VFW Post 11499 and our Community -
HELP US HELP A SOLDIER AND ALSO OUR COMMUNITY !!!
The Veterans of Foreign War, Bob Wiley Memorial VFW Post 11499, is a service organization, located in the Basehor community, and as the name implies…..we’ve all “been there - done that.” The Basehor VFW Post # 11499 has included members from every war or conflict from WW II forward to current.
We are among the millions who have proudly served and are serving to protect and support our great nation and all its citizens.
This post has been very fortunate, through the generous gifts of a major benefactor and gifts of many community supporters, to be able to support an outstanding meeting and community service building. Located at 2806 North 155th Street in Basehor, this building is used by the VFW post and many other community organizations such as, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Historical Society, Basehor Pride, City Hall, and several others. The building is also used routinely for graduation parties, family reunions, birthday and anniversary celebrations, as well as blood drives and job interview spaces.
Monies received through our post fundraisers go right back into the community through scholarship programs, donations, Veteran Services and bill paying. With no paid members, we truly are a non-profit organization and, as a 503(C)(19), contributions are tax deductible.
We sincerely thank those of you have and who do support us on a regular basis. Our post has tried different ways to generate funds to operate our post, and will continue to try and give you, our community, what you want….but….we need you to come through our doors to support us !!!!
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BINGO is currently being offered on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. The progressive pot and gift cards from local businesses continue to have a positive influence on our attendance.
At auctions, parades, and other civic events, you’ll find our VFW chuck wagon selling food and drinks.
Our income goes to support Veteran organizations and causes, Veterans, our students, and our community. Aside from building payments and utilities, many of our expenditures we plan for include:
Basehor-Linwood Education Fund
Basehor-Linwood Assistance Service.
Disabled American Veterans
VFW National Childrens home
Wreaths Across America - project of BLMS
Senior’s Dinner around Thanksgiving - Free - average over 170 seniors. We appreciate and are thankful for the lives lived and experiences of our seniors.
Patriot’s Pen - a scholarship essay contest for Middle school students ~$1500/yr
Voice of Democracy - a scholarship oral essay contest for High school ~$200/yr
National Citizenship Education Teacher Award - we’ve had several State level winners for this award program ~$300/yr
We sell Buddy Poppies with all proceeds going to support our Veterans.
We pay for and put up the flags you see during holidays along 155th St.
We annually stand ceremonial guard duty at the Eisenhower Center in Abilene on or near President Eisenhower’s birthday.
We frequently stand vigil over our comrade’s caskets and provide color guard at their funerals.
We routinely attend the monthly memorial services at the Leavenworth National cemetery for vets who have died and have no family
We participate in community activities and parades - Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, 4th of July Parades.
We partner with the schools for special color guards.
We present a wreath, raise the flag, and perform color guard duties at the Basehor cemetery for Memorial Day - ceremony at noon on Memorial day each year.
Each year we visit BLHS and also the entire 5th Grade class at the grade school to present a “Living History” program allowing our local VFW members to step up to the microphone and give a short description of their wartime experiences. The goal is to promote patriotism and to remind our youth that freedom truly is not free, and that all Americans have a responsibility to safeguard the gifts earned and passed down by past generations.
By being part of this organization, we are serving still. Not only do we veterans serve, but just as in times of active duty, we are supported by our spouses and loved ones. We all serve to remind our community of what has gone before and to promote citizenship and respect for America. Your support is appreciated and please remember that the monies we raise go right back into your community.
The Bob Wiley Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #11499, Basehor, Kansas