Across America, the initials VFW are a familiar sight. Emblazoned over entrances to local posts located from small towns in Maine to big cities in California, those three letters symbolize a commitment to the nation both at home and abroad.
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
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of combat veterans and eligible military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation's largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans organization. With nearly 1.9 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,900 Posts worldwide, ??NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.? The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans?۪ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs worldwide. For more information or to join, visit our website atwww.vfw.org.
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 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.
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