The VFW Poppy Program

By April Thomas, Quartermaster Gentry –Isom VFW Post 2702

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veteran’s service organization and Gentry-Isom VFW Post 2702 has been serving veterans in the Huntsville area since 1945. Located at 2900 Memorial Pkwy Frontage Rd NW in North Huntsville Post 2702 is breathing new life into the 66 year old building and growing membership.

VFW Post 2702 provides information and resources for all manner of veteran benefits and services. The Post supports local veterans groups and community programs to build awareness of veterans in need, such as the “The VFW Buddy Poppy” program that provides compensation to veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home For Children. Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals; let us know if you’d like to reserve a small space in your business for some poppies.

Veterans returning to the Huntsville/Madison area from campaigns overseas the Post provides a community for veterans to seek support and/or support other veterans, such as, The Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home where veterans and their widows reside and Post 2702 members volunteer time and money to support these local heroes.

This year VFW Post 2702 is hosting the first Annual Gentry-Isom Barbecue Cook Off. The open to the public event takes place on 3rd July and includes prizes for Best Pulled Pork, Chicken, & Ribs. To enter, contact Bobby Lee Jr. at, only room for 20 contestants. The Post is looking for prize sponsors and all donations and proceeds go to helping veterans with PTSD treatment.

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