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 page on FaceBook:

Post 5162 Facebook Group:


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. 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 and the 2020-2021 year.


Donate to support the VFW

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







What's Going On


The post has been very active supporting veterans in need.  We've provided support to two veteran families get back on their feet with household goods and financial support.  We are also sponsoring an Afghanistan national who served alongside one of our veterans and was fortunate to get his family out just in time.  Please consider donating (see link above).  You can designate where you would like your tax deductable donation to go.


We are also meeting every Wednesday at 0700 at the Atlanta Bread Company for fellowship.  ABC is providing members with free coffee and offers a military discount on all food.  Come join us for some great food and better fellowship.



The Cemetery Committee


The cemetery committee along with volunteer Bob Fuerst and VFW Post 5162 cleaned over 10 headstones and the memorial at Maple Hill Cemetery 23 October in preparation for Veteran's Day.




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.




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.  




If you know of any deserving teacher or first responder, please let us know so we can link up with their leadership to get them nominated for recognition.  You can even nominate them yourself.  Shoot us an email for more details.




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 2021-22 themes aren't available yet, but please help us find some motivated students to participate. 


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



Entries are due to Post NLT October 31, 2022.



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



January 18, 2022 :  Next Post meeting 1900 at the American Legion on Drake.                                                                                                                                             


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 $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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