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VFW Post 7539

Bloomingdale, Illinois

All State Post 2011-2012
All-American Post 2008-2009


VFW Post 7539 meets the third Thursday of each
month at the Bloomingdale Library, 101 Fairfield Way,
Bloomingdale, IL, 60108-1537.  Meeting is on the lower
level, starting at 7:00 pm and normally lasting
NLT 8:45 pm.  High attendance is 32 (4/19/12). 
Post Commander is Chuck Groner.  Come join us!   

Cmdr Chuck Groner, Sr Vice Cmdr Randy Winter, Jr Vice Cmdr Jerry Young, QM Dave Burdick

Contact Post Officers

Contact Information: 
Bill Bahr,  Webmaster, Public Information/Relations, CHARACTER COUNTS! Rep, Asst Voice of Democracy Chair,  and Asst Adjutant 

Help your local VFW help the community.  We...

·       Ship packages monthly to servicemen overseas
Provide Christmas gifts to Hines VA Hospital patients
Participate in color/honor guards and local parades
Perform memorial services at cemeteries
Support the WWII Veteran Honor Flight program
Offer assistance to servicemen on active duty
Offer Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy student scholarships
Support Scout of the Year and Teacher of the Year programs
Organize Flag Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day programs
Provide lectures at the invitation of local schools
       Provide American Flag disposal services
·       Run special projects, eg, helped supply bathrobes to Illinois VA hospitals 

·      Alert our community to where veterans can seek help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) and Suicide Prevention.  Dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies!

PTSD Locator and Directory for specialized treatment


VFW Magazine Article


To see Past State Commander and Home Front Hero Bill Wolff talking about Vet Jobs, click here.


As State Commander, Comrade Bill Wolff led the effort to raise $40,800 to supply 1700 bathrobes to Illinois VA Hospitals in 2011.
For our continuing post project, please help Bill send out lots more troop care packages this year.

To make a donation to support our troops, please send a check or money order to:

VFW Post 7539, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL, 60108-1537


8,100+ packages sent to Iraq & Afghanistan as of 11/29/13
Support Our Troops Info
Watch a packing session.


2011-12 Illinois Community Affairs Record Book, 2nd Place

Buddy Poppy Display Contest
Post Chair:  Cliff Hall
2012-13 State of Illinois Runner-up
2011-12 State of Illinois Winner

2011 VFW National Convention: 
Category 2 – Memorial or Inspirational Displays

2010-11 State of Illinois Winner

2009-10 District Winner, 3rd in State
2008-9 State of Illinois Winner

2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Winners (Glenbard North):  1st Place - Jerry James;
2nd Place - Joe O'Leary

2014-2015 Patriot's Pen Winners (Middle Schools): 
3 First Places:  Marisa M. Vandini of St Walters; Natalie V. Kuchler of St Isidore; Mikayla A. Brown of Trinity Luthern

Program-Start/Departure Times;  Assembly usually 30 minutes before. 

Jan 11:  Voice of Democracy Awards Dinner:  Alta Villa, Addison
Jan 26:  Patriot Pen Dinner
Feb 8:  VOD Dinner in Springfield

Feb 23:  Honor Guard for Gymnastic Meet, 1315 hrs, Johnston Rec Center
Mar 15:  Honor Guard for Elevator Union Dinner, Rosemont Hyatt; 1745 hrs Gazebo depart
Mar 22:  Buddy Poppy Dinner
Mar 26:  LPHS War & Peace Forum
April 25, Senior Day; 0900-1200 hrs, Medinah Shriners
April 26, Color Guard at Springfield Park 0900-0915 hrs, yellow ascots
May 4:  Loyalty Day Parade, Batavia; 1300 hrs
May 16:  Poppies on corner of Lake Street and Bloomingdale Rd.  Meet at McDonalds at 1600 hrs
May 17-18:  Poppies at Jewel 10-1400 hrs, Walmart 9-1400 hrs; also, St. Isidore, St. Walter, and Trinity with church approval.
Sat:  0900-1200 Schick & Gary
May 18, District 19 meeting at Batavia Post, 1100 hrs
May 24:  Practice for Memorial Day at St. Paul Cemetery, 0900 hrs
May 25:  Possible Color Guard at St. Paul Church, 1000 hrs. Joe Franzese, please confirm
May 26:  Memorial Day; 0930 hrs (be there at 0830) St. Paul Evergreen Cemetery; followed by Gazebo ceremony, black ascots
June 1:  Rose Parade, Jerry Bertand, Meet at Roselle Radiator Shop by McDonald's NLT 1230 hrs
Jun 6:  Honor Guard, LPHS Graduation, COD
June 12-15:  VFW State Convention, Springfield
July 17  Post Meeting at Bloomingdale Fire Department, 1900 hrs
Aug 6:  Walt Borla Wake; Post Memorial Service, Salerno Chapel, 1900 hrs
Sep 6:  Septemberfest, 1030 hrs, The Pointe for ride to parade
Sep 20:  Veterans Clinic, Willow Creek Community Church, 0830-1400 hrs Flyer
Oct 4:  National Home Visit
Oct 6:  PTSD Lecture:  B'dale Library, 1900-2000 hrs; "Hysterical Men:  From Shell Schock to PTSD"
Oct 14:  Cancelled CHARACTER COUNTS! Honor Guard, Old Town Gazebo, 1900 hrs
Oct 16:  Experience of the WWI Soldier:  Reenactors, Roselle Public Library, 1900 hrs
Oct 21:  Rescheduled CHARACTER COUNTS! Honor Guard, Old Town Gazebo, 1900 hrs
Oct 25:   Make A Difference Day

Nov 7:  Flags @ Schick & Gary - 1600
Nov 8:  Flags @ Jewel 1000 – 1400
Nov 8:  St. Walter's
Nov 8:  Flags @ Wal-Mart (time TBD)
Nov 9: Trinity Church clinic
Nov 9:  St. Sophia (Elgin) Church Color Guard 1000 (tentative)
Nov 11:  Westfield School 0745
Nov 11:  Veterans Day Ceremony @ Gazebo, meet @1030 Flag @ 1100; gold ascots
Nov 11: DuJardin School 1200
Nov 12 - Troop packages @ Trinity Church 0800

Nov 15  Roselle Vet Memorial Dedication, 1300 hrs, followed by coffee/donuts @ AL Hall
Nov 16:  District Meeting
Nov 20:  Post Meeting, Bloomingdale Fire Department
Nov 21:  Stand Down - Chicago

Nov 29:  Snowman Crossing, 0900 hrs
Dec 10:  XMAS Visit
to Hines:  1730 hrs @ Gazebo departure
Dec 13:  XMAS Party, 1800 hrs, Addison Post:  A-L Desserts; M-Z Appetizers
Feb 15, 2015:  District Meeting Hosted by VFW Post 7539, @ Addison Post, 1300 hrs



Past Event Calendars

Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/10/2014
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/23/2013
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/18/2012
Veterans Clinic 11/17/2012

Chicago Honor Flight  5/30/2011
Bloomingdale Walk-a-dog-a-thon  5/1/2011 
(2:15 and 10:00)
Hines Visit  12/8/2010
Memorial Day 2010
Hines VA Hospital Visit  12/9/2009
Home of the Brave:  Noah, Shealeigh, and Vets
Veterans Day 2009 Tribute

Comrade Sean Grimes and Family on Video for the USMC
All-American Post Nomination Letter:  2008-09 Activities
Memorial Day 2009
Hines VA Hospital Visit  12/10/08

   Armed Forces Breakfast for Blue Star Families 

Memorial Day, 2008   
Iraq News from post member Chris Horton, CPT, Infantry
Greetings to the Troops
Hines VA Hospital Visit 12/13/07 w/music
Hines VA Hospital Visit  12/13/07

Snowman's Crossing Tree Decoration 11/24/07
View Commander Joe's Veterans Day Tribute
View Nathan Bracher's (LPHS) Voice of Democracy First Place Essay.
Veterans Day, 2007


Veterans Information      Veterans Discounts      Post Facebook Page     
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Post Officers       Post History    Uniform       X Sheet       Post Pictures       Hines VA Hospital Map

   Patriot's Pen Essay Contest       Voice of Democracy Essay Contest      St. Paul's Evergreen Cemetery

                 IL Scout Scholarship     Humor      Batavia Cares       Bloomingdale-Roselle Rotary    CHARACTER COUNTS!                  


Challenge to Post Members:  Buy a Blue Star Service Flag and Pin (total $10) for relatives of active
military personnel.  Post will pay membership fees for those actively serving & qualifying for VFW

  Beloved Comrade Walt Borla, RIP  
World War II, Army, Deceased:  3 August 2014.  Obituary

Echo Taps, Danny Boy, and Amazing Grace
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 Gazebo Ceremonial Site, Cmdr John Ross Cemetery Bench, Veteran Grave-marker, & Flag Box


To Our Veterans, We honor, We remember ("Mansions of the Lord"):

Poignant Photos from Iraq:

Iraq Veterans Memorial (Video Tributes):

Honor the Fallen (Locator):

"Let's Say Thanks!":  Send a free printed postcard to a soldier serving overseas

World War II, J. Maxwell Edmonds, epitaph on Second Division memorial, Kohima, Burma, 1944
"When you go home, Tell them of us, and say -- For your tomorrow, We gave our today."

Vietnam quote from Dana L. Safford, former Sergeant, USMC: 
"For those who have fought for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know."

LTG Hal Moore and Joe Galloway, "We Are Soldiers Still":
"What all of us know in our hearts is that we are soldiers still.  Some of us revisit the battlefield in nightmares.  Some of us wear scars, visible and invisible, that mark us as
changed men who walk unseen among our neighbors, who have never known what it is like to hold a dying boy in their arms and watch the life fade from his questioning eyes."

Iraq quote from Jacob B. Schick, Cpl, USMC, wounded 20 Sept 2004 (Alive Day [anniversary of a very close escape from death] Memories):
"When you look at the American flag, what do you see?  You know most people say, "an American flag."  OK.  I can put you in a setting that would make your skin crawl. 
Because you've never been and seen a national anthem with a bunch of guerneys and wheelchairs and people with fake limbs and no limbs, burned faces, burned bodies,
and seen them salute as good as they could to the American flag....  The fight doesn't stop when you get home.  In our cases, it's just begun." 

Quote from Chaplain Gregory Todd, speaking at the Wounded Warriers Ceremony, Camp Lejeune, NC (Alive Day Memories):
"Today, Lord, we honor those who bear the scars of their service that testify to their duty in the protection and defense that they have provided us.  We continue to pray for
our brothers and sisters in arms, those who stand the watch and are still in harm's way.  Send your angels to protect them and bring them back to us safely.  Amen."  


"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row...."
-- Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

"We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."
--  Moina Michael, in response

RIP:  Army Staff Sgt. Paul M. Latourney, 28 of Roselle, IL; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment,
1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, TX; died March 2, 2007, in Baghdad of wounds sustained
when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on combat patrol. 
Also killed was Spc. Luis O. Rodriguez-Contrera. 

"Military honors:  On Friday, Aug. 1, members of Bloomingdale VFW Post No. 7539 served as color guard for a memorial ceremony at the Roselle Public Library for Army Staff Sgt. Paul M. Latourney, 28, of Roselle.  Latourney died in Baghdad on March 2, 2007.  He was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on combat patrol.  Among the dignitaries at the ceremony were Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and Roselle Mayor Gayle Smolinski.  'The lieutenant governor gave a very nice remembrance,” said Bill Bahr, a VFW member from Bloomingdale. 'And Sgt. Latourney’s mother also gave a short but powerfully touching farewell.'”   Bloomingdale Press, 8/6/08:  Sue Crosson-Knutson.


Daily Herald, Sunday, September 7, 2014   page 3

Arlington National Cemetery

"Rest easy, sleep well my brothers. 
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell..."

   VFW Motto:  "Honoring the dead by helping the living...."  "No One Does More For Veterans!"   

Adopted Home of A Company, 1-64th Armor Battalion

'"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.  Protect them as they protect us.  Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.  Amen."



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