Roy Schramm of Flandreau recently was awarded a Past Commanders Club Certificate of Appreciation from the National Headquarters of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The award is presented to a select group of fellow VFW members who support America’s veterans. “You have shown leadership at a higher level,” the letter states.
Schramm has been active in the Moody Post of the VFW since 1990 and has served as district commander twice and state commander once.
He said he met a lot of good people as a district commander and traveling around the state to different meetings.
“I was just doing my job and I got to know a lot of different people,” Schramm said.
He served in the South Dakota National Guard for 21 years, first with the 147th Field Artillery Unit and, after taking a break, came back to serve with the local 1742nd Transportation Unit. He served in Desert Storm, a deployment known as Operation Desert Shield, which began in late 1990 when over 500,000 U.S. troops were placed in Saudi Arabia in case of an Iraqi attack.
The VFW Past Commanders Club Certificate of Appreciation came to Schramm in the mail. He said he was surprised when he saw it.
“It’s quite an honor,” Schramm said. “I’m nobody special, I’m just one of the guys. Everybody knows I’m just a normal guy.”