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
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.
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.
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.