Congratulations to the Pennsylvania VFW Department’s new State Commander, Vietnam War Veteran Thomas M. Hanzes of Post 7599, who was installed on Saturday as the Department’s top officer.
In addition, Wayne D. Perry of Post 7505, assumed the office of State Sr. Vice Commander, and Post 212 member Ronald J. Peters was chosen as State Junior Vice Commander.
More information about the Department’s entire leadership team will follow soon.
Commander Hanzes has served as Chairman of the State VFW’s Community Activities program, which tracks the many thousands of hours VFW and VFW Auxiliary volunteers contribute and donations made to projects that serve veterans, military personnel and local communities.
He has been a Post Commander four times and Post Quartermaster ten times including twice when he earned “VFW All-State Team” status. At the VFW District level, he was an All-State and All-American Commander.
His leadership at the state level including serving as POW/MIA Chairman and as a member of the Legislative Resolution Committee. Nationally, he was named a Special Aide-de-Camp, three times as a National Aide-de-Camp, a National Assistant Inspector General and a member of the Veterans Service Resolutions Committee.
During his military service with the 25th Infantry Division, Hanzes earned the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Bronze Service Star, Bronze Star for Valor, two Overseas Bars, the National Defense Service Medal and a Sharpshooter badge with the M-14 rifle.