VFW Post 7907 Heroes Then & Now
This year the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) celebrates 109 years of tradition, community service and veterans’ service. The Poway Post 7907 of the VFW proudly serves the community, greater San Diego, the Department of California and the Nation. The heroes involved are actively dedicating their time to promote patriotism, remember the sacrifice, honor the dead, help the living and provide community service. We were honored to sit down with members of the Post [on-site] to learn about their service history, what their passions are and how the Post is directly reflective of Poway and the wonderful citizenry the 92064 community exudes. Post Commander, Richard Miller and Ladies Auxiliary President, Lisa Dumolt discuss the genuine camaraderie of the members and the many programs the Post delivers to the community and community at large with the goal of supporting our veterans, schools, scouts, law enforcement and educators. It is evident, after learning about Post 7907, the group carries on a rich tradition of enhancing the lives of others through their continued service. Many thanks!
92064: What is the history behind VFW Post 7907?
Miller: The Post was founded around 1957 based on a Deed of Trust. The Founders recall their humble beginning with dirt floors and no money in the bank.
92064: What is your role as Commander of Post 7907?
Miller: Preside at all meetings, conducting them in accordance with the By-Laws and other Parliamentary rules. Approve all disbursements of funds properly authorized by the Post. Appoint certain Officers (most are elected by membership). Assure the office of the Quartermaster (Finance Officer) is bonded.
92064: When and why did you become involved with the Post?
Miller: I joined the Post as a Life Member shortly after retiring from BAE Systems, so that I could be of service to a fundamentally military organization made up of Veterans of the military who served in “harm’s way” in Foreign Wars. Likewise, I also joined the Fleet Reserve Association and the American Legion, so I might support these organizations as did the Marine Corps did for me from 1950-1979+.
92064: What is the most rewarding part about being part of and leading the Post?
Miller: The camaraderie that exists among all of the personnel is among the top reasons.
92064: Why should someone who is reading this who is a veteran consider joining the Post?
Miller: As a member of the VFW, we care for the Veterans within the community in their time of need(s) – in sickness, in financial difficulties, etc. We also support our members with Veteran Hospital needs, via “hands-on” Service Officers who are aware of the proper steps to take, and we tell stories to each other about the wars they were in from WW11 through Afghanistan. Our members range in age from the 20’s with Travis Primrose (recently honorably discharged) through our senior Ray Chavez, 102 years. Membership is presently near 600, but we still would prefer to double that number in years ahead, since Poway has a large number of active duty and retired military.
– Richard Miller[/quote]
92064: What are the upcoming events the Post has that you would like to share with our readers?
Miller: The Buddy Poppy program whereby we raise the majority of the money to support our charitable efforts. We also have a Wheelchair Fund, Service Fund, Programs Fund, Military Services Fund and a Legislative Fund – all of these are based on contributions. We honor Teachers, host the Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy School competitions and present the awards. Additionally, we honor the local Fire Department personnel and Law Enforcement personnel with lunch or dinner to celebrate their honorable service to the community.
The Post has been active in the creation of the Veteran’s Park with many of our member still serving on their Committee. Post members also enter the Parades in Poway, present awards to Scouts and honor Miss Poway during events.
92064: Tell us about the upcoming Veteran’s Day activities the Post members will be participating in.
Miller: Veteran’s Day is normally a shared event between the FRA, ELKS, and the VFW, who represent the majority of Veterans in Poway. Early in the day, we have a guest speaker who addresses those who attend the ceremony at the Dearborn Park Cemetery with speakers from the VFW and the FRA plus their Women’s Auxiliary, a gun salute by the Scouts, and a presentation of Taps by our local Military. Then, everyone attending plus the public is invited to either the VFW or the FRA for a free lunch of dogs/burger, etc.
92064: What is the Post’s involvement with Scouts?
Miller: The VFW is a major force in promoting Democracy, freedom of speech, and character building, both within the Scouting community and the public schools. As such, we become a contributing force with contests leading in those directions through our direct affiliations on a one-on-one involvement with our Post officer and his committees.
92064: What is the Post’s involvement with the local schools?
Miller: School involvement includes the Patriot Pen, Voice of Democracy and Teacher awards/recognition during the year.
92064: What is the Buddy Poppy Program?
Miller: The Buddy Poppy program is a major fund raising event to garner funds to support the Relief Fund which the primary source along with such other dedicated monies as may be solicited or donated for veteran relief purposes. Expenditures from this fund are directed/approved by the general membership.
92064: How do you extend your efforts in the 92064 community?
Miller: As a non-profit 501 C5 organization, we are a non-profit unit that pays taxes, water/electric bills plus workman’s compensation, who employ very few people (about five), participate in parades, school and Scout functions; fire and law enforcement; Veteran Park, Memorial services for those dearly departed and family support to our Veterans – we believe we our an integral part of the community as many of the populace will agree.
92064: How is the Post funded?
Miller: Funding is through membership dues ($35/year), fund raising efforts, sales within the VFW and local donations.
92064: What sets Post 7907 apart from other posts in the District?
Miller: Beyond the fact that we own the property and building we occupy on Old Pomerado Rd. – Nothing. The VFW from Post to District to National “Marches to only one drum” – that of the support of our veterans – Past, Present and Future.
92064: It is clear that the members of the Post spend time socially together. What do the members do for fun?
Miller: Camping, RVing, bus tours, BBQ’s, motorcycle trips (once a year to D.C.) horseshoe tournaments, and cook outs.
92064: Where do you see the Post in five years?
Miller: With the economy and political environment as it is today, it is impossible to predict the next year or two.
92064: What is the history behind VFW as a whole?
Miller: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States traces its roots back to 1899. That year, Veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. In Columbus, Ohio, they founded the American Veterans of Foreign Service. In Denver Co., they organized the Colorado Society, Army of the Philippines.
In 1901, Philippine Veterans in Altoona and Pittsburgh, Penn., started the Philippine War Veterans. The following year, Philadelphia, Penn., became the home of the American Veterans of the Philippine and China Wars. In 1905, these three groups merged with the American Veterans of Foreign Service.
In 1913, the American Veterans of Foreign Service was amalgamated with the Colorado Society, Army of the Philippines and became the Army of the Philippine-Cuba and Puerto Rico, then changed their name to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
~ Robert M. Hylton, Sr. [/quote]
92064: What is the role of the Ladies Auxiliary?
Dumolt: To provide support to veterans and their family members. We assist the Post and participate in numerous service projects. We are an educational organization steeped in history, with an emphasis on Americanism and Patriotism.
92064: How many ladies are members?
92064: How does the auxiliary extend their efforts into the community?
Dumolt: Locally we support veterans groups with fund raisers and visits. For example, we go to the Veterans Home in Chula Vista, The VA Hospital in La Jolla, Stand Down and have participated in fundraisers for projects like the Wounded Warrior Foundation, Freedom Station. During the holidays we contribute to Thanksgiving and Christmas collections for families stationed at MCAS Miramar. Each year we work with the Post to sell Buddy Poppy’s. These sales fund most of our relief projects. Nationally, we provide financial support to numerous projects like The National Home for Children, Operation Uplink, Cancer Aid & Research and several scholarship programs. The Ladies Auxiliary also supports legislation which sustains and supports veteran benefits.
92064: What are some activities you would like to highlight?
Dumolt: In August, one of our members and her husband (a men’s Auxiliary member of the Ramona post) organized a motorcycle Poker Run which raised funds for the Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station.
In September we visited the Veterans Home in Chula Vista. One of our members teaches at a preschool in Poway. She teamed with her fellow staff members to work with the children to make the drawings we took to the Home.
On September 21, the ladies auxiliary will hosted the annual POW/MIA ceremony.
In October we will host a Halloween party for children and grandchildren of Post members. This party (as with the Christmas and Easter parties) will be open to all children in the neighborhood.
In November we will assist in a fundraiser at the VA Hospital in La Jolla and begin holiday collections for the MCAS Miramar families.
In December we visit with and present gift bags to patients in the Spinal Cord Unit at the VA hospital.
92064: What is the history of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars?
Dumolt: The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.
~ Lisa Dumolt[/quote]
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (LAVFW) was established in 1914 – almost 100 years of service to our veterans, their families, communities and our youth. One of the most important programs the Ladies Auxiliary VFW established was donating over $3 million annually towards cancer aid and research. All proceeds are 100%; there is no overhead. The Ladies work hand in hand with our parent organization – the VFW – on Americanism projects, Suicide Awareness, the VFW National Home for Children located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, Veterans and Family Support, various Scholarships including the VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen audio essay contests (top prize $30,000 scholarship), Legislation, Hospital Program as well as Youth Activities.[heading] [tab title=”Post 7907 Info”]
Commander: Richard Miller
Sr. Vice Commander: Gregory Clark
Jr. Vice Commander: Quartermaster: Eddy Ostrom
Quartermaster: Open Position
Chaplain: Joseph Vaineharrison
Judge Advocate: Greg Merritt
Surgeon: Robert Hylton
1st Year Trustee: Vernon DuMolt
2nd Year Trustee: Ed Torres
3rd Year Trustee: Dale Elliott
Adjutant: Richard Graham
Service Officer: Robert Barron
Ways & Means: Chuck Tomko
• VFW was chartered by Congress in 1936
• Each year, more than 51,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
• According to Quartermaster Gordon Belgum currently there are 12 founding members still active in VFW Post 11388.
• There are 26 Million Vets in the US. Roughly 12% of total population.
Official Name of Post: LT Fred Lewis Kent Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 7907
Year Established: 1957
Address: VFW Post 7907, 12342 Old Pomerado Road, Poway, CA 92064
Contact: (858) 748-7907
Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of every month
Mission: “Honor the dead by helping the living” through veterans’ service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.
Number of Members: 600+
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. To 9 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. To 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. To 9 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. To 9 p.m.
Closing hours subject to modification based on canteen activity.