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The 24 posts of VFW District 18 have something to be proud of this year, according to a news release issued by the veterans’ organization.

The tri-county district of Cumberland, Dauphin and Lebanon has earned All American status by meeting standards in membership and philanthropy.

This year, district members have donated over $650,000 to veterans and local communities along with hundreds of hours in volunteer work. District 18 also saw its ranks grow by hundreds of members.

That’s not an easy task, district commander David Gyger said, adding it took a lot of effort in recruiting from all the posts in the district to attract younger veterans.

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Founded over 100 years ago, the VFW recently achieved growth for the first time in 27 years with over 1.7 million members. VFW National Commander Vincent Lawrence recently presented Gyger with the All American honor at the VFW National Convention in Florida.

District 18 was one of five districts out of Pennsylvania’s 24 districts to earn All American status.

The purpose of the VFW is to speed rehabilitation of the nation’s disabled and needy veterans, assist veterans' widows and orphans and the dependents of needy or disabled veterans and to promote Americanism.

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