Idaho VFW holds 86th State Convention

JACKPOT, Nevada (KMVT/KSVT) Members from the Department of Idaho Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary gathered at Cactus Petes Resort Casino in Jackpot, Nevada, to attend their 86th State Convention.

The convention began on Sunday, a joint opening ceremony was held on Monday, State of Commander Dan Neal addressed the audience.

"Each post, your post and your home town. That's the real face for the VFW," said Neal.

U.S. VFW Commander-in-Chief Keith E. Harman said the convention offers an opportunity for veterans to learn about other VFW district programs.

"What the departments are doing within their communities. To help veterans via medical facilities, to do legislative work," Harman said.

The convention will go through Wednesday, VFW current leaders will announced new commanders and presidents.

Harman will served his last year and he's happy about the accomplishments they've achieved.

"We have promoted mental health awareness, trying to eliminate that stigma of mental health of being a disease," Harman said. "It's really not, trying to provide assistance to those who have mental health issues, not only to them but to their families as well."

One of the latest topic of conversation was about mental health, Neal wears a teardrop pin, it works as a conversation starter.

"I tell them that nobody got the answer or we have this thing stop," Neal said. "But a kind word doesn't cost a thing, sometimes that's what we need."

The VFW will hold its national convention July 21-25 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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