For the first time in the history of the Graham VFW, there is a men’s auxiliary.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8567 has featured a Women’s Auxiliary for at least 30 years, but the men never had one. 

It all started when VFW member Paul Mueggenborg noticed a quark board mentioning the need for an auxiliary at the old VFW location on Fourth Street. A total of at least 25 signatures were needed to charter the auxiliary. 

Up to that point, attempts to obtain signatures were ineffective. That is, until Mueggenborg took the reigns. He contacted those who signed the list, along with other VFW members and potential parties of interest. 

“Before I knew it, I had 25 to 30 people that wanted to do it,” Mueggenborg said.

He presented the names to the VFW board, who then approved the creation of the men’s auxiliary. He then ran it by the Texas VFW in Austin and the National VFW headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., and the men’s auxiliary was officially chartered in February 2013. 

Now a year strong, the auxiliary has steadily created a relationship with the community by reaching out to disadvantaged locals, both veteran and civilian.

“We go out and help clean up different things, and if there’s someone that needs a (handicapped) ramp built, we will go and help with that,” Mueggenborg said. “We’re here to help the community, it’s not just veterans only. If there’s a family that has a child in need or is handicapped, we will help with what we can.”

The auxiliary has also made and served meals for the elderly at Horizon Bay, and last year prepared and sold hamburgers for the Cars and Stars Car Show and Cruise. This past holiday season it raised money for Christmas gifts for needy families through partnership’s including Graham’s Child Protective Services.

“We have barbecue cook-offs and different fundraisers, and we go out and help feed disabled vets here in town,” Mueggenborg said. 

Read more in Sunday's Graham Leader.