Ride leads state delegation at the VFW Ladies national convention

Ride leads state delegation at the VFW Ladies national convention

SMITHFIELD - State president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Denise Ride of Cumberland, a member of Smithfield Memorial Ladies Auxiliary 2929, led the state delegation of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. at the 100th National Convention held July 20-24 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.

As leading representative of the state, she voiced the delegates' votes during the election of national officers and played a key role in deciding the direction of the national organization.

During the convention, the national president commended the 2,000 attendees for all their hard work in honoring veterans and supporting deployed military personnel and their families. The national president also thanked members for volunteering 1.2 million hours in the nation's hospitals, raising $2.4 million for the organization's Cancer Aid & Research Fund, and donating $315,000 to VFW National Military Services, which includes Operation UplinkTM to provide long-distance calling opportunities to deployed soldiers and hospitalized veterans.

To learn more about the organization, visit www.ladiesauxvfw.org .