Ansley Knight - VFW Scout of the Year 2015

A Newnan Girl Scout has been named Georgia’s Scout of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Georgia.
The VFW’s Scout of the Year Program honors Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who have displayed “standout citizenship, patriotism, and the love of country.” Scouts are rewarded through the program with college scholarships of up to $5,000.
Seventeen-year-old Ansley Knight is a rising senior at Newnan High School (NHS) and was nominated for Scout of the Year through Newnan’s VFW Post 2667. There she earned Scout of the Year locally and was later named Georgia’s Scout of the Year.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for my participation and volunteer hours accumulated in my 11 years of scouting,” Knight said. “I am proud to represent my fellow Girl Scouts and to be chosen out of all Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Venture Scouts that have earned their highest awards.”
Knight is a member of Girl Scout Troop 19394 and has been involved with the organization since she was a child. She received $100 for the local Scout of the Year award and $500 for the Georgia one.
To be eligible for the VFW’s Scout of the Year Program, a scout must be at least 15 years old and have earned the highest award for his or her branch of scouting. For Knight, the highest award for her as a Girl Scout is the Gold Award.
She received hers earlier this year by creating “Project EcoAthlete,” through which she collected more than 320 pounds of shoes in six months.
In her project, Knight worked with the organization Eco Sneakers and created a shoe drive throughout Newnan.
Knight had collection containers all over the city. To properly place them, she partnered with the Newnan Piedmont Fitness Center, the YMCA Fitness Center, and the Newnan High School Key Club. In addition to having the containers, some of the organizations also hosted different activities to encourage people to donate shoes.
Of the shoes that were collected, the ones in good condition were donated to American soldiers and homeless people in Atlanta. The ones in poor condition were recycled into playground molds and public tracks.
Eco Sneakers gave her $130 for the three hundred pounds of shoes, and she in turn donated the money to Coweta’s Angel’s House.
Knight’s volunteer efforts, including “Project EcoAthlete,” gained national attention when she was named a distinguished finalist in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which is a United States youth recognition program, based on volunteer community service.
“Being Scout of the Year for Georgia has been one of the highest accolades I’ve received, and ranks among the same level – if not higher – than the Prudential Spirit of Community Distinguished finalist recognition that I received in January,” said Knight. “However, if I had not earned my Girl Scout Gold Award, I would never be where I am today nor receive the honor of being named scout of the year.”
For Knight, being scout of the year is also proof the work and hours she has volunteered are a good thing, as well as her current work helping to lead a younger troop of Daisy Scouts.
“Earning the award is a great reassurance that all of my hard work put into scouting is being seen as something that is making a positive change in my community,” she said. “I hope to be able to continue to live by Girl Scout ideals and teach my own Daisy Scouts to live by the Girl Scout law and promise.”
As she continues to lead in the community and the scouting world, Knight encourages those who will now look up to her as Georgia’s Scout of the Year to persevere in their goals and service to the community.
“Although you might think it hard to continue in scouting, earning the Gold Award is one of the greatest and proudest moments you can obtain, and it will affect you positively for the rest of your life,” she said. “No matter how big or small the deed you accomplish, any bit of positive change will a make a difference in the community.”

Newnan and Coweta County's VFW

VFW Post 2667 is located in Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia. We are part of the Department of Georgia's 5th District.

WHO WE ARE

We are: Veterans. Citizens. Families. We are the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States - VFW for short - Post 2667, Newnan, Georgia. VFW Post 2667 was chartered on December 7, 1944 with 125 members.

VFW Post 2667 primarily serves Coweta County. Our membership rolls now include over 160 comrades who served our country under hostile conditions during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Granada, Southwest Asia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

On April 5, 1948, the Coweta County Veterans Club was incorporated with the objective of "promoting social fellowship and companionship among its members." Membership is restricted to comrades in good standing of VFW Post 2667 and American Legion Post 57. The property and buildings that currently house those two veterans organizations was donated to the Coweta County Veterans Club to foster that objective.

OUR MISSION

We are dedicated to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country - veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces and their families. To fulfill our mission:
  1. We provide advocacy to the individual veteran. This is for both the veteran and his/her family. Our Post Service Officer is an well-versed at dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  2. We assist currently deployed military and their families. This includes supporting family readiness group activities, welcome home ceremonies, phone cards to deployed service members and financial assistance to meet the emergency needs that arise from deployments.
  3. We keep the pressure on Capitol Hill by monitoring, reporting on and lobbying for legislation that directly impacts our veteran community.
  4. We develop the next generation of patriots by sponsoring competitive scholarship programs for America's youth. We support our local JROTC and scouting programs.
WHAT WE DO... IN THE COMMUNITY

A Post is its membership. A Post's character is determined by that membership. VFW Post 2667 chooses to actively participate in our community.
  1. We sponsor and present awards to winners of the Patriot's Pen, Voice of Democracy, Citizenship Education and Public Servant of the Year programs.
  2. We distribute Buddy Poppies on Memorial Day weekend and around other veteran-oriented dates. Donations received from Buddy Poppies is used to help support veterans' families and their widows and orphans through our Veterans Relief Fund. 
  3. We co-sponsor, with American Legion Post 57, the Coweta Veterans Club Open" golf tournament with proceeds going to support the Coweta Cancer Support Group. 
  4. We provide flag-folding and speakers for funerals and/or memorial services for deceased veterans.
  5. We collect unserviceable flags in the area and see that they are properly and respectfully retired.
  6. We provide veterans to speak on flag etiquette and Americanism topics at schools, churches and youth programs, especially around Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
  7. We conduct regular visits to VA Hospitals and veteran's homes providing various sundry items and comradeship to fellow veterans throughout the year. For the past 25 years we have participated in decorating Christmas trees at the VA Hospital in Decatur, Georgia.
  8. Our members are active throughout the community donating their leadership and time to many civic endeavors. Our membership donates hours to such organizations as: The Red Cross, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Cancer Society and many others.
  9. We conduct the Memorial Day service in our Veteran's Memorial Park each year remembering a Coweta County veteran who made the ultimate sacrifice and honoring all who have served. Each year the program grows in number and stature.
  10. During the Memorial Day weekend, with help from local volunteers, we place over 1,000 flags on the graves of our fallen comrades.
  11. We conduct or participate in many other patriotic parades and events throughout the year such as Flag Day, Independence Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, Veterans Day and more.
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN

Your foreign military service under hostile conditions entitled you to certain combat medals as well as your membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

A portion of your annual or life membership goes to support the strong voice of the VFW for the benefit of all veterans.

As a member of the VFW, you and your family are eligible to participate in some great programs such as: a free subscription to VFW Magazine, cell phone and computer discounts, Dignity Memorial, financial services, healthcare services/discounts, hotel and car rental discounts, identity theft program, real estate and mortgage programs, travel discounts, VFW insurance, and many more.

You can socialize with and discuss with fellow combat service veterans your service experiences.

As an active member of VFW Post 2667 you can make a difference in your community while socializing and helping veterans like yourself.

Contact using the information in the upper right-hand corner of this page and become a part of the VFW.

Nobody does more for veterans

2012 Memorial Day Program Announced - Five Gold Stars

Newnan's VFW Post 2667 Post Commander, Jeff Carroll announced the theme for the annual Memorial Day Ceremonies, to be held at Veterans' Memorial Plaza on May 28, at 11:00 AM. For the past twelve years, the ceremonies have remembered one selected service member who died in the service of our country, representing and honoring all who made the supreme sacrifice. This year, Carroll explained, the ceremony will be entitled, "Five Gold Stars," honoring five additional names recently placed on the plaza honor rolls. The Gold Star, often seen on window banners, is a symbol of the loss of a family member, killed in action.

During the preparations for last year's visit of the Vietnam Healing Wall, it was discovered that there were two Vietnam KIA's from Coweta County who were overlooked on the original honor roll. They are John Dozier and Daniel Post, both of whom have surviving family members in the area.

In the past two years, three Cowetans have died, serving in combat. They are Chad D. Coleman, of Moreland, who died in 2010 while assigned to Afghanistan. Adrian G. Mills, a graduate of Northgate High School, died in 2011, in Kirkuk, Iraq. Nicholas S. Whitlock, graduate of Newnan High School and Mercer University, died in Djibouti, Africa, while piloting a special operations aircraft.

Surviving family members of all five have been invited to attend and be a part of the program. Carroll issued a special invitation to any Gold Star families to attend. He also announced that commemorative bricks had been purchased by the VFW for the five men being honored. As a gesture of remembrance, two bricks are also being purchased. First, for Korean War casualty, Richard E. Clapp, a native of Seattle, whose remains were recently identified after 62 years. His sister resides in Senoia. Michael C. Braden, whose family recently moved to Newnan, and who recently died in Afghanistan. The commemorative bricks will be installed prior to Veterans' Day in November.

Commander Carroll noted that the Memorial Day weekend will include the annual "Buddy Poppy" drive, with VFW members stationed in local venues, seeking donations which are exclusively used to help veterans and veterans' families and scholastic patriotism programs.

On Saturday, the Coweta Veterans' Club will conduct the annual flag placement on veterans' graves in local cemeteries. This year, the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) will host the placements. The SAL was organized to provide a way for non-veteran sons and grandsons of veterans to participate in programs and services in support of the American Legion. The SAL extends an invitation to the community to participate in helping to remember the service of deceased veterans. Caring citizens are asked to assemble at the Veterans Club on Hwy 29N (Across from A&W Nursery), at 8:30 AM or meet at the cemetery entrances. The Veterans' Club will make available a limited number of flags for local church and private cemeteries.

In keeping with a wonderful tradition, the Coweta Veterans' Club will host a dinner for the public, immediately following the ceremonies on Monday. Food will be served from 12:30 till 2:30. A special invitation is extended to all public service and emergency personnel. For additional information, please contact the Club at 770-251-6949. 

Veterans Employment Seminar March 14

The first Veterans Employment Seminar of the year will be March 14 from 1-3 p.m.

This seminar is among several to be held for veterans in 2012. The session will be facilitated by Peter Ludlow, manager of the Newnan office of the Georgia Department of Labor.

Ludlow, along with Alan Hurd of the DOL office will be explaining the new Gold Card Veterans Preference Programs for Post-9/11 veterans that are currently available. A main concern is that post 9/11 veterans need to be aware of specific programs available to veterans through the Department of Labor.

The DOL and sponsoring veterans organizations are interested to hear the issues directly from the veterans who are facing obstacles in finding employment. Hank Berkowitz, local Veterans Service Officer for the sponsoring veterans organizations, is coordinating the seminar events.

"We are interested to hear from veterans whether the current DOL programs meet their needs," said Berkowitz.

"We recognize that Post 9/11 veterans will face the same difficulties all veterans have faced in transferring military skill sets to civilian employment and they need the guidance of trained DOL experts," Ludlow emphasized.

In addition, employers from the community will also be present to discuss their hiring procedures and what they are looking for in various skill categories. They will respond to difficulties that may be inhibiting successful employment.

"Young discharged veterans returning from the 'Sand Boxes' of Iraq and Afghanistan need to have proven programs in place and we hope this Seminar will start the process," said Berkowitz.

The seminar is hosted by Newnan's American Legion Post 57, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2667, Marine Corps League Detachment 1325 along with DAV Chapter 31 in LaGrange.

The March 14 seminar is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. at the Coweta Veterans Club, 130 Veterans Club Drive off U.S. Highway 29 north of the bypass and just across from A&W Nursery. (Click here for Directions to the Club)

The presentation includes opportunities for veterans to discuss job search concerns with actual local employers, current opportunities and efforts for assistance toward finding jobs in present economic conditions and Veterans Preference and Priority of Service.

Berkowitz may be reached at Hberkowitz.vso@gmail.com. For more information, calls may be made to 770-254-7220.

Coweta Participates in Wreaths Across America

Coweta veterans will participate in the national "Wreaths Across America" program with ceremonies Saturday.

Having its beginning in a small New England holiday wreath making company, "Wreaths Across America" has grown and now covers the entire nation, furnishing Christmas wreaths for placement on the graves of fallen warriors.

Arlington National Cemetery, for example, is provided with enough wreaths for every grave. Additionally, the program provides to other national cemeteries, communities and veterans' organizations, a symbolic number of wreaths to be appropriately used to commemorate their war dead.

Through the efforts of John O'Connor, a member of both the American Legion and VFW, the Coweta Veterans' Club receives seven wreaths each year, which are placed on the honor rolls at Veterans' Memorial Plaza at the Newnan city park at Temple Avenue and Jackson Street.

This year's ceremony will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, at noon.

The wreath placement is a solemn ceremony, touched by the spirit of Christmas. Participants include members of veterans' and other patriotic organizations.

O'Connor, speaking for the sponsors, extended an invitation to the public to attend. "This ceremony, which remembers and honors, is also a time to reflect on all the Christmases missed by those names on the cold bronze plaques. Those departed souls, who made the supreme sacrifice, may just rest easier knowing that we wish the memory of them, a Merry Christmas."

The program will last only about thirty minutes. There will be a limited number of folding chairs available for attendees. Anyone needing more information is asked to call Dick Stender at 770-301-6076.

70th Year Remembrance of Pearl Harbor

The Coweta Veterans Club, through VFW Post 2667 and American Legion Post 57 held a memorial ceremony on December 7 at McKoon Funeral Home at 11:00 AM. It was moved from Veterans’ Memorial Plaza due to inclimate weather. “It was described by FDR as a Day of Infamy,” said Ron Freese, Club Chairman. “It was also the day that brought America into the war and certainly put the nation in a fighting mood. We must not forget the two thousand plus who died in sinking ships, on airfields and in the skies. Their spirits still, and will forever, need to be remembered. We cannot let this day pass without pausing to remember what was a defeat, a defeat that drove us to eventual victory.”

The short program included a reading of President Roosevelt’s speech to Congress, declaring war on Japan. Freese made a special invitation to WWII veterans and senior citizens who have memories of Pearl Harbor Day they might wish to share. “Those who were young adults at that time can tell us more about the terror and anger experienced than any history book,” said Freese.

In keeping with a tradition born in WWII, the Veterans’ Club had coffee and donuts available at the Plaza, both before and after the ceremony.


Clinic for Military Veterans with PTSD

Veterans who believe they may be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder were encouraged to get more information about the condition and its impact on veterans and their loved ones when the Coweta Veterans Club hosted its third clinic to benefit veterans Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

The Coweta Veterans Club is at 130 Veterans Club Drive, off U.S. Highway 29, just north of the Hwy. 34 bypass across from A&W Nursery.

The Oct. 26 clinic concentrated on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, focusing upon the veterans who might be suffering from the emotional damage of war. This clinic included immediate family members who want to support their veteran.

PTSD is a scourge of every war in which the United States has fought but was first recognized medically for the veterans of the War to End All Wars -- World War One, noted Hank Berkowitz, local volunteer Veterans Service Officer, who is coordinating the evening events.

Today, PTSD is known to occur either immediately after a wartime traumatic situation, or even decades after military service. Either situation becomes a difficult medical issue for a veteran.

This is compounded for our current Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, who because of a small all-volunteer military force, are required to spend two, three, four or more tours in full combat situations and then cope with the resulting stress, Berkowitz said.

Michelle Lindsey-Bailey, a PTSD Trauma Specialist from the Decatur VA Medical Center, led the Oct. 26 clinic program.

According to Lindsey-Bailey, veterans are known to make every attempt to cope with this stress that can limit productivity whether in work or personal life.

Active military members have habitually covered up PTSD symptoms, rather than have any mention made in their military medical jackets that would prevent promotions or even cause their discharge, said Berkowitz. Now, there are resources available for assistance, no matter the life stage of the veteran, and greater acceptance of PTSD within active service members.

Mike Hudson, manager with Georgia State Veterans Services in LaGrange, was available to answer all VA compensation questions related to PTSD or other VA issues. Guests were urged to bring all VA related questions and or issues for discussion.

Dinner was served at 7 p.m. with the clinic beginning at 7:30 p.m.

This VA medical clinic was hosted by American Legion Post 57, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2667 and Coweta-Fayette Marine Corps League Detachment 1325. Veterans from all military conflicts were encouraged to attend this event, Berkowitz said.