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GRAFTON -

The Veterans of Foreign War traces its roots back to 1899 and has been helping locals vets ever since. The VFW in Grafton gave an award to one of its most loyal members Thursday night.

VFW Post 3081 honored a man who's been helping at the VFW in Grafton for more than 66 years.

The Richard Homan Award is given to a member of the VFW. The award was created in honor of a past State Commander and the only National Commander of the VFW from West Virginia.

People from post 3081 said this year's award was given to a very deserving man.

"I'm just happy to get it and I'm thankful for everybody that participated in giving it to me, and making it up and giving it to me," said Joe Hinzman, a VFW member and recipient of the Richard Homan Award. "I'm honored to have it. Everything I've done in life, it's been an honor to do it."

Six people were up to win the award but people who voted said they immediately knew Hinzman was the right choice.

"Last year we started this award to give to someone who is not only very, very active in their VFW but very active in their community," said Jim Talerico, the West Virginia VFW State Commander. "And if you read what Joe has done in his community, you will see why he won that award this year."

Hinzman is a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He's also done many things for the Grafton Community.

He was part of creating a new national cemetery because the old one was out of space and unable to accept deserving veterans. Hinzman was excited to win the award but said one thing mattered more.

"First, my family is here in the front row," said Hinzman. "And so I enjoy that the most. Family comes first."

Not only was Hinzman recognized, but the post itself was given an award for community service.