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Do you know a qualifying Veteran or Auxiliary candidate who could benefit from being a VFW Post 1650 member? It's never been a better time to discover the countless benefits VFW Membership offers!

Have them contact us TODAY and help our organization grow!

Call (785)235-9073 or e-mail info@vfw1650.com

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We are an active Post. On our calendar page you will find dates of up-coming events.

If you are a veteran and interested in joining, please first check eligibility requirements and then call or come by the post for more information or an application. If not a veteran then please visit our Ladies Auxiliary and our Men's Auxiliary pages for more information.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans' service organization composed of combat veterans and those who currently serve on active duty or in the Guard and Reserves.  Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation's largest organization of war veterans and is one of its oldest veterans' organizations.  With 2.2 million members located in 7,900 VFW Posts worldwide, the VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans service, legislative initiatives, youth scholarships, Buddy Poppy and nationalmilitary service programs.  The VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 13 million hours annually in community service to the nation.

 

VFW Post 1650 - in honor of L. Philip Billard
 Aviator, World War I soldier.  Born: 27 April 1891, Topeka, Kan.  Died: 14 July 1918, France
Born to a prominent family April 27, 1891, in Topeka, Kansas, Louis Philip Billard learned to fly at an early age. Topeka aviator and aircraft builder, A. K. Longren, was his instructor and provided aircraft for Billard to fly.

Philip BillardBillard's flights around the capital city were frequently mentioned in the Topeka papers. This attention was due partly to the public's fascination with this new invention and to the fact that Billard was the son of Topeka mayor, J. B. Billard. His father was quoted in 1912 the Topeka Daily Capital as being "opposed to his son purchasing the racing biplane, because of the dangers of flying, but Phil wanted something that was faster than an auto. . ."

His father's concerns about the dangers of flying were well founded. Many pilots had accidents in these early aircraft.
Billard volunteered for service as a pilot when the U.S. entered World War I. He trained in Colorado, California, and New York, before he was assigned the duty of test pilot in France. While serving as a test pilot and instructor during World War I in France, Billard died July 14, 1918, when his plane disintegrated. In 1940 the Philip Billard Airport in Topeka, Kansas, was dedicated to his memory.

 
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