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John E. Mealy Memorial Post 3282
5810 S. Williamson Blvd.
Post Orange, Florida 32128
(386) 761-7217

VFW Port Orange, Florida

Commanders Corner - VFW Port Orange, Florida


I have to start out by thanking everyone for their patience.  The move to the new building has been very long and demanding.  A lot of people helped us with the move.  To try and list everyone would be very difficult, and I know I would miss someone.  So instead I'm just going to say "THANK YOU!!!  THANK YOU !!!  THANK YOU !!!

Without all of your help we would not have been able to accomplish everything that we did.  We are now completely back on schedule,  Sunday morning breakfast,  Bingo on Sunday, Tuesday night Italian Night,  Thursday night dinners, and Friday night Fish Fry.  Come in for a great meal in our brand new non-smoking dining room.

February 23rd we're going to have our New Post Home Dedication.  The dedication ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. outside by the flag poles.  All members and guest are invited to attend.  After the ceremony we will be hosting an open house with tours of our new building.  So if you're a bit curious as to what the new building looks like, please attend the Dedication Ceremony and visit our new home.  We're also planing a Dedication / Grand opening ball in the evening.  We're going to have a steak dinner, live music in the ball room and in the lounge.  Tickets are on sale for $12.00 per person.  Come on out and enjoy the night.

In February we're also celebrating Valentine's day with a three day lover's get-together,  Food and music all three days from February 14th to February 16th.  So plan on whooping it up, letting your hair down and by all means come out and enjoy our new facility.

In March we're celebrating St. Patrick's Day with all the typical Irish culinary delights,  corned beef and cabbage and Irish Ale.

Come in and enjoy your new Post Home.


Yours in Comradeship, Al Burley Commander.

About Al:

In 1953 Al joined the U. S. Army and took basic training in Fort Dix, New Jersey. He went on to Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and also completed Airborne Jump School Training. Al joined the Special Forces (The Green Berets) in 1964 and for the next eleven years served with the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnan, the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N C, the Dominican Republic, and Panama. He also served with the 10th Special Forces Group in Germany and Fort Devens, Mass. Areas of combat service include Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic (1965) and two tours in Vietnan (1965 – 1966) & (1970 – 1971). Al’s decorations include Bronze Star w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air medal, Army Commendation Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist and numerous Unit and Presidential Unit Commendations. After retiring from the service in 1975, Al moved to Phoenix, Arizona. There he attended flight school to obtain a pilot’s license and a helicopter license as well. He went on to become a Flight Instructor and logged in over 1000 hours of flight time. While in Arizona he also began a career a cable television design and construction. In 1983 he was transferred to Rhode Island as the East Coast Construction Manager. There he met and married his wife, Evelyn. They moved to Florida in 1987 where Al continued his career in cable as a Design Engineer. Upon his arrival in Florida in 1987, Al joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3282, Port Orange, Florida. He was elected Commander of the Post in 1990 – 1991 and earned the titles of All State and All American Commander. In 1992 he was elected Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Florida District 19, and in 1993-94 served as Veterans of Foreign Wars National Aide-de-Camp. Al has again been elected to serve as Post 3282 Commander for the year 2007 – 2008. After twenty-two years with the cable company, Al retired to join the Florida lifestyle of traveling, fishing, and gardening and continues serving veterans and the community through the extensive Community Service and Veterans programs of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


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