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Newsletter October, 2018
Vol 1 Issue 1

The Commanders Corner

I would like to Welcome everyone who is a Simon-Parise VFW Member to come back to Post 9596 on Taft Road during the month of November. We have missed you.

Maybe some of you had heard or noticed on the website that Tom Stedman is no longer the Post Commander. First, I would like to thank Tom for his years of service to Simon-Paris Post 9596 and to the Veteran of Foreign Wars.

As the elected Senior Vice, it was my duty to step up and take Command, and I did just that.

A little about myself. I am a Vietnam Era Veteran serving in the US Navy from 1964 – 1970. I served two years as a Navy Reservist on active duty on the East Coast. After completing my contract, I entered Syracuse University under the GI Bill and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In 1980 I rejoined the service, the US Army National Guard as a First Lt. serving as an Engineering Officer with the Corps of Engineers. Having served 20+ years total service I retired in September 1997 as a Major.

After 9/11, I received a call from the US Army Corps of Engineers on my availability. In 2005 I was again called and asked to rejoin the US Army in an Active Duty Assignment in Washington DC. I said that I would and reported to USACE HQ’s at the Pentagon where I worked for the next 27 months. It was there I was asked to go to Afghanistan in a Construction Managers Position. I landed in Kuwait on March 1, 2008 spending time acclimating myself to the heat then boarded a C17 for the final leg of my trip to Kabul, Afghanistan. I ended up with 12 Horizontal and Vertical construction projects to support our troops all around Kabul. After serving one year I rotated back to Ft. Benning for medical evaluations and final release in late March 2009. I can say that I have three DD214’s from the US Army stating RETIRED. I was awarded a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, (3) ARCOMS and (2) Army Achievement Medals and (3) National Defense Awards during my 34 years of Service.

My wife and I would like to greet you at the next regular scheduled meeting, November 7th 2018 at 1930 hours.

Thank you and we hope to see you then. For 65 years The Simon-Parise VFW Post 9596 has been part of this Community. It would be a shame to have to close our doors because of non-participation.


Charles R. Johnson

Commander VFW Post 9596

Ongoing Operations

Food Pantry - On the third Wednesday of each month we deliver food donations received here at the Post to the Minoa United Methodist Church food pantry. Please drop off any extra unexpired food items to the Post during any of our normal business hours. Cash donations are also accepted.


Meat Madness - On the second Saturday of each month starting at 3 PM. Meat Madness is our version of a meat raffle. Generally, we offer 4 different types/cuts of meat. For example, a 10 pound package of boneless/skinless chicken breasts, a 10 pound package of NY Strip steaks, a 10 pound package of Delmonico steaks. This is done in 8 rounds of ticket sales (1 round per item). Between the 4th and 5th round there is a 50/50 raffle. The meat is from Spera's Meat Market in Cicero.

October 13th, we will be offering;
2, 10lb Pork Loins
2, 10lb Packages of Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast
2, 10lb Packages of of Rib Eye Steaks
2, 10lb Packages of New York Strip Steaks
Good luck to all.

Open House- On Sunday,November 11, in observance of Veterans Day we will be having an open house from 1 - 5 PM at the Post.

Queen of Hearts Raffle - Is a progressive raffle held every Thursday night. Each week tickets are sold for $1 each up to 7PM on Thursday nights. Then at 7:30 PM sharp a ticket is drawn. If the Queen of Hearts is drawn, then the winner will receive 60% of the Prize Pool. Which now is over $5,000. If the Queen of Hearts is not drawn, then the tickets are disposed of, the winner gets their money(the raffle always pays, it's the amount that varies) the remaining money goes back into the prize pool until the following week for another drawing.

Red Cross Blood Drive - At the Post. Day and time to be determined.

Wishing a very happy birthday to those who had a birthday in September;
Ken P Neyhart
Clifford A McKie
Budd D Bracy
Larry Smith
James S Mc Dougal
Thomas E Owens
Ralph M Rochon
David Moskwa
Jeffrey Mowers
Ronald L Reese
Patrick D Mumley

And those of you having birthdays in October;
Andrew M Knoll
Kevin D Abrams
Robert K St Andrew
William F Hartung
James D Moynihan
The above are listed oldest to youngest but, in fear of getting hurt, we did not disclose their ages.
Love is in the air. Happy Anniversary to;
On August 12th, Neill and Linda Dewald celebrated 46 years of marriage.
On August 27th, Clifford and Linda McKie celebrated 30 Years of marriage.
On September 16th Tammy and Paul McCombie celebrated 30 years of marriage.

And the winners of this letters wedding anniversary are, Fred and Marilyn Hartung. On September 8th they celebrated their 56th year of heavenly bliss. And, Fred being the romantic type guy that he is, took his lovely bride to our Meat Madness raffle. They don't make'em like Fred anymore!
From our Surgeon,
Don't forget. If you need temporary use of medical devices, the following is a list of items we have in stock to loan out;

Wheel Chairs, Sit Down Walker, Portable Commodes, Bath Tub Seats, Walkers

Crutches, Bath Tub Rail, Canes, Toilet Seat Riser

What do you think of,
In an effort to promote more activity and events the House Committee would like your feedback on some ideas.

What about a bean bag toss league (Cornhole)? This would be a league of 8, 2 person teams for a period of 10 weeks being held on Saturday nights. The price would be $5 per week per player. If you are interested please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating so.

Handgun Safety Course - Want to get your NYS pistol license? You need to complete this course. The course will be 5-6 hours long with an estimated fee of $45. We need to have 15-20 signed up to take the course to finalize the time,date and price. Please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up. Please stat your full name and the best way to contact you.

We encourage all of members to please send us any information you would to go out in the Post newsletter. Such as birthdays, anniversaries, travel adventures, etc. Or, if you think of an event for the Post that others may be interested in just as dinners, breakfasts,etc. Please send the information to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

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Cpl. Norbert F. Simon
1918– 1944
United States Army
4th Infantry Divison
Rolling Four
(4" Mobile Howitzers)
Omaha Beach  
  Michael Parise
1921– 1943
United States Army
Company A, 20th Infantry
Anti-tank Company, Sicily