Post 5162 Contacts


Sr. Vice Commander

Jr. Vice Commander

Combat Veterans Fellowship
VFW Links
Department of Alabama

Veterans of Foreign Wars

VFW Youth & Education Programs
VFW National Home for Children                
Other Links

Veterans Memorial Museum                    

North Alabama Veterans & Fratemal Organizations Coalition (NAVFOC)

Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial

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Campaign & Service Medals
Post 5162
2900 Drake Avenue SW
Huntsville, AL
United States


Welcome to Joyce M. Helson Post 5162

VFW Post 5162 received its Charter in 1987 with 35 members.  We have grown to over 180 members.  Although we have no Post Home, the Post has always been very active in the Community. One of the most active members of the Post was Joyce M. Helson who served as the Post Chaplain for many years. In 2009 Joyce was killed in an accident while visiting South Dakota. The 2010-2011 Commander put forth a resolution to change the name to Joyce M. Helson Post 5162. The Post received its new Charter in 2011. The Post has been a member of the Department of Alabama "All State Team" several times and was recognized by National VFW as an ‘All American Post” for the 2018-2019 and 2020-2021 year.


The post earned All State AND All American status (2021-22)!  Come join this team of dedicated veterans.


Our post is dedicated to the mission of the VFW to support veterans, their families, and the community while building and maintaining strong relationships amongst fellow combat veterans.  We hope you will consider joining our post.


Donate to support the VFW

(We are a 501(c)19 charitable organization)







What's Going On


Buddy Poppy Drive (25-27 May)

On Redstone Arsenal at the PX, Commissary, and Shoppette


Early Sign Up Requested: link below


Post Memorial Day Ceremony, Maple Hill Cemetery

29 May, 0900 at the Veteran Memorial



The post has been very active supporting veterans in need. 

Please consider donating (see link above).  You can designate where you would like your tax deductable donation to go.



***ANY and ALL Veterans***

 Veterans Coffee/Breakfast meetings every Wednesday,

0700, now at the Panera Bread, Bridge Street, for fellowship (and free coffee!!!). 

Coffee anyone?


Join Us

Membership mail-in form.pdf


Life Membership 

Annual Membership







Please log in to the website and update your contact information so we can share upcoming events and information.  We have several comrades with no email address listed or no phone number.  Several of us also have moved since joining.  Please take a few minutes to update your information.  If you have any troubles, contact the quartermaster for assistance.


We recently sent out postcards to all addresses on file.  If you received one, please take a moment and respond to it so we can help clean up our database.  Thank you.



If you have any suggestions for social activities for the post that would give our members to get together safely, please share them with any of the officers.  We are considering no-host breakfast/lunches at local establishments or partnering with Post 2702 at their location.  




VFW Programs


 The 2023-24 Theme for Voice of Democracy:

"What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?"

Voice of Democracy entry form here.


 The 2023-24 Theme for Patriot's Pen:

"How Are You Inspired by America?" 

Download and complete the 2023-2024 entry form here


Teacher of the Year


Applications for all of the above must be turned in to  our VFW Post-5162

by midnightOct. 31.





 If you have any questions about The VFW, Post 5162, or events on this site, please contact the Post Commander at



June 20, 2023: Next Post meeting 1900 at the American Legion on Drake. We are now doing meetings using WebEx. Details in your Post Email.                                     


Monthy Activities 



The Post meets at 7:00 PM the 3rd Tuesday of each month at American Legion Post 237; 2900 Drake Ave SW.



Membership in Post 5162


If you quality as a veteran and would like to join one of the most active Posts in the state, email one of the members in the contact list or download the mail-in form:


Membership mail-in form.pdf


The current dues are only $38.00 a year (lower than what you'll find at the national website). The Post can assist with dues for Veterans having financial difficulties. 


Rates are going up soon.  Be sure to renew or sign up now!


There are also Life Membership payment plans.


         Life Membership Fee Schedule

Age                 One-time                   Payment Installment

18-30                     $425.00                           $38.64

31-40                     $410.00                           $37.27

41-50                     $375.00                           $34.09

51-60                     $335.00                           $30.45

61-70                     $290.00                           $26.36

71-80                     $225.00                           $20.45

81 and over          $170.00                            $15.45



  Membership Eligibility:



 Veterans of Foreign Wars


The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a special organization formed by Veterans for Veterans.


It is through the strength of the membership in the ranks that we are able to speak as one loud voice to our public officials.


For more information go to






To insure the nation’s security through maximum military strength


To speed the rehabilitation of the nation’s disabled and needy veterans


To perpetuate the memory and history of our dead, and to assist their widows and orphans 


To promote Americanism through education in patriotism and constructive service to the community in which we live.

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