for $800.00 by St. John Berchman’s 6th grader Teresa Fields whose parents are members of Coushatta’s VFW Post 7287. The VFW Children’s Home was the recipient of a school-wide fundraiser.
The 407,585 members of the VFW Auxiliary, joined by the approximately 1.2 million veterans who are members of the VFW, represent one of the largest and most powerful voices for veteran’s issues in the country. In addition to veteran’s advocacy, the VFW and Auxiliary promote patriotism, give scholarships to young people and work to make their communities a better place. From the halls of Congress to the wards of VA hospitals, these men and women work tirelessly for those who have served our nation and their families.
State Commander Matthew West pointed out that there are 12,500 VFW members in Louisiana, less than 10 percent of the 223,000 combat veterans living in the state. Think of the good that could be done if that membership percentage grew.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the event photography. The album is open and anyone may download any they wish. If you do download a photo, please consider a donation to the VFW National Children’s Home. We wish President Kriebel safe travels and commend her for her advocacy for Veterans and their families.