Greenwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5864 Cmdr. Robert J. Muhlhauser has been named an All-American commander for his outstanding achievements in growing membership and participating in VFW programs that benefit veterans and their communities.
“The criteria for this honor are based on outstanding achievements within the post,” said VFW National Cmdr. William Thien at the national convention in July in St. Louis. “The title of All-American commander is the most prestigious honor given by our organization,” and Muhlhauser was one of only 197 post commanders selected worldwide for the honor this year.
Several months after humbly accepting the award, Muhlhauer still prefers to talk more about his post’s accomplishments than his.
“I’ve got a great post, and I get a lot of support from our members,” said Muhlhauser, who served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division in 1970 during the Vietnam War. “If a commander doesn’t have a dedicated membership, he cannot accomplish all the necessary programs. One person alone cannot achieve this.”
He has been active in the post since 2005 and also serves as commander of the 7th District.
Of the post’s 459 members, one is his son Robert, who served in the Navy Reserve in Africa.
The post is dedicated to helping veterans through various services and legislative advocacy, said Muhlhauser. “Our post ‘family’ includes men’s and women’s auxiliaries. We are real busy around Memorial Day and Veterans Day with our Buddy Poppy fundraisers.
Located at 333 S. Washington St., the post maintains a veterans relief fund that is set aside to help needy veterans, regardless of whether or not they are members, said Muhlhauser. “We also identify a deserving family to help at Christmas, as well as supporting the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, Mich., and the Indiana State Home in Lafayette.”
The post also participates in the VFW’s Patriots Pin essay contest, which carries a top prize of a $10,000 scholarship, and the Voice of Democracy speech contest and its national grand prize of a $30,000 scholarship.
Upcoming events include celebrating the Marine Corps’ 239th birthday on Nov. 10 and serving free breakfasts and lunches to veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Membership is limited to veterans who have served in combat theaters. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation’s oldest veterans service organization with nearly 1.9 million members at almost 7,000 posts worldwide.