Past Calabash VFW Post commander new state commander

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By Frank Richardson

Special to the Beacon

VFW Calabash Post 7288 now boasts having the new North Carolina VFW state commander among its members.

Jack Goin, who served as Calabash Post commander from 2006 through 2008 and later served several positions in the Department of North Carolina VFW, officially took over the reins as commander of the North Carolina VFW effective June 8.

Goin calls it an honor to represent all veterans in North Carolina. His wife Barbara, though, recalls the day when he retired from his career with Consolidated Edison in New York and he said, “I’ll never run for an elected position again.”

It appears he changed his mind about that.

As state VFW commander, Goin vows to have Posts throughout the state reach out to recruit younger veterans of our nation’s wars for membership because they’re the future of the VFW.

A Marine with service in Vietnam in 1966 through 1968, Goin is all about veterans at all levels and is willing to seek lawmakers’ support whether it be in Raleigh or Washington, D.C. He said, “We fought for our country to keep it free. We took an oath and we kept it. Our government must stand by their oath to provide all veterans the benefits they so proudly earned.”

His theme as commander of the VFW in North Carolina is “Semper Fidelis to All Veterans.”

Goin, born in The Bronx, N.Y., in 1946, served in the Marine Corps from 1966-68, serving with the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines in Vietnam.

He worked for Consolidated Edison from 1964 to 2002, holding several managerial positions during his career in gas and

electric operations, auditing, gas marketing and environmental services.

He married Barbara in 1968, and they moved to

Orange County, N.Y., in 1971.

Theyhave three children — Candace Goin, Kerri Crawford and John Goin — and five grandchildren.


Community service

While raising their children in Orange County and working in New York City, Goin served as president of the Kiwanis Club in The Bronx, on the board of directors of Bronx Special Olympics, as president of the town of Wallkill Little League in Orange County for several years, and as officer and president of the Circleville Volunteer Fire Co. in Orange County.

Shortly before retiring in 2002, Goin joined VFW Post 7288 in Calabash.

As he did prior to retirement, Goin quickly became involved in the VFW, serving in several positions including MAP chairman, junior and senior vice commander, and eventually as post commander.

Goin was appointed to and chaired the North Carolina VFW Americanism Citizenship Teacher of the Year program for four years. In subsequent years, he was elected judge advocate, then junior and senior vice commander.

Goin said it is amazing in 12 short years he has moved through the ranks in the VFW.


All about veterans

Goin has traveled to Raleigh many times to discuss veterans

issues. He most recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with North Carolina state representatives on Capitol Hill.

Goin said our government promised to take care of all

veterans who proudly served their country, whether it’s

the Veterans Administration, the GI Bill, medical coverage,

disability and pensions or retirement benefits.

“We fought for our country to keep it free, we took an oath and kept it,” he said. “Our government must stand by their oath to provide all veterans the benefits they so proudly earned.”

He also said VFW members must reach out to younger female and male veterans who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts.

“They are the future of the VFW,” Goin said. “Right now Vietnam veterans are moving through the ranks of the VFW, and we need those young veterans to keep our numbers strong. We will only succeed in protecting our war heroes with large numbers. Our state

representatives and those on Capitol Hill work for us and, by being

strong, we have the votes to change how veterans issues are

addressed and approved.”