NEW HAVEN, CONN (September 10, 2015) – The newly formed Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States New Haven Post 12150 concluded their charter membership drive and named their officers for 2015-2016 at a Sept. 10, 2015 Institution Ceremony.

Made up of student and Post-9/11 combat and war veterans, the new post closed their charter-recruiting period with 54 members and obligated their 2015-2016 officers: Commander Charles M. Pickett; Sr. Vice Commander Robert Clark Jr.; Jr. Vice Commander Derek Torrellas; Quartermaster Michael Finnegan; Chaplain James Namnoum; 1-Year Trustee Biancesca Rivera, 2-Year Trustee Catherine Keating, 3-Year Trustee Frank Alvarado; Adjutant Hendrik Sorensen; Judge Advocate Thomas Berry; Surgeon Bryan Standish; Officer of the Day Christopher M. Joyce; Service Officer Gabor Kautzner; and Sergeant At Arms Justin Farrar.

The Institution Ceremony officially closed the chartering period and announced the formation of the VFW New Haven post to the veteran and greater New Haven community. In a few months, the VFW New Haven has become the largest veterans service organization in New Haven and the fastest growing VFW post in Connecticut.

The VFW New Haven Post 12150 meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:10 p.m. at the New Haven Elks Lodge No. 25 (524 State St.). To join the VFW, a veteran must have served honorably, served in a foreign war, and be a U.S. citizen.

ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is the oldest and largest major combat and war veterans service organization in America. Our volunteers, families, and members bring veterans together, we take care of each other, and we continue to serve our country and our communities.

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