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VFW honors servicemen
By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — For a fifth time this year, the Glynn Moore Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6439, has presented a Bible to the spouse of a U.S. veteran following his death.
Quartermaster Epifanio “Jr.” Castillo, of the VFW Post 6439, recently presented a Bible to Barbara Roberson in honor of her husband Lonnie Roberson’s service in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1962.
“This Holy Bible is presented in recognition of your loved one’s service to our country,” Castillo said. “We sincerely hope that you will find comfort, consolation and strength through God’s word.”
VFW organizations provide programs and services to support veterans, service members and their families as well as communities worldwide. As membership dwindles, Castillo said the local Wellington Post continues to hang in there.
“Childress, Memphis and Shamrock VFW Posts have all closed,” he said. “Our only source of income, the Canteen that brings in a small amount, is shut down at this time due to COVID-19. Fundraisers like our Wall of Honor last year have been a lifesaver. Some members help us get back on our feet from time to time, too.”
The VFW serves as a place of fellowship for veterans, according to Castillo. He welcomes area service men and women to join the Wellington VFW Post. Meetings are at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. The Post is located at 16230 FM 338, a short distance east of Wellington.
“To be able to discuss our military service with someone who has been there, whether after a meeting or at the Canteen, means a lot,” he said. “The Canteen is highly regulated by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and is open to members only.”
Castillo serves as the Veterans Service Officer (VSO) for Collingsworth County as well as the Post Quartermaster. As VSO, he advises and assists veterans and their dependents in understanding and obtaining benefits to which they are entitled under federal, state and local legislation.
Although Castillo said his caseload has low numbers, he guides veterans in the right direction and has access to the Texas Veterans Commission to check on claims.
A county appointed position, Castillo meets with veterans face to face to save them from an automated telephone system experience.
A veteran needing assistance can contact Castillo at 806-205-1610 or at his office, Room 6 on the first floor of the Collingsworth County Courthouse.
Castillo’s purpose aligns with the mission of VFW organizations, “to foster camaraderie among U.S. veterans of overseas conflicts, to serve our veterans, the military and our communities and to advocate on behalf of all veterans.”