The local Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 3106 offers a day of fun-filled entertainment for the Leesville community, as a continued outreach to give back to its members.

“Well, our National issued us a challenge on our programs, and I took that challenge with our Family Freedom Festival,” VFW Auxiliary President Brenda Lawson explains. “We not only help with our military and our veterans, we also help with our community, and that’s what today is really all about.”

Lawson explains that the event acts as a way to educate the surrounding community about the many different programs available, starting with children in Pre-Kindergarten and continuing into college years.

The VFW provides opportunities to learn more about their Continuing Education Program, a chance for young participants to learn more about the American Flag in Flag Education for Kids, along with many more.

In addition, the VFW invited Christus Health to the event, informing those in attendance about their US Family Health Plan, an option to Tricare Prime that costs the same, plus additional benefits for Active Duty military members, retirees and their dependents.

“We’ve been in the area for about a year,” Christus Health healthcare advisor Rae Addison said. “We’re trying to get the word out to the people in this area, let them know about their options and give them the chance to take control of their healthcare.”

The event offered a number of fun activities for both children and adult members of the community and the VFW family, from the ring toss, the life-sized bowling, to a dunking tank outside where children had quite a lot of fun sending dropping volunteers in a cold, watery bath.

The event was catered by the hardworking staff of the VFW, running from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. all day on Saturday, September 8.

For further questions regarding the VFW’s education programs and scholarships, be sure to contact the Post 3106 headquarters at 205 East Harriet Street in Leesville.