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DEPARTMENT PRESIDENT'S

CORNER

Karen Kaylor

Department of Texas VFW Auxiliary President

2021 - 2022

Karen Kaylor was elected and installed as Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Texas Auxiliary President at the Ninety Fifth Texas Auxiliary Convention held in Durant Oklahoma June 2021. She joined in 2004 the then “Ladies “Auxiliary VFW Post 8577 on the eligibility of her husband who served in Southeast Asia Oct 1972-Oct 1973.  He is a U.S. Air Force retiree 25 years. She transferred and is now a Life member of VFW Post 4008 Auxiliary.

 

She has served as Auxiliary President of 8577(4 times) and has held many offices and chairmanships in Auxiliary, District, and at State levels. As District 14 President 2011-2012 she earned Outstanding District President in her Division. On the State level she has served in 5-line offices and was a chairman for 3 National Programs, Veterans and Family Support, Legislative, (she earned awards “plates” and outstanding for both) Membership, and the State Nursing Program. 

 

Karen spent 34 years as a civil service employee for the Department of Defense (DOD). As a Logistics Assistant Representative (LAR)she supported 10th Mountain Division and 82nd Airborne division while she was in Kandahar Afghanistan. Upon returning in Jan 2004 to Ft. Hood Tx, she retired as a GS 12. The skill, morale and expertise of the United States Military was impressive. She greatly appreciated their assistance but especially helping her out of bunkers after running beside them during 3 rocket attacks. This experience motivated her decision to join the VFW Auxiliary to work for our Veterans.  “We Tip Our Hat to Vets”.

 

She is a member of the Military Order of the Cooties Auxiliary (MOCA) #13 and is the MOCA Grand Sr. Vice President.  She has a life membership for the VFW National Home for children and is Secretary for the Copperas Cove AARP chapter 1359. In her spare time, she enjoys being with the family, reading and playing Bingo.

 

Karen and husband Don married for 46 years have a combined family of 7 children, 24 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.  Granddaughter Holly along with Ella “The Pug” resides with them in Copperas Cove, Tx.