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Welcome to the Camas / Washougal WA. VFW Post 4278
Happy 75th Birthday Post 4278

75 Years this year!

Schick / Ogle Post 4278

Schick – Ogle Post 4278 was chartered on July 23rd, 1945 by Commander Lester Hunt and 72 charter members. Bob Rodgers, one of our members joined the post in 1945 and is still an active member today. During the past 75 years, the Post has had 35 Commanders and an increase of members to 254. Our members have served in conflicts from WWII to today’s deployments. The Post is still going strong and is very active in the community. Our Post business meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the Community Center.

Location:

VFW Post 4278 is just 19 miles east of downtown Vancouver, WA on HWY 14, nestled in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. We meet for coffee on Wednesday and most Fridays at 9 am at the Camas Community Center, 1718 SE 7th Avenue, Camas. Come on out, we will keep the coffee hot.

Membership:

Membership in the VFW is only open to veterans who have served in a foreign war or served in hostile waters and are entitled to the campaign medals. However, anyone in the member’s family may join the Auxiliary. Please contact us for more information.

Purpose:

The purpose of the VFW Post 4278 and Auxiliary are fraternal, patriotic, historical, and educational. Its aims are to preserve and strengthen comradeship, assist our veterans and their families, to maintain true allegiance to the government of the United States of America and to foster patriotism through its programs.

Camas / Washougal Post 4278 Auxiliary

Who is the VFW Auxiliary, Post 4278?
We were chartered on September 4th, 1994, with 32 members. The auxiliary has been on a mission to serve the members of Post 4278 and veterans and their families of this country and our community in honor of the sacrifices and commitment of every man and woman who has served in uniform. Auxiliary business meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9 am at the Community Center. We serve our community members through such programs as Americanism, Hospital, Legislative, Scholarships, Veterans and Family Support (Buddy Poppy, National Home, National Military Services, Fisher House, and Youth Activities. At the heart of our organization are committed officers and volunteers who provide services unique to the Auxiliary programs such as working on projects for the Nursing Homes, Assisted Living facilities, and VA Hospital.

The VFW is holding a drawing for a Springfield M1 Garand. The proceeds from this raffle will go to benefit the Veteran’s Relief Fund, Scouting, and the School Essay Program. Only 250 tickets available and the drawing will take place on March 17th, 2021 at Safe Fire Indoor Shooting Range and Retail. Must be 21 years of age and pass a background check.

Programs:

Every year the VFW sponsors an Essay Contest on a subject of Americanism. Due to the Covid-19 we are having problems getting the Applications to the students. However, we have the applications and rules online at this web site under our programs listing. You may download the applications to your computer, and either fill them out by hand or fill them in with Adobe Reader. You will find the subject for the essay on the links below.

Voice of Democracy (Grades 9-12), Patriots Pen Grades (6-8), Youth Essay Grades (3-4-5)

Presenting Scout of the Year Award to Joseph Cline, Troop 562, Camas WA.

Every year in mid-December, VFW Post 4278, the Boy Scouts as well as community members place wreaths on the graves of our fallen comrades at the Cemetery in Camas Washington. We also place flags out on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. We need your help! We have 874 veterans interred at the Camas Cemetery and have only achieved 580 donations for wreaths. With the COVID -19, we may have a problem making our goal. If you would like to help, please donate by clicking on this link, https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/19067/Overview/?relatedId=17264

Publications:

The Respite Relief for Military & Veteran Caregivers Program offers an extra set of hands to help vulnerable caregivers with in-home care.

Clark County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, (ERAP): If your income has dropped below 50% of Area Median income ($46,050 for family of 4) in the last 2 months and owe past due rent since March 1, 2020, you may qualify for ERP. Please click here for more information.

Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors often ask, “Where do I start?”  Whether you or your loved one just got out or you hung up the uniform years ago, the VA Welcome Kit can guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned. Click here to view and download the VA Welcome Kit

Need to know more about the VA Community Care (Mission) Act? Click here for more information.

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