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

Post 5162 on FaceBook:


Campaign & Service Medals

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






The Post wants to let you know that at our March 16 , 2021, meeting we will be voting on being the Affiliated VFW Post for the formation of a Military Order of the Cootie (MOC) “Pup Tent”, IAW Section 1201 of the National Bylaws and Manual of Procedure, 2021 edition.


The MOC is known as “The Honor Degree of the VFW”


The Meeting will be 1900 at American Legion 

Post 237 on Drake Ave.


Also, Post Elections will be held at the April 20 meeting. 



Nominations for Commander, Sr Vice Cdr, Jr Vice Cdr, Quartermaster, Chaplain, and 3yr Trustee may be made at the March and April meeting.


hope to see you there.


David Ladner


VFW Post 5162








Buddy Poppy Drive: The Memorial Day Drive was canceled.  The Post's 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 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 2020-21 Patriot's Pen theme is: What is Patriotism to Me?


The 2020-21 Voice of Democracy theme is: Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?



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



 Entries are due to Post NLT October 31, 2020.




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)




Scout of Year entries for 2021 submission will be posted as soon as it is available.


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



July  21, 2020 :  Next Post meeting                                                                                                                                              





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 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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