How a Post interacts with its community determines the relevancy of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Someone once said, “People don’t care how much you
know until they know how much you care.” The VFW and its Auxiliary’s ability to impact veterans, youth, political issues, patriotism, civic pride,
volunteerism, almost anything you can name, is directly dependent upon the Post being recognized as a caring and involved participant in the community.
The impact on the community is immeasurable. The benefit to the Post is new members, more effective fundraising, greater participation in
events and tremendous goodwill. The Post is, for most Americans, the only thing they know about the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Through Community
Service we can make sure those Americans in our community have a favorable opinion of our great organization and our veterans.
Some of the Community Service programs and activities provided by VFW Post 6873 are:
"TEXAS TRASH-OFF": As part of the Texas highway department's Adopt-A-Highway Program, Post 6873 maintains the appearance of a 2 mile stretch of Farm to Market Highway, FM 707,
in Taylor county.
"THANKSGIVING BASKETS": This is an annual event during the Thanksgiving holiday season where Post members put together and deliver food baskets to needy families in the Taylor County area.
"LITE-a-BIKE" RODEO/SAFETY DAY: This event is a bicycle "competition" for local children in 1st - 6th grade. We also invite members of DPS, Abilene Fire and Police Department,
Dyess Air Force Base Security Forces, D.A.R.E., Abilene's Safety City, local hospitals, and Border Patrol to talk to the kids.