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KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will distribute the organization’s traditional handmade “Buddy” Poppies on Okinawa bases April 14-15.

“This is our biggest annual fundraiser,” Dwayne Ash, commander of VFW Post 11435, said in a press release. “Money raised through the distribution of buddy poppies helps us provide a variety of services to the local community here in Okinawa.”

Money raised will help fund scholarships for students and programs that help veterans and spouses of deployed active-duty military members, Ash said.

For more than 75 years, the VFW’s Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans’ welfare and the well being of their dependents.

“There is no cost for the Buddy poppies however, donations are greatly appreciated,” said Ash. “All donations will go to the Post Relief Fund to support local active duty and veteran families, scholarship programs, wreaths or flowers for memorial services, equipment for ROTC cadets and many similar programs.”

The red poppies will be distributed both days in front of the Kadena Base Exchange, Kadena Commissary and the Kadena USO from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by members of VFW Post 11435. On Camp Foster, members of VFW Post 9723 will distribute the traditional poppies in front of the commissary from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

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