Subscription dues are just like a magazine subscription. It gives you 365 days of membership in the VFW. With this being the first year that they are coming into effect it will be a process that we are not use to. The basic breakdown of what is going to happen is:

If you are an annual member and you pay your dues before Jan your expiration will be Jan 2015. If you pay after that date whatever day your dues are processed at National will be the new expiration date. Example would be that you send in your dues to National on 1 Feb 2015 and National processed them on the 15 Feb. Your new expiration date would be 15 Feb 2016.

Annual membership dues are $39 and due on the anniversary of the date you joined the VFW.

 Our post covers your first year dues.

County Veterans Service Office (link opens in new window)
801 Grand Avenue                         
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: 805-781-5766
Fax:     805-781-5769
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  1. We sponsor and coordinate the 4th of July Parade in Nipomo.
  2. We help local veterans and their families. It might be erecting a flag pole or weeding a yard for a Vet who can't anymore.
  3. We assisted a vet that was heating his house with his electric stove by getting his heater serviced and a tank of propane.
  4. Award scholarships for local children through the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen - almost $2,000 is awarded each year.
  5. Sponsor veterans awareness seminars.
  6. Renovating the buildings on S. Thompson for community use.
  7. Sponsoring the Veteran's Memorial at the Jim O'Miller Park.

It is a Cadillac Gage V-150 Commando armored personnel carrier.

The original V-100 (military designation M706) was engineered by Cadillac Gage (now Textron Systems) specifically for the United States Military Police Corps during the Vietnam War as an armed convoy escort vehicle. Over 3,200 of these vehicles were built and Textron Systems continues to manufacture an updated, modernized version of the V-150.

This V-150 model (Chassis #30396) was manufactured in 1975 for the Atomic Energy Commission. It was subsequently used by both the Santa Barbara and Lompoc police departments before being donated to VFW Post 10978 in non-running condition. Post members returned the vehicle to operating condition, and are continuing to renovate and update the vehicle which is being used for fund raising and Veteran memorial events.

 Weight: 9.6 tons (19,200 pounds)

 Length:  18’ 8”  –   Width: 7’ 5”   –   Height: 7’ 10”

 Crew 3 (commander, gunner, driver) + 8 passengers

 Engine: Chrysler 361 V8 gasoline   –   210 hp at 4,000 rpm

 Operational range: 400 miles   –   Top speed: 62 mph