Dillon VFW honored by state, national organizations

VFW Post 9040 of Dillon received a state and national award recently as a result of their membership growth. VFW 9040 Commander Chuck Thompson displays the All-State Post Commander hat and is wearing the All-America Post Commander hat he received from Montana State VFW Commander at a recent ceremony. J.P. Plutt photo


When things are going bad, they can suddenly turn around through effort and belief.

In 2013, the Dillon VFW lost its national charter and the Jackson chapter was on the verge of losing its standing, when the groups decided to combine.

“That has been the best move we could have made,” said Chuck Thompson, the duly elected commander of VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 9040. “We’ve increased our membership by 130 percent.”

That membership growth, within an organization that has steadily lost membership over recent years across all areas, was noticed at the state and national offices. The Dillon post earned All-State and All-America honors for 2013-14.

Thompson says the post has set a goal to double their current membership of 58 within the next year.

Thompson accepted the awards at the District 4 meeting in Maxwell, Mont. He received the awards from Montana State VFW Commander Art Windholm on Aug. 9.

Thompson lives in the Jackson area and is also a member of American Legion Post #20 in Dillon, and the Air Commando Association out of Mary Esther, Florida. 

Thompson served in Vietnam with the Air Force on loan to Army Special Forces.

Thompson invites any prospective members to attend the monthly VFW meetings the second Wednesday of each month at the American Legion Hall. The meetings begin at 7 p.m.

For more information on the VFW, contact Thompson (496 689-3284) or 1st Vice Commander P.J. Mahoney (406 683-3570).