Veterans of Foreign Wars Department

Vets Dept CCRD-Veteran-Services

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1


Some of our members have experienced some unbearable situations because of their decision to step forward to support and defend our country and the Constitution. Some are still serving in harms way. Yes, for many of our members, the price of serving has exacted a great toll. Yet! Regardless of the cost, our veterans did not hesitate to answer the call to serve and bear the cost of freedom because they realized that freedom is not free.

Over the years, federal, state and local benefits for veterans have evolved to meet their changing needs. This evolution in benefits has produced some complex and very mind-boggling red tape. The language that it speaks is sometimes difficult to understand. Many of our brothers and sisters that are serving or have served in past wars, may not understand nor be aware of the benefits that they are entitled to. The members of this committee shall stand ready to assist, educate and advise our veterans about services pertaining to:

1. VA Healthcare
2. Veterans with Service – Connected Disabilities
3. VA Pensions and Rating increase
4. Reserve and National Guard
5. Transition Assistance
6. Benefits for Dependents and Services
7. Appeals of VA Claims Decisions
8. Military Medals and Records
9. Benefits Provided by Other Federal Agencies
10. VA Facilities
11. Burial and Memorial Benefits
12. Education and Training

Yours Fraternally,
Rev. Dr. James E. Hamms, PM #506
Chairman, VFW Department
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas



The Final Inspection

marine corps emblem


The Soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

'no, Lord, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough.

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes, God, forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,

It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod.

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell.'

~Author Unknown~