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Aug 05, 2022

Middletown Veteran Honored by VFW for Volunteer Work

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is proud to launch #StillServing, a campaign to bring attention to and honor the continued commitment and sacrifice of America’s veterans.

The men and women who bravely defend our nation often continue to selflessly serve their communities and country in ways beyond their military service. This awareness campaign showcases how veterans continue a life of service and how their ongoing contributions are positively impacting our society.

 “Veterans truly exemplify the best of America,” said William “Doc” Schmitz, VFW national commander. “They are dedicated to giving of themselves, and the skills and values they develop in the military only deepen their desire to better themselves, their communities and their country through service. We are grateful for the millions of members who have made service a hallmark of the VFW and we’re excited for the veterans who are joining now to carry this forward in new ways.”

Middletown veteran Christine Goetz is being honored for through this campaign. A 26-year US Army veteran, Goetz struggled after her husband, mother and sister all passed away within two years. She started volunteering at Center for Community Renewal (CCR), a pantry in Keansburg that accepts donations of food and clean, serviceable clothing which is distributed to the lesser fortunate in the immediate area. She helps host a small pantry on Tuesdays and a large outdoor pantry/farmers market on Saturday mornings. As an active member and chaplain of VFW Post 4303 in Hazlet, Goetz also wanted to do something for veterans, so she got permission from CCR to take surplus food to the three veterans’ homes in New Jersey.

Goetz calls her work a “labor of love” and hopes to expand it beyond her work with CCR, collecting donations on her own, especially for veterans. Her goal is to make life a little easier and more comfortable for those who selflessly gave their time and often have been left with unwanted souvenirs both physical and mental. She looks forward to being allowed to visit with the residents of the veterans’ homes once the pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Building on a legacy of service that spans more than a century, #StillServing represents the heart of the VFW and its members, and conveys what today’s VFW embodies. The VFW encourages all veterans to share stories on social media using #StillServing to show how they continue to answer the call to serve in ways big and small. In addition, family or friends are asked to use #StillServing in social media posts to honor a veteran in their lives who believes the spirit of service transcends military life.

  The VFW urges Americans to visit vfw.org/stillserving to learn more about the campaign, make a shareable image honoring veterans in their lives, watch videos of VFW members making a difference and see a collection of user-generated content.