October 26, 2022


Last updated on 10/26/2022. The engraving company began the first round of engraved pavers. The engraving continues pending weather conditions. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We have sold ~400 of 6,000+ pavers available for purchase. Sales continue as we're accepting donations to purchase an engraved Paver. Paver Bricks sponsored will be etched on-site in groups as they come in for ongoing engraving periods.

As more information becomes available, updates are posted on the website Patriots Courtyard page at https://vfwpost3137.org/pavers/.

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Monday November 14, 2022 @ 6:30 pm

These meetings are key opportunities to be involved and have your Voice Heard.

Commander Stallings respectivley accepted the resignation of Diz Gilliard as our Jr. Vice Commander and thanked Diz for his years of Service to The Post on the Coast. Diz has other duties which does not permit the time needed for the committment of the position. We will be accepting nominations and voting on a new Jr. Vice Commander the the November meeting.

The post belongs to You, the member and every meeting is where the decisions are made.

  • Veteran Programs and Support
  • Community Services
  • Post Bylaws
  • Post Policies and Procedures
  • Financial
  • Events Inside and Outside the Post
  • Committees
  • and so much more

Meetings / Events on Our Website Calendar


Monday November 21, 2022 @ 6:30 pm

The Auxiliary support and partnership with Comrades is crucial. Meetings provide the opportunity to be part of something special in all we do at post 3137. Your support for our fellow veterans, families, and the mission of the VFW is appreciated. You make things happen!

Meetings / Events on Our Website Calendar



Per the attached guidance, VA must still process claims with PACT Act related conditions if the claim can be granted under current authority/regulations (Direct Service Connection, Secondary Service Connection, Aggravation, etc.).

If the claim cannot be granted under current regulations, but is a newly established presumptive condition, VBA has been instructed to begin developing the claim by retrieving and uploading Service Treatment Records (STRs), Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), and current treatment records.  Once pertinent records have been uploaded and both qualifying service and a diagnosis of a new presumptive condition have been confirmed, VSRs are instructed to order Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams to evaluate the severity of the condition.  VSRs have specifically been instructed NOT to request medical nexus opinions for newly presumptive conditions.  Once development has been completed RVSRs have been instructed to hold the claim until VBA begins processing PACT Act decisions in January 2023.

If a claim cannot be granted under current regulations and the conditions claimed are based on toxic exposure, but not one of the new presumptive conditions, VSRs must still begin to develop the claim by retrieving STRs, OMPF, and current treatment records, but they are not to order C&P exams.  The claim will then be held pending future guidance.

As a reminder, VFW has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the law firm Bergmann & Moore (B&M), LLC.  If you are contacted by a claimant that meets the eligibility to pursue a lawsuit related to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA), please recommend the claimant contact B&M through their website's landing page.  B&M is working with a national mass tort law firm and will review each proposed settlement to see if the Veteran is maximizing both VA and CLJA benefits.

VBA news:

  • We set records in claims production, rating 5% more claims than ever before (1.7M). This reduced the backlog by over 100,000 claims, with average time pending dropping to just over 20 days. All of this was done while achieving our highest quality ever nationwide.
  • Hired almost 7,000 new employees, which is four times our previous best.
  • Completed 72,000 field exams, deciding over 510,000 claims for Veterans and survivors. 

John Johnson, Command Sergeant Major, USA (Retired)
VFW Department Service Officer Columbia, South Carolina
Office: (803) 647-2442 / 2443, Fax: (803) 647-2313 6437, Email: John.Johnson34@va.gov
Garners Ferry Rd, Suite 1124 Columbia, SC 29209

Bergmann & Moore (B&M), LLC


VFW Legislative Service

The VFW never stops advocating for veterans.

Testifying at hearings. Interacting with Congress. Winning vital legislative battles. Fighting for justice. To date, the VFW has played an instrumental role in nearly every major piece of veterans' legislation enacted into law in the 20th and 21st centuries, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, establishment of suicide prevention programs, compensation for Agent Orange and other toxic exposures, eliminating the Widow's Tax and many others.

You can help by being a part of our Action Corps!

Text "VFW" to "50457" to sign up for the Action Corps or use your camera to scan code

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  • 30th 2:00pm - 5:00pm - Share A Dish with DJ on the Deck - Hallowenn Theme


  • 6th 7:00am - 5:00pm - VFW Annual Golf Outing - Wild Dunes Harbor Course + Post
  • 11th All Day - Veterans Day
  • 11th-13th All-Day - Vettes for Vets
  • 14th 6:30pm - 7:30pm - Post 3137 Comrade Business Meeting
  • 18th 7:00pm - 8:30pm - Best Medicine Brigade - Comedian Robin Johnson
  • 19th 4:00pm - ??? - Thanksgiving Dinner - Until Sold Out
  • 21st 6:30pm - 7:30pm - Post 3137 Auxiliary Business Meeting

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Summer is over so parking should be easier to find.

To recap September to present:

  • The Post went back before full IOP Town council's 9/27 meeting for final approval of our request for $30,000.00. This tax accommdation money will go towards our new elevator. Full council gave their approval.
  • Paver etching has begun, time to order yours today!
  • At the October Comrade business meeting, State Sr. Vice Commander Jim Fox presented Post 3137 with All State and All American Awards for our 6th year in a row. We'll be planning a Small ceremony/Christmas Party soon.
  • Veterans Day The Post will be serving a free Hotdog and chips to all Veterans from noon until 3pm.
  • On Sat. Nov. 12th Vettes for Vets will be coming to Post approx 12 noon, the Front Beach will be loaded with some beautiful Vettes to check out.
  • Comrade Robin Johnson will be bringing The Best Medicine Brigade to the Post for a Free Comedy Show at 7 pm Nov. 18th.
  • Next Comrade meeting 6:30pm Mon. Nov. 14.

P.S. Sept. Fish Fry 87 dinners sold, Oct. Fish Fry 125 dinners served.

In Comradeship,

Bo Stallings
Commander VFW Post 3137