PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Modesto De la O, out of Post 1370 in Pontiac, Michigan, received the Distinguished Service Award at the Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW National Convention July 25, 2023. Modesto, a Marine Corps veteran, is a member and past post commander of post 1370 and was recognized for his support for incarcerated veterans, continuous work supporting the Michigan National Guard and for his generosity and vital work through his nonprofit Foxhole.
About: "The VFW Distinguished Service Award recognizes VFW members for exemplary or extraordinary service to our country through demonstrated actions that promote the spirit of the VFW. Our recipients continuously exhibit the spirit of a true VFW comrade through their volunteer actions in service, companionship and activities to their local community, their state and the nation. From volunteering and giving back to our military and veteran community, to community service projects and providing veteran-centric support, Modesto De la O demonstrates his passion and selfless generosity to ensure no veteran is left behind, and truly exemplifies that once a Marine, always a Marine."
Citation: Modesto De la O, VFW Post 1370 Commander
"In lasting appreciation and spirited recognition of his outstanding leadership and extraordinary record of steadfast service to the veteran and military families of Michigan and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Through his aid and support of incarcerated veterans, continuous work supporting local Michigan Army National Guardsmen and the generosity and vital work his nonprofit, Foxhole, does daily truly exemplifies the mission and vision of the VFW, and further carries on our motto that No One Does More For Veterans. His selfless generosity and dedication to ensuring no veteran is left behind makes a positive impact on the lives of many and has justly earned him the utmost respect and appreciation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States."
In Witness Whereof, we have hereunto set our hands and the official seal of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, this 25th day of July, 2023. Approved by the National Council of Administration.
Timothy M. Borland, Commander-in-Chief
Dan West, Adjutant General