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January 2024 Post Leadership Letter

Post Commander:

Greetings, Comrades! I hope this Newsletter finds everyone in the best of health and spirits. January brings us a New Year, with new challenges. Continued team efforts and effective communication will enable the Post to overcome future challenges. I would like to thank Rosie and the Auxiliary for organizing a successful Kid’s Christmas party on short notice. Everyone, especially the kids, had a great time!! We also purchased Christmas gift cards for the Sailors of our namesake USS Michael Monsoor and donated hundreds of pounds of food to the Heavens Window Food Pantry. Thanks to our Chaplain, Laurie, for making this happen. I would like to thank Andrea, Jean, Rick and all the volunteers who continue to keep our Post/Canteen a welcoming place that fosters comradery and for our members to decompress.

This is your Post. We are always adding new members, so feel free to introduce yourself and

build friendships. Every member is important, and our Post is only as good as we all make it. If

you have any ideas/suggestions or wish to be more proactive in Post events there are plenty of opportunities. Our Post meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm and House Committee meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 5:00 pm. Those meetings are open to members and the ideal venue to bring forward any ideas or express concerns. If you are involved in any community activities, please let me know as I am always looking to schedule events that will increase our Veteran’s and Post presence.

Sr Vice Commander:

Commander: Happy New Year! It is my hope that 2024 brings everyone happiness,

good health, and prosperity. I hope you can come out and join us at our next post meeting as

we will continue to be serving food beginning at 5:30pm. The New Year means a renewed commitment to growing our post membership. In the coming months we will be meeting up with new veterans on bases, continuing to make phone calls to encourage existing members to renew their membership, and host some very exciting membership drives.  If you have any recommendations for growing our post membership or have folks you would like to join our merry band of veterans pls ask them to email me at and include Membership in the subject line.  Cheers, Todd

President VFW Riders:

We would like to thank all who were able to come out and support our last bike night with a delicious ham dinner, ugly sweater event, and recognition for our Pearl Harbor Veterans. As always, it was a great time with great people and an awesome way to spread some holiday spirit. Our monthly bike nights will be temporarily discontinued, as we explore options of a new format and maybe even different days/times of the week. More to follow on new these changes. Our monthly ride saw us departing Motorcycle Monkey and zipping through the back country of East County on our way over to Sunrise Highway. We stopped at The Outpost by Valley Farm for some BBQ before heading down into Julian to visit the Julian American Legion Post 468 and then back to our home post VFW Post 2082 - Michael A. Monsoor. Be on the lookout for our 2024 monthly ride schedule coming soon to a social media outlet near you. Our ride in January is being planned to be local, so please contact our Road CAPT at for more information and include VFW Riders, Post 2082 in the subject line. Also, if you are interested in learning more about the VFW Riders, please email us at for more information and include VFW Riders in the subject line. Cheers, Viper.

Jr Vice Commander:

Happy New Year 2024. Want to thank everyone for his or her continued support and look forward to building upon that as we dive into the New Year. I will be planning a Post Hop during the April time frame. Details on location/pricing will be provided when I have confirmed logistics with Posts and the limousine provider.


Happy New Year everyone. These are two programs offered by the VA for your consideration in the coming year: Free membership for live online wellness classes from home for San Diego VA Veterans and employees. Over 100 classes from beginners to advanced groups. Check out the schedule at Whole Health is an app-based program to help you set goals, get virtual coaching, and learn more about the VA Whole Health holistic care approach. Go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and search for Live Whole Health. 


Rosecrans and Miramar National Cemetery are looking for volunteers to remove Wreaths on Saturday, January 6th. Muster at Rosecrans will be at 7am at the rostrum. Miramar will be at 7am at the Admin building, Brenda from Wreaths across America will be coordinating.

Auxiliary President

Sisters and Brothers Happy New Year. I would like to welcome our new members who have joined our Auxiliary in the last month. It is my pleasure to welcome all the new members that have joined. We thank you for joining our organization and look forward to you being an important asset in our organization.I want to thank Dawn and Rosie for helping with the Christmas decorations and putting up the Christmas tree. I want to thank all the volunteers who helped with the children’s Christmas party. It was fun for the children. The children received an abundance of gifts and cookies and hot chocolate and candy. Mike Simmons will be cooking fish on January 26 (Friday night). Look for more details coming soon. Linda and Mike are cooking this Sunday breakfast for Auxiliary. Please come and support our Auxiliary for a great meal.I hope everyone had a great holiday, and now we are off to a fresh start with a positive attitude, and for good health, prosperity, and an abundance of love and happiness for everyone. Our next parking lot sale will be held Saturday, February 3, 2024. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rosie.


Your Dedicated President,

Denise Swerdloff.

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