About Us

OUR MISSION:

To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.

OUR VISION:

Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.

OUR CORE VALUES:

Always put the interests of our members first
Treat donors as partners in our cause
Promote patriotism
Honor military service
Ensure the care of veterans and their families
Serve our communities
Promote a positive image of the VFW
Respect the diversity of veteran opinions

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The history of the VFW:

The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them,and they were left to care for themselves.

In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.

Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI Bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010.

Annually, the nearly 1.9 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.

What the VFW does today:

We encourage and support on a National and Local level.

VA Benefits & Compensation: Urge Congress to require the Veterans Benefits Administration to reduce the claims backlog and improve quality without reducing benefits or imposing new requirements on veterans.
Seamless Transition: Demand the creation of one integrated electronic medical and personnel record for every service member and improve Transition Assistance Programs to help them transition into civilian life.
Military Quality of Life: Oppose all proposals that will damage morale, call on Congress to improve the quality of life for all service members and support efforts to lower the Reserve Component retirement pay age to 55.
Education & Employment: Urge Congress to address the unemployment rate among veterans, fight to sustain G.I. Bill benefits and insist on strengthening USERRA.
Defense & Homeland Security: Fully support troops and their mission in the war on terrorism and secure U.S. borders against foreign nationals intent on doing us harm.
POW/MIA: Achieve fullest possible accounting
WE KNOW WHAT'S IMPORTANT

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