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Department of Washington
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Fife, Washington, 98424
Phone: 253-922-2114
FAX: 253-922-2208
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Submit all news articles to the Department VFW Webmaster. Make sure that you name the source of the article and the participants in the news event. Acceptable formats for pictures are TIFF, JPG, PNG, BMP, PDF and EPS (Photoshop) files.

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New Department of Veteran Affairs I.D. Card coming soon!  Please click Here for more information.


VFW Post 1040 Eagle Scout Award

Eagle Scout Award




VFW Post 1040 awards the
1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Post Winners

Post 1040

VFW Post 1040 awards the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Post winners at a ceremony held at College Place Middle School on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
VFW believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism. That’s why we encourage youthful minds to examine our nation’s history and their own experiences in modern American society through our Patriot’s Pen youth essay-writing contest.
Annually, more than 100,000 students from grades 6-8 (nationwide) enter. One first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.
Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on a — always patriotic — annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. This year’s theme was: "What Patriotism Means to Me."
Pictured L-R back row; Frank Martinez, VFW Post 1040 Sr. vice Commander; John Zambrano, VFW Post 1040 Chaplain & Andy Dingman, VFW Post 1040 Patriots Pen Chairman.
Front Row; 1st Place- Samantha Dickinson; 2nd Place- Ines Broerson & 3rd Place - Yusuf Ishaque

Submitted by

Martin Spani,
VFW Post 1040 Commander
Ph; 425-774-7416



Post 1040 Awards Law
Enforcement Gold Medal

Post 1040

VFW Post 1040 awarded this years Law Enforcement Gold Medal award to Lynnwood Police officer Robert "Todd' DeGabriele in a ceremony held at the Lynnwood Police Station. Officer DeGabriele has on numerous occasions served as an acting Sergeant of Police as the agency need arose. He recently has served on a committee that was tasked with revising report documents to enhance the efficiency of the Police Departments paperwork process. He is a 13 year Veteran of the Police Department serving with distinction as a field training officer and firearms instructor in addition to his regular duties as a patrol officer. He has been instrumental in the advancement of fundamental police training that has assisted numerous Lynnwood Police Officers in the performance of their duties.
Pictured L-R; VFW Post 1040 Sr. Vice Commander Frank Martinez, Lynnwood Police Chief Steve Jensen, Officer Robert DeGabriele, VFW Post 1040 Commander Martin Spani & VFW Post 1040 Chaplain John Zambrano.

Submitted by:
Martin Spani
VFW Post 1040 Commander
Ph: 425-774-7416


Emergency Medical Technician
Gold Medal Award

  Post 1040

VFW Post 1040 Commander, Martin Spani, awarded the Emergency Medical Technician Gold Medal Award on Thursday to Ronald A. Wertz of the South Bay Fire Department in Thurston County. Ron received this award for giving 34 tireless years of service to the Fire department. During his tenure with the Department, he held the position of Firefighter/EMT, level One Firefighter, Shift Captain and Incident Command CPR instructor. Ron Wertz is outstanding in his field, well representing the South bay Fire Department and is extremely deserving of the award.
Pictured L-R; Martin Spani, VFW Post 1040 Commander & Ron A. Wertz, EMT of the Year.
Submitted by:
Martin Spani,
VFW Post 1040 Commander
Ph; 425-774-7416


VFW Eagle Scout Award Presentation

VFW Post 1040 presented a VFW Eagle Scout award to Spencer K. Davis of Troop 7 at the National Eagle Court of Honor held at the LDS Church in Mukilteo on  December 26th. Eagle Scout Davis completed his Eagle Scout project which consisted of building a large bookcase and stocking it with many games at the  Harbor Point Retirement Center. He then spent hours training the residents on  how to use the games. 

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 Pictured L-R VFW Post 1040 Commander Martin Spani, Post
Sr. Vice Commander Frank Martinez, Eagle Scout Spencer K. Davis and Post Chaplain  John Zambrano.

This event, the picture & story appeared in the Everett Herald; Edmonds Beacon & Lynnwood Journal newspapers. Since 2006, this was the 98th Eagle Scout Court of Honor that VFW Post 1040 has presented a VFW Eagle Scout certificate & Eagle Scout belt buckle.

Thanks to Robert J. Bureker EOD, USN. Ret who submitted this article to the  It has gone Nationwide and can be seen by going to the web page:


Sr. Vice-Commander Kenneth Przepiora
of Kent-Meridian Post 6785 presents
a Buddy Poppy Award to a young Cub Scout.



  During a post visit at Post 7089, a female veteran submitted a Life Member application including a copy of her DD214. Upon reviewing, it was discovered that she had obtained the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. We all understand that Global War on Terrorism is an automatic qualifier for becoming a member. The wording on this DD214 seemed different, so I took the DD214 and called National Headquarters this morning.
   I was informed that the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal is the qualifier.  The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal does not qualify for membership. This is a very important difference and can only be seen by reviewing the DD214. 
    A young active duty member must provide proof in writing showing the Expeditionary Medal was received.  The Service Medal is equivalent to the National Defense Ribbon. 
  If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will pursue an answer.
Thank you for your service, the work that you do and your support of veterans and community.
Fred Green
Senior Vice Commander
Department of Washington


Here is the contact information for the Washington State Attorney General's office for those veterans who suspect they have been victimized:

 Travis Alley at 206-464-6431 or


Announcing the VFW Post Special Project Award
Click Here for Award Criteria.
Click Here for Award Entry Form.
Click Here to read the article from the Community Service Chairman Carlos Almeda.



VA Grants up to One Year Retroactive Benefits for Veterans Filing Fully Developed Claims to Help Reduce the Backlog.

Click HERE to view.


Click HERE to read the Department of Veterans Affairs "Fast Letter" (FL) about procedures on restoring VA compensation withheld to recoup disability severance pay (DSP) for certain Navy and Marine Corps Veterans with a corrected DD Form 214 (DD 214), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or corrected separation orders.


Click HERE to read the Department of Veterans Affairs "Fast Letter" (FL) that provides guidance for establishing dates of claim including guidance for previously unadjudicated claims that are found or “discovered” in the claims folder. 


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On Friday, Feb. 8, VFW Department of Washington line officers presented a $25,000 check on behalf of the VFW Foundation to internationally-recognized artist Michael Reagan, who has drawn the portraits of over 3,200 service members who have died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan: L-R: Fred Green, VFW Department of Washington Junior Vice Commander; Ted Streete, VFW Department of Washington Senior Vice Commander; Krist Huseby, VFW Department of Washington Commander; Michael Reagan


Post Commanders now have access to "Post Query" on the VFW National website. Click HERE to go to the web page.


Warrior Wellness Project is meeting at JBLM at the Four Chaplains Chapel Thursdays from 1145 hrs to 1400 hrs. Click Here to view the flyer.