National President Colette Bishop makes her official visit to Missouri

The Department of Missouri VFW Auxiliary had a great time in Branson with our National President Colette.

National President Colette Bishop made her official visit August 23-25th in Branson, MO. While in the Branson area, she had a “meet and greet” the day she arrived. 

 The next day was a busy one and it started with our National President being greeted by the Aisle of Honor. President Hazel then had a short meeting. Department Chairman presented information on their programs. Department Membership Brenda Bryant had several drawings for the membership contest she is having. Auxiliary Presidents in attendance with 100 per cent or more was recognized. Department President Hazel  introduced the District Presidents that were at the meeting and gave them a chance to speak about what was happening in their districts. Gifts from several members to National President Colette.

 We were then off to College of the Ozarks for a luncheon. A student from the college spoke about admission to the college, its work program and the Patriotic Education Program. She told about her recent trip to Vietnam as a chaperone with one of the veterans and how she plans to use in the future when she teaches her history classes.

 We then walked across the street to the Veterans Grove where a group photo were taken. Then, National President Colette was taken on a driving tour of the campus before going back to rest before the dinner cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle.

 Department Commander Chris Johnston and his wife joined us for the event that evening. A wonderful meal along with a show was enjoyed by all. And one of our own, District 6 President Cathline Vest was pulled on stage to participate in a magic trick by Aaron Radatz. 

 To end the cruise, National President Colette took a photo with President Hazel and Commander Chris and members from District 18.

 National President Colette came to breakfast on Thursday morning where members thanked her for coming to our state and wished her safe travels. Department President Hazel took National President Colette to the Springfield/Branson National airport where she boarded a plane for the next stop on her journey. 


Need a DD-214?



No need to wait weeks for your Veterans DD 214. The Office of the Missouri Adjutant Generals Office has Veterans Records/Archives for most DD-214’s on file and will FAX to you.

  1. Call Liz at 573-638 9683 to get a form 180 faxed to you. (No need-if you have a 180 on hand.) Or you can download / print from VFW Forms. (
  2. Have the Veteran supply what information they can on Form 180 and have Veteran “Sign” on right bottom of form to give permission to release information. Put your FAX number on the left at the bottom or indicate where you want it mailed.
  3. Fax the Form 180 to 573-638 9546 and Liz will FAX you the Veterans DD-214.
  4. You are done.

Doc Anderson will be at Post 3944 for a book signing.

VFW Post 3944 will host a book signing with William “Doc” Anderson on Friday, August 5, 2016.  They are not sure of the start time, but he will be there until 1:00 pm.  Doc wrote the book, Battlefield Doc, the memoirs of a Korean War Combat Medic.  Come join him at Post 3944 and hear about his story.  This is also when they have their fish fry, so bring your family and enjoy the company and great food.


We are excited to introduce you to our new and improved Department of Missouri web site.  All program material can be located on the left side of our page.  Membership updates on our percentages will be on the right side, below our Department President’s logo and theme.  General Orders are located on the bar at the top.  If there are things missing, please send an email and we will try to put what you need on the site.  ENJOY!