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She’s got the lockbox: VFW post appoints first female

Jaymie Weber, in center, with some of her compatriots. Weber, who served in Iraq, was appointed as the first female quartermaster for the Monroe VFW Post 5711 on Thursday, May 11.

MONROE —  Jaymie Weber is the Monroe VFW Post
7511’s first female quartermaster and she has big plans to grow and refresh the aging post.
Weber, 37, is a USAF veteran, having served in the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom campaigns, reaching rank of technical sergeant and worked in logistics on the C-130 Hercules cargo jet. 
Needless to say, Weber is good under pressure and knows how to get things done. She is taking the same approach to her new position with the VFW. 
As quartermaster, she is basically the post’s money manager, handling its accounts, funds, property and guarding them too. She will be accountable not only to her post, but also to the national organization of VFWs. She was elected by the other post members to be the new quartermaster and she will hold the job for one year.
For this year, Weber has plans.
“We need more active members, and so we’ll be doing more events to gain interest and be more involved in the community,” Weber said. “Monroe is such a great community, and the post has been part of that, but we need more active members to volunteer and we want to help any and all of our local veterans.”
VFW Post 7511 currently has 47 members, however, not all of them are ‘active.’ Weber wants to change that and stimulate the post more with younger veterans. She said mixing in and talking with the older veterans, such as those who fought in Vietnam, is a therapeutic and humbling experience.
“It’s great to be with like-minded people, who’ve served and with PTSD, talking is therapy,” Weber said. “It also really puts things into perspective, like this one vet was talking about how (while serving) he couldn’t change out of his pants for 30 days, but then a Vietnam vet said he
couldn’t change out of his pants for four months. That puts things into perspective for us younger vets, talking with the older guys, because vets are treated differently today than those guys were back then.”
Weber said they all joke, laugh and talk about modern times more than anything. Some of the younger vets have taught the older vets to use smartphones, Facebook and other technology platforms. 
“It gives us younger people a chance to spend our free time positively and it helps the older guys living, you know, learning new technology and communicating online better, so that they can be acknowledged,” she said. “It’s great to let them know we’re there for them.”
Weber said she has found transitioning from military to civilian life easier with joining the VFW. Originally from Kent, Weber moved to Monroe seeking a good community to raise her children. She joined Post 7511 in January.
“It’s important, I think, because there are many female veterans out there and finding camaraderie with other veterans of foreign wars is... it’s everything,” Weber said. “It’s completely helped me.”
Weber and one other female veteran are part of the post. The other 45 members are men.

Fun run and celebration
The VFW post is planning a 5K fun run/walk, called Flags for our Fallen, to commemorate the “real meaning of Memorial Day,” at Lake Tye Park on Saturday, May 27. 
It’s a community event and all are invited. Weber
said last week they have 150 people signed up, but would love to reach 200 people. All proceeds from the fun run benefit the veterans in expanding the post’s programs and membership base. 
“If you know a veteran of a foreign war, talk with them, tell them that we’re here and to come to the fun run or to one of our monthly meetings,” she said. “We are here.”
Monroe VFW Post 7511 meets every second Thursday of the month at the I.O.O.F. Hall at 610 S. Lewis Street.
For more information about the Fun Run/Walk, go to the VFW Post 5711 Facebook page.
On Memorial Day May 29, the post will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, 21714 Old Owen Road.


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