Veterans Organizations
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (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. Knowing there is strength in numbers, and unlike the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), those various organizations banded together and formed what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, not limiting themselves to veterans from one war. 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.
    OUR MISSION:To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas military 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.


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