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.



What's Going On




The Post will sponsor a Veterans and Family Fellowship and Lunch on August 24th, 2019 at the Braham Spring Recreation Center, 3770 IVY Ave SW, Huntsville, Al.  The Fellowship is from 1000-1300 and Lunch from 1100-1230. Veterans, RSVP to Fellowship  (link on right) NLT August18, include Shirt size for a free T-shirt.   





Buddy Poppy Drive:  Thank you to everyone that helped out on the Memorial day Poppy Drive. The Post  next drive will be around Veterans Day in November.   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



Aug 20, 2019 :  1900 hours, Post meeting at American Legion Post 237. The Post will be discussing programs and the upcomming Fellowshipl                                                                                                                                              





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.


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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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