Highest-ranking state VFW officers to visit Winton Nov. 19

The highest officers in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California, will visit Winton in District 13 Nov. 19-21.

The annual visit will be an opportunity for the VFW State Commander, Denis Wells, and Ladies Auxiliary State President, Judy Jones, to meet members from local posts and gain an understanding of the issues facing the district.

he commander and president will be at the VFW Post 7792 at 7093 Walnut Avenue in Winton Friday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. for a dinner and plaque ceremony.

They will also appear in Tracy, Livermore, Stockton, San Andreas, Ione and Ripon.

The VFW serves veterans throughout California, especially in District 13 which encompasses Amador, Calaveras, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties. Wells and Jones will be available throughout the weekend to discuss specifics on how they plan to serve local veterans and the community.

Wells joined the Air Force in 1965 and retired as a master sergeant with more than 20 years of service. He earned many awards, including the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal with palm and unit citations which included the Outstanding Unit Citation and the Presidential Citation. He joined the VFW in 1985 at Post 7792 in Winton and became a life member in 1986. He’s served through district chairs and was one of only five All State District Commanders for the year 1997-1998. Today, he serves as the Post Service Officer and the District 13 Assistant Quartermaster.

Through her husband Brian Jones’ Vietnam Service, Judy was eligible to become a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, which she joined in February 1990. She has been an active member since joining and has been an activist to ensure the continuance and adoption of veteran entitlements. Her other memberships include the Auxiliary of Disabled American Veterans and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Unit 106.