ALL VETERANS WHO SERVED OVERSEAS DURING DECLARED CONFLICTS AND THEIR SPOUSES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN OUR POST!
Current qualifying campaign service from present to past:
Iraq 2003 -
Afghanistan 2001 -
Global War on Terrorism - EXPEDITIONARY 2001 -
Bosnia/Kosovo 1995 -
Desert Shield/Storm 1990 - 1995
Expeditionary Operations 1958 - 2003 (Thailand, Grenada, Libya, Panama, Haiti, Somalia, etc.)
Vietnam 1958 - 75
Korea 1955 -
Korean War 1950 - 54
Post-WW II Occupation 1945 - 90 (Berlin)
Post-WWII Occupation 1945 - 55 (Europe, Korea, Japan)
World War II
Pre-World War II
Veterans of Foreign Wars eligibility includes qualified recipients of:
Imminent Danger/Hostile Fire Pay*
SSBN Nuclear Deterrent Patrol*
*Specify period covered if no other reported qualifying service.
VFW Eligibility Information (Rev. 07/27/2016)
QUARTERMASTER Clarence Merritt and ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER Robert Schaeffer at the December 5, 2011 Collegedale Commission Meeting presenting a plaque on behalf of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697 to Rodney Keeton, Director of Public Works, Utilities, Parks & Recreation of the City of Collegedale, Tennessee in appreciation for his hard work over the years in support of the Veterans Memorial Park.
FOR THE CAPTION HOVER YOUR MOUSE POINTER ON THE PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW AND CLICK TO ENLARGE THEM.
is a Poem dedicated to All Surviving Spouses of our Post . . . please scroll to the bottom of the page link.
regarding Hospice services for Veterans: please go to 09 JAN 2020 in
A new excerpt, Pages 86-87, was added to Raymond C. Browns's SERVICE STORY from his book Hey, Got Time for a War Story?
Please scroll down to the bottom of page
new Webmaster, Aidan Melton!
After eight years it's time a new generation takes over. In fact, sixty years separate him and me, but age--whether old or young--is no barrier to creativity and patriotism. Aidan, you have lots of boosters, some you know and more you don't, yet. Congratulations on your new assignment to oversee
--Lewis L. Szerecz
NEXT UP: 12 DEC 2019 for more from Wesley Crider.
Wesley Crider, the world-renowned guitar virtuoso, played Christmas favorites on December 14, 2017, for us.
Announcing our Facebook page
administered by Assistant Webmaster Marc Baker in friendly rivalry with this Webpage and its Webmaster in parallel but compatible tracks! Thanks, Marc, for your outstanding effort. We all applaud and appreciate you.
For more on REBOOT COMBAT RECOVERY and FIRSTLINE RESPONDERS Trauma Recovery see 14 FEB 2019 in News and Events from 2017 on
J. VERNON HEROD, the first commander of our VFW Post 1697, shares his Service Story about World War II here.
Amazing how the music keeps coming! AMBERHOPE VELBIS is a performer extraordinaire who sings her original songs and arrangements while accompanying herself on the keyboard. She graced our Post on 11 JAN 2018 sharing her inspiring skill.
See Alan Blankenship's photographs from Vietnam with the US Army's 5th Infantry Division 1/77 Armor Scouts during 1969 and 1970.
See the Purple Heart Mural dedicated
on 31 MAY 2016
in Collegedale, Tennessee!
Read a young Patriot’s Tribute to Our Military here.
Announcing a new page on our Web site, VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK, featuring news and views of this unique Collegedale, Tennessee, landmark.
Link here to our national organization!
Special link to our fellow Veterans in the local American Legion: http://collegedale-americanlegion.org/
See OUR PROJECTS for highlights from the 2013 and 2016 Armed Forces Day Parades and 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Armed Forces Day Luncheons.
View the updates on our Site under NEWS & EVENTS FROM 2020 ON. Previous entries under NEWS & EVENTS 2017 TO 2020, NEWS & EVENTS 2014 TO 2016 and NEWS & EVENTS 2011 TO 2013 are tabbed at the top of each page.
City employees and Veterans teamed up to replace worn State flags in Collegedale (Tennessee) Veterans Memorial Park on Friday, 21 FEB 2014, Wednesday, 01 APR 2015, Friday, 07 APR 2017, and Friday, 14 JUN 2019.
Check out SERVICE STORIES from Veterans of our Post! COMRADES Raymond C. Brown, Bill Nutt, Noble B. Vining and J. Vernon Herod start us out, followed by as many as will consent to share their SERVICE STORIES to encourage new generations to serve and defend our Beloved Land.
to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1697
SPECIAL EVENT: Flag Retirement Ceremony was conducted by Ooltewah, Tennessee Boy Scouts of America Troop 147 at Collegedale VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK on Saturday, 03 DEC 2011.