VFW Commander Donates Televisions to New Veterans HomeFriday, June 9, 2017 8:36 am
Saturday evening, Arkansas Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander Rosalyn Cox will pass on her gavel to a newly elected commander. Though this ritual closes the chapter of Cox’s tenure as State Commander, she departs the position with a lasting legacy.
Recently, ADVA staff sat down with Cox at Lockheed Martin in Camden, where she works as a Quality Assurance Manager, to chat about the upcoming transition as well as the mark that she’s left on the Veteran community in Arkansas.
Cox took her oath of office in June 2016, cementing her position as the state’s first woman commander in the Arkansas VFW’s 85 year history. A Veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Cox also boasts being one of the first known State Commanders to helm from her branch of service. She has been a member of the VFW since 2008, a year after retiring from twenty years of service.
One of the many duties of the VFW State Commander is to embark on the traditional commander’s project to benefit Veterans within the state. For her project, Cox says she knew that she wanted to embody the VFW’s mission ‘to honor the dead by serving the living.’
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs broke ground on the 31-acre Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock a year before Cox took her oath of office and its projected opening fell squarely in the center of her term. As the construction neared completion, Cox anticipated the vast potential of needs that could arise for the new facility.
Drawing inspiration from her mother’s fervent love of television, Cox envisioned imparting joy on every veteran in the facility. Thus, she embarked on her mission of providing televisions for the home.
Initially, Cox set up to provide TVs for each of the 96 rooms at Arkansas State Veterans Home, but her efforts quickly increased to also include securing a TV for the living room of each of the homes.
With the help of Chief of Staff Tamara Switser and Adjutant/Quartermaster Christine Oldham, Cox rallied members across Arkansas’ 82 VFW posts and auxiliaries to raise the highest amount of funds of any Arkansas VFW Commander in recent history. With over $16,000 raised, Cox and her team were able to secure ninty-six 32 inch TVs and eight 48 inch TVs—filling every residents’ room and living room across the facility.
Cox’s influence on the newly minted Arkansas State Veterans Home didn’t stop at her generous donation. Her influence inspired others to follow suit.
In addition to her demanding role as Arkansas’ State VFW Commander, her job at Lockheed Martin, and her very active role in Arkansas’ Veteran community, Cox also finds time in her schedule to volunteer at Fairview High School in Camden where she communicates to students the importance of our military and patriotism. This motivated Fairview High’s Beta Club, led by JJ Mosley, to raise the funds to purchase a plethora of board games for the residents to enjoy.
Though the end of Cox’s term draws near, her service to the Veterans of the state of Arkansas will not waver. Rosalyn Cox will continue to be an influential beacon in Arkansas’ Veterans community inspiring her fellow Veterans and future generations along her way.