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Restucci named first female quartermaster of Sunnyside VFW

As the first female quartermaster the Sunnyside VFW has ever had on board, DeLeesa Restucci doesn't think of it as a big deal, but rather, a big honor.

"I don't think I'm 'paving' the way for other women, whether a man or woman holds the position, it's still the same job," she said.

The Persian Gulf War veteran and Sunnyside resident was this year elected as the Sunnyside VFW quartermaster.

As part of her title, Restucci says her duties resemble much of a secretary or treasurer's, working with numbers and with new and existing members of the group.

"It's such an honor to know they think I can do the job," said Restucci.

Restucci says she's glad to be a part of a healing process for returning veterans, too, and the camaraderie is like nothing she's experienced before.

"They (fellow members) know what you've been through, and (the VFW) is a place where the doors are open for those who just want a friend," she added.

The VFW was formed in 1899, just after the Spanish-American War, said Restucci. It was a way to ensure that returning veterans and their families would still be taken care of.

Restucci says Sunnyside VFW Post 3482 has been around for more than 75 years and returning home in the early 90s from the war, she's felt right at home among the club members. She loves the sense of patriotism and camaraderie and says she's glad to be able to serve the group in this new capacity.

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