State VFW Commander Visits El Monte

  • photo L to R: EM Councilman Bart Patel, Commander Michael Felix, State Commander Earl Fulk and Jay Gomez
  • photo L to R: Javier Gonzales, State Commander Earl Fulk, Rodrigo, and State Auxilary Presisdent Rene Fulk

By Elvira Quinteros
April 24, 2013 • 640 views

El Monte

On Friday, April 12th, California State VFW Commander Earl Fulk and his wife State Auxiliary President Rene Fulk paid a visit to Greater El Monte VFW Post 10218 as part of the Annual visit to District 6 of which includes El Monte.

Over 150 people showed up for a night of great food and entertainment.  VFW members from Arcadia-Monrovia, La Puente, Whittier, Pico Rivera, West Covina, Azusa, Sierra Madre and San Dimas-La Verne attended along with 6th District commander Carlos Aldana.

El Monte City Councilmen Jay Gomez and Bart Patel presented Mr. Fulk with a certificate of appreciation and spoke to the gathering.

Gomez a Vietnam Veteran with two sons who have served and also saw combat, spoke about the City’s commitment to Veterans and the Housing project the city is sponsoring on the corner of Stewart and Ramona which will house forty (40) homeless Vets.

Councilman Bart Patel also spoke of the city’s commitment to Veterans and his relationship with Veterans of Foreign Wars. Councilman Bart Patel has been both a supporter and participant of VFW activities and fundraisers for years and vowed to continue his support.

Representatives from State Senator Ed Hernandez and Assemblyman Ed Chau also spoke and presented certificates.

State commander Fulk Said, “I can not believe this is the same Post I visited four years ago! This Post looks fantastic! The improvements done by such a small group is truly amazing! I would also like to thank VFW 10218 for a wonderful welcome, El Monte is truly friendly.”

Mr. Fulk and his wife Rene presented Welcome Home Coins from VFW to two new members of Post 10218.  Javier Gonzalez, a Marine served in Iraq and Rodrigo Valdez, also a Marine served in Afghanistan.

A delicious dinner of tamales, chili verde, rice, beans and salads was then served and enjoyed by all.  The meal was prepared and served by members wives.

The evening was topped off by an excellent performance by the Ballet Folklorico of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church directed by Robert Hernandez.

The performers danced and dressed from various parts of Mexico.  The colorful costumes and vibrant dancing was appreciated by all who attended.

Commander Mike Felix stated, “It was a wonderful evening and we were proud to sponsor the event.  It was a chance for us to “show-off” our Hall and Veterans Service Center. Everything done was the effort of our Veterans and I am extremely proud of them.  I’m also grateful for our relationship with the City and the support they have for Veterans.”

Felix also urged all young returning Veterans to join the VFW, “Do not make the mistake, us Viet-Nam Vets made and shun the government and the V.A. and years later regret that decision as we get old and infirmed and need help that we can not get now.  Sign-up and have your name on file.”  The Veterans of Foreign Wars is located at 11126 Ramona Blvd (behind 99 cent store) and is open daily, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The phone number is (626) 448-1737.

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