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Every day is Veterans Day at VFW

Dick Belvel enjoys Sunday afternoon at VFW Post 2434 in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News) Dick Belvel enjoys Sunday afternoon at VFW Post 2434 in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Navy veteran Mike Davis has been a member of VFW Post 2434 in Biloxi for a year. (Photo source: WLOX News) Navy veteran Mike Davis has been a member of VFW Post 2434 in Biloxi for a year. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Wet weather over the weekend put a damper on many activities, including early Veterans Day celebrations.

However, it's always good weather at the VFW, where Veterans Day is every day.

Air Force veteran Dick Belvel is a life member of VFW Post 2434 in Biloxi. He likes to bring his wife to dance on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Since we’ve been coming here, I’ve never seen anybody with a sour face,” Belvel said. “We were greeted when we first came here as friends that have been here forever. And every time we leave, we feel like we’ve had a wonderful night of fellowship.”

But on Sunday, a football game and a hot dog is just the right entertainment. For Belvel, it doesn’t matter what’s on the agenda as long as it’s with his buddies.

“It’s a brotherhood,” Belvel noted. “It’s a brotherhood of all of us who have gone through the same thing. In my opinion, the greatest people in the world in our country are veterans. They’re the most patriotic, and most reliable.”

Veterans Day is important to him, but the VFW goes beyond just that one celebration.

“Every day is Veterans Day at the VFW,” Belvel said. “That’s what it’s for. It is my social life. That and church.”

The VFW is a vital part of everyday life, and it works with the VA to help veterans, particularly with suicide prevention. And social interaction, says post commander James Corley, is at the center.

“We’re a place that you can come in and relax and to be able to talk to other veterans and be able to vent your problems and maybe solve some problems," said Corley.

Post member and Navy veteran Mike Davis has been a member of the post for about a year.

“It’s a place where you can come and have that camaraderie that we used to have when we were on active duty,” he said. “It’s a gathering place and we get to share each other's stories," said Davis.

For Belvel, Veterans Day is another day to do what he loves to do all the time.

“It means I can be with my friends, my fellow countrymen and say I’m proud of what I did," Bevel noted.

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