On 15 August 2017, the Venice Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8118 presented a sponsorship check to Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Venice Cadet Squadron. Lt. Col. Thomas Trammell, CAP, accepted the donation from VFW Post Commander Dennis Rotenberry.
“The VFW is proud to support the Venice Cadet
Squadron,” said Rotenberry. “We are looking forward to our partnership growing in the future.”
“The VFW has a long history of supporting CAP programs. Through Post 8118’s generosity, our squadron will be able to financially assist several cadets to attend winter and summer encampments,” announced Trammell who serves as the Venice squadron's commander,
Trammell explained that the two organizations have a shared commitment toward today’s youth. A priority for the VFW organization is working alongside America’s youth and instilling a sense of patriotism. The combat veterans can play an important role by providing young people with rare insight into the sacrifices our service members make. At the same time, the CAP cadet program challenges cadets to live the ethic of integrity and to embrace timeless values including service to community. The partnership with VFW helps to instill the value of respect through the opportunity to interact with those who have served their country.
Lt. Col. Trammell credits Venice squadron member Major Ted Dodds for his continued efforts
to keep the local VFW post up to date on the squadron’s activities. “The experience
at encampment provides cadets an opportunity for building a foundation of both
teamwork and self-reliance. Many cadets would not be able to attend without the
financial support of sponsors like the VFW. We are extremely grateful for their support.”
Lt. Col. Tom Trammell served as Commander of the Advanced Training Squadron for the 2017 Florida Wing Summer Encampment held in June at Camp Blanding, Fla. (Photo: FLWG Public Affairs)