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President Kennedy said once "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." There are few ways less noble to serve our country than through the military. The courage and strength that you all exude are qualities which deserve only our highest gratitude. I cannot thank you enough for what you have done.

  Event Calendar  
  Veteran Outreach  
Date: 6/24/2017
Location: Camp Trotter

VTS Camp Totter June 24, 2017
Gold Star Mothers Banquet
Date: 10/1/2017
Location: Post 4659

VFW District 5 Gold Star Mothers Banquet Sunday October 1, 2017
118th VFW National Convention
Date: 7/22/2017
Location: New Orleans, La., "The Big Easy"

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, July 22-26, 2017
118th VFW National Convention
Date: 7/23/2017
Location: New Orleans, La., "The Big Easy"

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, July 22-26, 2017
Meeting in Flint
Date: 6-5-2014 at 6PM
Location: Flint, Michigan

Department Convention Flint Gateway

As yesterday’s defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today’s military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

Korean War
Vietnam War
Persian Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
War in Iraq
War on Global Terror

and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.


"Coming home doesn't mean the battle is over". With over 10 times the amount of veterans lost to suicide than to combat operations in the same time period, there has never been a more important time to TAKE A STAND and DO something to support our veterans!!

If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, we have people that have shared a similar experience and are ready to help.




Welcome to Post 1008

Recent Events & Photos
  As yesterday's defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group. Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service in the Persian Gulf, Korea, Kosovo, the war on terrorism or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns. Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace.

There are many people to thank in the historical background of Post 1008. With the various mergers over the years, it presents an interesting history.  Post 1008, founded on February 7, 1950 as Water Wonderful Post 1008.  At this point, the Post was meeting in the American Legion Hall on Paddock and Pike.

Members of VFW Post 1370 formerly met in the basement of a local bar located on Saginaw and Rapid St., owned by Paul Parks.  Several members of Post 1370 would later transfer to Post 1008 to bolster the ranks of the Post.  .

In 1964, the David Belisle Post 4102 of Drayton Plains merged with Post 1008. Stanley Stewart was the commander of Post 4102 and served as the interim commander until the post-election of 1965. The merged posts merged under the number 1008 opened on October 15th, 1967 and elected Clell L. "Mutt” Morse as its first commander.

The purchase of the current post building is a true story of dedication and faith in the importance of Post 1008.

Five members stepped forth and determined to give Post 1008 a home of its own. Clell "Mutt” Morse, George Pappas, Dixie White, Kenneth Gilmore and Robert Almas risked everything when they collateralized their homes to take a 25 year mortgage on the property at 1690 Airport Road. With the money secured, they also helped to renovate an old airframe machine shop into a rental hall and Veterans of Foreign Wars post. No member of Post 1008 will ever forget the level of commitment these individuals exhibited.

In 1993, the Post merged yet again, this time with the David Belisle Post 1008 and Heart of the Lakes (Keego Harbor) Post 2706. In a symbolic act of unification, the family of David Belisle gave permission for the name of the post to change to Heart of the Lakes to welcome the new membership from Post 2706, while keeping the Post 1008 number. The first commander of the newly unified post was Richard Coe.

Undoubtedly, many people have strived to keep Post 1008 open and thriving so that it can continue to serve the needs of our veteran community.




Our Mission

  "That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies."

VFW POST 1008 News


New Changes at 1008 !!!
Come check out our new introductions.


Veterans Burial Allowance
US Veteran Burial Benefits: New Changes


Statewide News


VTS Camp Trotter
VTS Camp Totter June 24, 2017 Registration Form


Veterans of Foreign Wars updated Fact Sheet
As the nation’s oldest major veterans’ organization, the VFW has an impeccable and longstanding record of service and stewardship. More than 4 million patriotic Americans, both members and non-members, entrust the VFW with financial contributions and dedicate millions of volunteer hours.


National News


VFW Salutes United States Army for 241 Years of Service
Our nation’s soldiers are America’s true heroes.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – June 14, 2016, marks the 241st year of service from the United States Army. The U.S. Army has evolved drastically since it was originally organized as the Continental Army in 1775; battlefields have transformed, weaponry has evolved, faces have come and gone, military uniforms have varied, but one thing holds fast: the bravery and the heart of the individuals who wear the uniform, and their commitment to their mission.


VFW to Deliver Veterans’ Voice to Congress
2017 Legislative Conference runs Feb. 26 - March 2 in Washington

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Next weekend, more than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., the nation’s largest and oldest war veterans’ organization begin rallying in Washington, D.C., to voice the concerns of veterans directly with the nation’s lawmakers during the 2017 VFW Legislative Conference, Feb. 26 – March 2.


What Others are Saying


The Officers

"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." I agree wholeheartedly that it is the dedication of a lifetime that defines true patriotism.  You all have given not only your time, dedication and effort, but—most importantly—your very being to the protection and advancement of this great country. You work tirelessly for the rights of the veterans who serve our country, while conducting the nation’s finest civic training to instill young future leaders with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to govern this country.



A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. ~John Maxwell

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