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VFW 9-mile Gut Check

posted Sep 24, 2015, 7:26 AM by School Publications   [ updated Sep 28, 2015, 7:17 AM ]

     The VFW dates back to the turn of the 20th century, when veterans founded local organizations to keep and protect benefits for their services.  In 1936 the VFW gained close to 200,000 members and has continued to grow as an organization.  The Village of Brownstown has one of these posts: VFW Post 9770.

    The VFW Post 9770 has sixty members affiliated with the post.  They help veterans within the community by providing meals, financial assistance, and transportation to medical facilities.  As well as helping veterans in need, Post 9770 performs military rites at funerals and holds a Memorial Day service each year in the Brownstown park.  In return the community helps give support through donations and showing up at events hosted by the Post.  One event Post 9770 prepares is the nine-mile run/walk that occurs annually.

    On September nineteenth Post 9770 held a nine-mile run/walk nicknamed "The Gut Check".  The intense travel from The American Legion in Vandalia to the VFW Post in Brownstown is used as a fundraiser to make payments for the new VFW building in Brownstown. Post 9770 raised over $7,000 to help finish construction this past week.  The event had one hundred and thirty participants, twenty volunteers, and escorts for walkers provided by the Vandalia Fire and Police Departments and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.  When contestants arrived at the destination, they would go inside the Brownstown VFW building to feast.  The meal was donated by Frontier Communications and prepared by members of Post 9770.

    Lastly, Brownstown VFW Post 9770 stated that they will continue to have the Gut Check as long as people are wanting to participate. They also want to thank everybody for their support and help received for the event.

by Seth Powell

9-mile Gut Check 2015