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

Mental Health Needsof Vets & Families

Justice for Vets

Campaign & Service Medals

Welcome to Joyce M. Helson Post 5162

VFW Post 5162 receive it's Charter in 1987 with 35 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 it's 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 year.



What's Going On




The Post is accepting Nominations for the 2020-2021 Officers. IAW with Section 216 of the By-Laws the Post shall elect the Commander, Sr Vice Cdr, Jr Vice Cdr, Quartermaster, Chaplian, and Trustee.


The following is the current Nominations that have been received for the 2020-2021 year. The Post has one nomination for each elected position except Jr Vice CDR.  If you are interested in this office or any of the other positions, let the Adjutant/QM know by April 21.


Commander   Mike Gronkowski 


Sr Vice Cdr   Tim Oman


Jr Vice Cdr   _____________


Quartermaster   David Ladner


Chaplin   Earl Hokanson


3rd Trustee George Jobczynski 




1yr Trustee will be Lee Burkett who moves up from 2yr Trustee


2yr Trustee will be Jim Carter who moves up from 3yr Trustee




The new Commander will also have to appoint an Adjutant, Service Officer and Judge Advocate. If you are interested in one of these positions let a current officer know. 



Nominations may also be submitted in writing to the Post Adjutant/QM. either by mail at the address above or Email OM at the address under contacts. 






Buddy Poppy Drive:  Thank you to everyone that helped out on the Veterans  day Poppy Drive. The Post  next drive will be around Memorial Day in May.   All Funds go into the Relief Fund to help veterans. A couple hours of you time will go a long way in helping other veterans. To sigh up, email one of the Post officers.                                                                                                                                               





VFW Programs



Information on the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen essay scholarship programs can be found at: The


Information on theTeacher of the Year Awards can be found at:



 Entries are due to Post NLT October 31, 2019.



Scout of Year entries are due March 1, 2020


Information on Scout of Year can be found at




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



April 21, 2020 :  The  Post meeting is Canceled                                                                                                                                               





Monthy Activities 



The Post meets at 7:00 PM the 3rd Tuesday of each month at American Leigion 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 $38.00 a year. The Post can assist with dues for Veterans having financial difficulties. 


There is also Life Membership payment plan.


         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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