It was a whirlwind tour for Sissy Borel, the national VFW Ladies Auxiliary president who visited Central Texas and Copperas Cove last weekend.
VFW Post 8577 hosted Borel for a final dinner on Saturday night before she returned to her home in Stark, La. She told attendees her visit made her feel she had never left home.
“You ladies here opened up your arms and welcomed me. You are my extended family,” she said.
Borel met with more than 400 veterans and military spouses during her two-day stay during visits to the VA Hospital, Fort Hood, and several VFW posts.
She said representing 500,000 VFW members and all their programs is an honor.
“Every veteran gives me the right to wake up every day and do something good,” Borel said. “This organization has given me a feeling that what I do is worth something. I make a difference.”
Leadership from VFW posts from throughout Central Texas attended Saturday’s dinner in Cove where they were told they were responsible for increasing membership in the 115-year organization. Borel said making service members and their families aware of what the VFW does is a great recruiting tool.
“We have money available to students and schools and money we want to give them. Money is available for scholarships and for our troops,” she said. “The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary have money for emergencies like car repairs when their soldier is deployed or a broken water pipe. Just tell them to call the local VFW, and we will take care of it,”
District VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Juanita Workman of Copperas Cove said one issue kept coming up in Borel’s meetings with soldiers, family members and retirees.
“The biggest concern is health care and if it will continue for active duty and retired military,” Workman said. “Everyone is concerned that it is going to change.”
Borel’s visit was only the fourth time the national president visited the Copperas Cove area in the 100-year history of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.