KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is pleased to announced Hector L. Villarreal of Alice has achieved All-American status as a District commander.

Villarreal, commander of VFW District 6 in the state of Texas, is one of only 99 VFW District commanders worldwide to earn the title of All-American Commander. To achieve this honor, District commanders must meet strict requirements in their role to include exceptional leadership, authentic accomplishment in membership growth and strong support of VFW core programs.

“The All-American Commanders have attained this coveted title through outstanding achievements in membership growth and participation in VFW programs,” said VFW National Commander Keith E. Harman. “They are a fine example of VFW leadership. Their hard work and dedication to the mission and values of our organization has rightly earned them this great honor.”

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces.

"This honor and achievement came as a surprise to me.  The mission of the VFW is to support those who have sacrificed so much for this country, which is all veterans and their families, and that is what we do," Villarreal said.  "I would like to thank the District 6 Officers, the 18 Post Commanders that make up District 6 for all of their hard work and dedication to our mission and their support. I want to thank my family for their support and encouragement during all my time away from home."

With 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,400 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.VFW.org.