Welcome to Joyce M. Helson Post 5162
VFW Post 5162 received its 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 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 year.
What's Going On
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James Hudson Miller Sr., a life member of VFW Post 5162. He passed away on 17 June 2021 at the age of 93. Comrades Keeter, Jobczynski, Ladner, and Hokanson represented the post at his visitation and funeral at St. Joseph Catholic Church and Valhalla Cemetery. A link to his obituary follows. We will pay our respects at the next post meeting and ask all our members to keep his family in their prayers.
Congratulations to two comrades from VFW Post 5162 for being elected as the District 1 commander (Comrade Mike Gronkowski) and Department Sr. Vice (Comrade Tammy Johnson). We are so proud of both of you and know you will serve us all well in your new positions.
Information on the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen essay scholarship programs can be found at:
These are great opportunities to showcase your patriotism, writing skills, and to earn scholarships for college or vocational training.
The 2021-22 Patriot's Pen theme is: How Can I Be A Good American?
The 2021-22 Voice of Democracy theme is: America: Where Do We Go From Here?
Information on theTeacher of the Year Awards can be found at:
Entries are due to Post NLT October 31, 2021.
The 2020 Scout of the Year winners are:
1st Place: Jacqueline Abnos (sponsored by VFW Post 1829 in Kansas City, Missouri)
2nd Place: Marius Schnell (sponsored by VFW Post 10557 in Hohenfels, Germany)
3r`d Place: Justin Swize (sponsored by VFW Post 4146 in Victoria, Texas)
Information on Scout of Year can be found at
If you have any questions about The VFW, Post 5162, or events on this site, please contact the Post Commander at email@example.com
July 20, 2021 : Next Post meeting 1900 at the American Legion on Drake.
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:
The current dues are $38.00 a year. The Post can assist with dues for Veterans having financial difficulties.
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: http://www.vfw.org/Join/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 http://www.vfw.org/home/
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.