Local veteran elected to national position


CORNING, N.Y. (WETM) – A local Vietnam War veteran has been elected as Commander in Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a national organization that assists military veterans in receiving their benefits at no cost.

18 News talked with Schmitz about his career and the VFW organization that you can watch above.

The newly elected Commander in Chief of the VFW comes from Corning and his name is William “Doc” Schmitz. He served in Vietnam as a Navy Corpsman in the Marine Corps.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization is a national organization that strives to help veterans across the country. They have over 1.6 million members including auxiliary members. They have over 6,000 VFW Posts around the world.

The VFW predates the Veterans Affairs branch of the U.S. Government and Shmitz says the VFW forced the federal government to act on veteran issues.Since forming, the VFW has provided over 9,000 grants to military families facing financial hardships.

The local VFW chapter in Corning has a couple dedications to those who are POW/MIA status, including a table setting in the bar as well as a large statue in the parking lot.

Schmitz says that the VFW does more for veterans and desire to continue serving the community of which they are from.

You can learn more about the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization at vfw.org.

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