Merton "Sam Compton earned his VFW eligibility by serving in the United States Air Force from 1966-1970. He was assigned to the 601st Combat Photography Squadron at Korat Air Force Base in Thailand from 1968-1969.
He is a Life Member of VFW Post #7424 in Wauseon, Ohio and a Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children. He obtained All-State Post Commander in 2001-2002 and All-State District Commander in 2002-2003. Sam was elected State Commander Department of Ohio VFW in 2010 at the State Convention in Dayton, Ohio.
Sam has been appointed to several National Committees beginning in 2001 and the latest in 2014-2015 as a member of the National Resolutions Committee. He is currently serving the Department of Ohio VFW as the Voice of Democracy Chairman.
He retired from the Springfield Police Division in 1995 where he served as the DARE Instructor for the Springfield City Schools. Sam is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #954 and the F.O.P. Lodge #72 in Springfield, Ohio.