When I first heard the term MALTA in conjunction with the VFW helper, I was wondering if this was some kind of drink they had invented and I was curious enough to want the to try. I quickly learned that this is not a drink at all, but the initials of Membership Auxiliary Leadership Technology Access. Believe it or not, I still couldn’t figure out the purpose of this, so I turned to my trusty computer and searched for it.
MALTA is a program that offers several excellent options that provide support to qualified veterans, military personnel, their families and relatives of VFW members and auxiliaries. Cancer Aid and Research funds members fighting the disease, supports grants of up to $ 550 – with two per life per member. Members must be in good standing with at least one year of membership in MALTA.
The Health and Happiness portion that goes to the VFW National Children’s Home will help qualified members find a fresh start with rent-free housing, child care and more. There is also a Patriotic Art Scholarship Competition which is an exciting endeavor for emerging artists in Grades 9-12 to enter while promoting patriotism among young people. Two and three dimensional works are accepted. This is a great scholarship opportunity with the deadline being March 31, 2022 for submission to the local VFW Assistant. April 15 is the date that registrations must be received by the Department (State) and May 5 registrations must be submitted to Headquarters.
Another special option is the Continuing Education Scholarship Competition, which awards $ 1,000 to help students achieve and achieve their career dreams. VFW members and auxiliaries can make financial donations to MALTA to help ongoing projects achieve the new goal of adding more scholarships.
To learn more about the Patriotic Art Competition, continuing education, and funding the future, go online at vfwauxiliary.org/resources. Participation in this laudable endeavor will help the Auxiliary succeed in the Soaring Above and Beyond programs that the organization is sponsoring for this year.
Each member is encouraged to help the VFW by becoming an unstoppable force that supports veterans and the military. In this way, we are all fulfilling our mission and expressing our thanks to all veterans for their service.
If you are interested or have further questions, contact the VFW at 25 Homestead Road in Lehigh Acres. You will be glad you did!