HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The national leadership of the Veterans of Foreign Wars was in Hattiesburg Tuesday night, just one day after hosting a first-ever patriotic event in Vicksburg. VFW Commander-in-Chief William A. "Bill" Thien and Auxiliary President Armithea "Sissy" Borel were the guests of honor at a reception at the Hub City's VFW Post 3036.
On Monday, they participated in the first Celebrating America's Freedom event at the Vicksburg National Military Park.
They were in Hattiesburg to meet local vets and to encourage the recruiting of new members.
"It's so important that we get the word out of who is actually eligible to become a member of our organization and also to tell the young Afghanistan and Iraq veterans that we need them," said Borel.
"We've really done a great job on outreach to get our younger veterans in," said Thien. "We understand that they are young and they have families and many of them have jobs and so their time is limited, but we believe they are our future," he said.
Thien and Borel also visited the State Veterans Home in Collins today.