Haverhill resident, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Lorraine Post # 29 Senior Vice Commander, Donald Jarvis has been selected as Aide-de-Camp to VFW National Commander-in-Chief Fritz Mihelcic.
According to the appointment letter received by SVC Jarvis from VFW National headquarters, he was selected for the honor because of his “outstanding service to Posts and/or your Department, going above and beyond the call of duty.” The “Department” referred to in the letter is the Massachusetts state-wide VFW organization.
He served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, and Global War of Terrorism Veteran. Jarvis served for seven year as a combat engineer, and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. While deployed he did Route Clearance and counter IED work.
His military service decorations includes Purple Heart; the Army Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal Ribbon; Iraq Campaign Medal Ribbon; and the Combat Action Badge.
A VFW Aide-de-Camp serves as an assistant to the National Commander of the Organization assisting in whatever administrative roles he, or she is needed for the benefit of its members.
In order to qualify for membership for the VFW, a Veteran, besides being a US Citizen, must have received an Honorable or General discharge, or be serving in the Armed Forces. They must also have received a campaign medal for Service in a war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters.
Or, the veteran must have received Hostile Fire Pay or Imminent Danger Pay; or served in the Republic of Korea for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days to be eligible.