Portrait of Charles M. Pickett of New Haven, Connecticut who is running to be the 2023 VFW Connecticut Junior Vice Commander.


NEW HAVEN, CONN.—An Elm City veterans service organization has endorsed a local military veteran running for a state-level leadership position in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Connecticut. 

VFW New Haven Post 12150 endorsed Charles M. Pickett for the position of 2023 Department of Connecticut Junior Vice Commander at their January monthly member meeting. 

VFW 12150 post Jr. Vice Commander Bryan Standish said, “The veterans of VFW New Haven enthusiastically endorse our commander Charlie Pickett for the office of Jr. Vice of Connecticut. He is a respected veteran leader, supports his fellow veterans and our community, and was the driving force behind the formation of our young VFW post when most veteran service organizations are on the decline.”

In 52 departments spanning the globe, the junior vice position is third in rank in each, in the largest and oldest war veterans service organization in America. Typically, elected members move up “through the seats” of junior and senior vice commander, and lead the department after two years. 

Pickett said, “It’s an honor to receive this endorsement and encouragement from my fellow veterans in New Haven. I look forward to campaigning across Connecticut this spring, securing support before the state convention in June.”

Currently the commander of the VFW New Haven and the American Legion New Haven Post 210, and an English teacher at The Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center in New Haven, Pickett is a twice-deployed Army Engineer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pickett said, “I am running to revitalize our state-level commitment and continue the mission of our venerated veterans service organization–to foster camaraderie, to support our communities, and to continue to serve our great nation.”


The VFW is a nonprofit veterans service organization of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, we are the nation’s largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans organization.

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