Warriors Still Serving
As yesterday's defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.  Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service in the Persian Gulf, Korea, Kosovo, the war on terrorism or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns. Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace.




The Post is open regular hours, 11 AM (noon weekends) to 9 PM

and has just completed a thorough cleaning regimen.


By order of the Governor, we cannot sit or stand at the bar

and are Practicing Virginia Mandated Social Distancing.

The Canteen phone number is still 703-491-1884 

 Colonel Eugene P. Deatrick USAF

Aviation Legend    96 Years Old          Life Member VFW Post 7916 

"Oh to be 90 again!!"




Gene passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Alexandria of leukemia complications on December 30 surrounded by his son Will, loved ones, and pilot buddies. He will be buried at Arlington with his wife of 56 years, Zane, who predeceased him.  His daughter in law Debra & grandson Wes Deatrick miss him already. For years gene has been the Post's Aviator Emeritus whose contributions to the Post include the NC-4 propeller in the Black Cat Lounge as well as the 12' Rubinesque recling nude secreted away in the Post.  Gene was the President of the "Old, Bold Pilots" Washington DC Chapter.
Gene flew 402 Combat missions in Vietnam earning two DFCs, 22 Air Medals and the BSM with a "V". 
Our lives are all better for knowing Gene.

   July 4 2020

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All-American Hawkins-Reeve Post 7916 has been especially selected to represent the Veterans of Foreign Wars nationally.

A crew from VFW Headquarters Kansas City arrived in Occoquan at sunrise Saturday July 18 to make a Public Service Announcement featuring the great work of VFW Post 7916’s "Warriors Still Serving”, one of just six Posts of the over 6000 VFW Posts worldwide selected to represent the VFW. 

The film crew began the day by capturing the beauty of Historic Occoquan store fronts, water front and emphasizing Occoquan’s military tribute banners hanging throughout the town.

The crew filmed Post members raising the American Flag, delivering meals to the needy, checking on the health and welfare of veterans and community members, providing food and supplies to families in the community, as well as preparing "care packages” for deployed troops. 



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Post 7916 On National TV 
 This one has Joe and George raising the flag and Big Jim walking his dog on the boardwalk in Occoquan.


This one includes Mary Ellen on  USNS Comfort in NYC &

JP's face masks at INOVA Fairfax. 


Walter, Lisa, Wes, Lindy & Joe 


 VFW 2020 Year In Review




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"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end -- which you can never afford to lose -- with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”

— James B. Stockdale, VADM USN, Pilot, POW, CMH 

The  National Cemetery Administration continues internment at National Cemeteries,  but for now without traditional Committal Services and Military Honors.  National Cemetery  Administration may be reached at 1-800-535-1117.  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVANCA/bulletins/2849dcb



Commander -- Jeff Lett

Senior Vice Commander -- Nick Roper

Junior Vice Commander -- Bob Fenlason

Quartermaster -- Mike Frank

Adjutant -- Christina Martin

Service Officer -- Lindy Dietz

Judge Advocate General -- Jeff Springman

Chaplain -- Clancy McQuigg

Surgeon -- Ken Timborski

1st Year Trustee -- Robert Hill

2nd Year Trustee - Mike LaBrash

3rd Year Trustee -- AL Short 



TO BE DETERMINED  5 August  Auxiliary Meeting





 August 18, 1930 - September 16, 2020

Life Member Charles "Charlie" Richard Krear

Since June 27, 1946 All-American Hawkins-Reeve Post 7916 "Warriors Still Serving"

"honor our dead by helping the living."




This is our most successful year ever 

See your Honoree's Banner Location 


Banners 2020


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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!  Saturday July 4th, we celebrate America’s 244th birthday.


America has much to be proud of!  Americans pioneered the establishment of modern democracy, experienced both domestic and global wars, and paved the way for the digital age. Throughout this period, we have been blessed with the dedication of our Armed Forces. Yes, for these 244 years, our military has worked to preserve the freedoms which were dearly valued by our Founding Fathers.   

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain and its king, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, the birth certificate of America. 

In a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail, dated July 3d, 1776, Adams refers to that day as "the most memorable epoch in the history of America.”  He continued: "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore."


Adams concludes his letter with this stirring paragraph: "I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.”     


 This Independence Day, may we celebrate the birth of our nation proudly, resolutely determined to preserve our freedom, just as our Founding Fathers proclaimed so boldly over 244 years ago.



God Bless America!


"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” 
– Ronald Reagan



RESCHEDULED TBD:  9 AM Monday May 18, USMC Base Quantico Medal Of Honor Golf Course for the 12th Jewish War Veterans Classic Charity Outing & Picnic in support of Fisher House.  1st Prize is your team name on the "Memphis Bell Trophy" and a round of golf for four at the Westfields CC.  To play or sponsor go to: www.VeteransGolfClassic.com or contact JWV Post 95 Burke Commander Dave Myers at DavidBMyers21@gmail.com or 703-209-5925. 

LEARN ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS NEW Telehealth Program for Hi-Tech connection for you with your VA care teams and specialists including:

  • Real-time, interactive video visits.
  • In-home and mobile health remote monitoring.
  • Technologies that transmit health data or images to VA providers.
no matter the distance at: https://telehealth.va.gov/what-telehealth 


 "But we have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserves us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace too proud to pray to the God that made us".
Abraham Lincoln Proclamation - A National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, March 30, 1863  
All American Post 7916 and the Town of Occoquan proudly announce the second annual Military Tribute Banner Program is SOLD OUT.   For everything you need to know to have a a banner to honor the veteran you love hung along Mill Street after Memorial Day 2020 under "current programs" scroll down to Occoquan after you open:   www.militarytributebanners.org


CLICK HERE AND " Remember the Maine" Sunk at anchor in Havana Harbor February 15, 1898
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima February 23, 1945 is the iconic photograph of six United States Marines raising the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.  
On March 6,1836, After a two week siege, the Battle of the Alamo came to a gruesome end, capping off a pivotal moment in the Texas Revolution. Over 1000 Mexican forces recaptured the fort, and nearly all of the roughly 200 Texan defenders were killed.  On April 21, Texas won the battle of San Jacinto and independence from Mexico.  
                          Happy Birthday Green Berets

Since its inception on June 19th, 1952, U.S. Army Special Forces, or the Green Berets, have been the tip of the spear in the special operations community, being heavily relied on the last six decades for its expertise in unconventional warfare. The last 18 years U.S. Army Special Forces have been deployed to over 90 countries at any given time and has sustained over 60% of all Special Operations Forces casualties since September 11, 2001.


A Very Special Thanks.  On behalf of the entire Post, I give a very special thanks to the following Post members, who despite their many other responsibilities, including their personal, and family requirements, have invested an extraordinary amount of time and energy to support those who need help during the COVID-19 unpleasantness.  If I missed anyone, I meant to include you.  I am proud to be a member of your Post.  Jeff Lett, Commander

Mary and Steve Amato, Jimmy Bruck, Jeff Currer, Lindy Dolan, Mercedes N. Kirkland-Doyle,Mike Frank, Wes Girvin, Gianni Giordano, Renee Graham, Misty & Sean Hagerty, Lisa Renee Johnson, Pierce Lewis, Charles Mick, Sam Palmer and Amy Gregory, John Palo, Andrew Peck, Tanya & Dave Ralston, Suzanne Rogers, Logan Silicato, Lisa & Pat Sivigny, Mary Ellen Wetmore, Rick Wiegert, and Chuck Wilson.


Post members have been fully engaged in advancing our mission of "Honoring the Dead by Helping the Living”.  We have provided and delivered hundreds of  meals and Sunday Dinners to the needy including fabulous Easter Sunday Dinners amd Memorial Day Dinners to members, as well as making health and welfare checks for Post members.   The Post made a donation to the Lorton Community Action Center (a local food bank) which used it to purchase 5000 pounds of food for the needy. 

Post members on the Occoquan PD are making health & welfare checks for all Occoquan residents, we have provided protective masks to local medical facilities, Patriot Scuba provided scuba diving masks from a member’s dive shop for conversion to COVID-19 ventilator masks, one of our members is part of the Veterans Administration leader team to protect veterans from COVID-19, another   member is on the Department of Homeland Security leader team fighting COVID-19.  We are giving blood and contributing to the Occoquan "Good News Community Kitchen"run by one of our Members.

Today, a Navy Nurse Post member is onboard the USNS Comfort. This 1,000 bed floating hospital arrived on station at New York City in response to the COVID-19 pandemic currently attacking our nation. We are fortunate to have these Post Members and VFW members all over the world defending us and our families today. Bravo Zulu. Jeff Lett, Commanding 

U.S. NAVY OCTOBER 13, 1775
Non Sibi Sed Patriae




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As yesterday's defenders of freedom...

 ...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars is dedicated

 to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country, veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces, and their families and continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed service members and their families.

Post News

Important Info for Post7916 Members

HB 63 Passes Virginia General Assembly

Recognizes Veteran Service Organizations under Virginia Tax Code with VFW Post 7916 leading the effort

VFW Post 7916 Hosts The “Old Bold Pilots” Association

"Don't be a show-off. Never be too proud to turn back. There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots." – E. Hamilton Lee, 1949

District News

Important Info for District 10 Members

Wreaths Across America

Alexandria National Cemetery - Please help VFW Post 609 remember, honor, and teach on December 19 at 12:00 PM by sponsoring a wreath, volunteering, or inviting friends to help.

Quantico National Cemetery - NOVA Veterans Association will be laying wreaths at Quantico National Cemetery from 16-19 December.

VFW - Our Service Never Stops

VFW Post 7916 and their auxiliary members were featured in the latest promotional video from VFW National.

Statewide News

News & Info from your department

A Mission Like No Other: Bringing Our Missing Home

Virginia Veterans Foundation Announces Grants to VFW, Auxiliary

Nearly $6,000 for community service and Post home improvements all funded by Powerhouse Gaming.

National News

Important info from National VFW

Post of the Month Launches to Showcase How Posts Are #StillServing

The VFW is proud to honor all veterans who are #StillServing, and it's especially meaningful to see the ways Posts have provided much needed assist...

VFW Announces Annual Publications Contest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is now accepting submissions for its 2021 National Publications Contest. VFW...



"We Honor Our Fallen By Caring For Our Living"   That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies.