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Sgt. James F. Carty, DSC VFW Post 1545

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 2/8/24 | 2/8/24


This past Friday we held a dinner for the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s “Warriors in Motion” assembly. Our Post honored our last WWII veteran, Mr. Peter O’Brien who turned 97 years-old and is still going strong. 

He was a Navy veteran who had his ship destroyed by a Japanese kamikaze. Upon being rescued from the wreckage, he was deployed to another ship to continue until the end of the war.

He is a past Commander of Post 1545 and very instrumental in all of the Post business for many years. Along with Pete, we honored two Korean veterans, Mr. James Varelas and Mr. William MacGregor. 

Our dinner was pasta and meatballs, salad, rolls, and of course cake, honoring the warriors. This event was to show these veterans that never again will one generation of veterans forget another, which happened to our Vietnam veterans when we came home.

I thank all of our members for their participation along with the Marine Corp League of Greene County, the NY State Police and Greene County Sheriff’s Department for their participation in honoring the veterans.

For those who do not know the great work that the Adaptive Sports Foundation does, most of the instructors are volunteers that do a remarkable job introducing these men and woman to skiing and snowboarding. 

If anyone has gone on the mountain for the first time, you know how intimidating it is. We salute the work that they do with instruction and caring given to the warriors.  

I want to pass on some information regarding financial grants. We understand the challenges that our active-duty service members (to include activated Guard/Reserve members) and their families can face.

We believe that experiencing financial difficulties should not be one of them. That's the premise behind VFW’s Unmet Needs program.

Unmet Needs is here to help America's active-duty service members (to include activated Guard/Reserve members) and their families who have run into unexpected financial difficulties because of deployment or other military-related activity or injury. 

The program provides financial assistance up to $2,500 to assist daily necessities in the form of a grant – not a loan – so no repayment is required. To further ease the burden, we pay the creditor(s) directly.

The needs of our active-duty service members (to include activated Guard/Reserve members) and their families should never go unmet.

Let us offer you a hand-up when you need it! For additional information, and to see if you or someone you know qualifies for a grant through the Unmet Needs program, please review the Unmet Needs eligibility criteria at VFW.org. 

A reminder that our Post will be holding a pancake breakfast on Saturday February 17, from 8 a.m. until noon. Come and enjoy a great breakfast with us. The cost will be a goodwill donation. Hope to see you all here at our Post. 

Also I want to remind everyone that we have Yoga classes held here at the Post and for information please contact Ann Donovan at 347-393-3649 or Joanna Poehmel at 518-390-9164.

Along with Yoga we have the Mountain Corn Hole group that meets here every Thursday and for information regarding this group, contact me at vfwpost1545@gmail.com 

Remember our veterans for their service and our troops still serving throughout the world and keep them safe. God Bless America. 


Marc Farmilette, PDC – Commander Post 1545.




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“Warriors in Motion” were honored at VFW Post 1545, last weekend, as part of the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s annual ski and snowboard event for veterans.


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