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Omaha’s VFW Post 2503 Celebrates Veterans Day, Revamped Post

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – VFW Post 2503 Commander Larry Quilliam had Creighton fans on their feet last Thursday.

He received Berry Law’s Mission Service Award during Creighton University’s men’s basketball game against North Dakota.

The next day he made me run standing around his post.

“Larry is a go-go-go guy,” said active duty veteran and current Army National Guardsman Ryan Sudbeck. “I mean he starts doing something and he doesn’t stop.”

Quilliam found a place in Nebraska’s biggest VFW position about five years ago.

“My wife felt that I wasn’t doing enough or not having enough in my life, so she thought I should get involved in things. We came here to VFW and I’m involved since.

That day, the Air Force veteran was at work, preparing to honor others who served with the annual Veterans Day spaghetti lunch and dinner.

“About 5.5 percent of the people living today among the American population are veterans. That’s a very small number who protected our borders, our country, and our freedoms,” Quilliam said. welcome to come to my post.”

Veterans gather for a free meal and can also check out other services like VA, insurance plans, benefits, attorneys and more.

“So it’s a one-stop-shop for my veterans and I make it as easy as possible for them to get help if they need it,” Quilliam said.

Quilliam expected around 400 people to attend the event and check out the revamped post.

“The post has had an absolute makeover in pretty much everything it has here, just making this a better place for veterans to come and congregate,” Sudbeck said.

“We have a brand new patio that is absolutely amazing,” said veteran Michael Reeder.

“It’s not your old man’s drinking bar anymore,” Quilliam said.

The only thing missing from the position are younger veterans.

“It’s a very old post and I don’t mean it’s always the same veterans doing all the work here, but they still need young people to step up, volunteer and help out at the post,” said Sudbeck. .

Sudbeck is one of the youngest who has held various positions at the station since 2012.

“It’s my second home. I slept here so many nights when I worked here, I mean, it’s one of my favorite places to go in Omaha,” Sudbeck said. “I moved across town, and I still drive all the way back here just to be here.”

Reeder has only been here for a year, but he will stay for the long haul.

“I’m just trying to be there for other older veterans, trying to pick up the torch and pass it on to future generations,” Reeder said. “Both of my sons are in the military, so I want to try and build something decent for them, so they have something to support when they go out.”

Over 800 veterans are members of Post 2503, but they know there are many more in our community.

That is why they want all veterans to come to the post to serve and be served.

“Don’t be afraid to ask. We’re here to help you, we want to help you, we’ve all been in that position,” Reeder said. “Come see what it’s all about and see how we can help you.”

“We’re here to help,” Sudbeck said. “VFW’s goal is to help veterans.”

And of course, have a good time.

“It’s that brotherhood, that brotherhood,” Reeder said. “It doesn’t matter what branch you’re in, it’s that camaraderie you have that you know they’ve been through something you’ve been through.”

“What we’re doing is trying to make it fun for our veterans, honoring our veterans and making it a place where they can come and relax,” Quilliam said.

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