ABOUT US

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.
 
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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 2 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. 

From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.

Statewide News

News & Info from your department

Virginia VFW celebrates successful year, elects new leadership

The 96th State Convention of the VFW was an enormous success.

National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW, Sport Clips Haircuts Surpass $6.4 Million in Scholarships for Veterans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Together with longtime supporter Sport Clips Haircuts, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to ann...

VFW Members and Their Families Are on the Way to Better Hearing Health

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce it is working to restore the sounds of life for V...

Announcements

March 16 0900 hrs - St Patrick’s Day Parade , VFW Post 3160
March 29 1100 hrs - Mission BBQ 1329 N Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake Va 23230 Veterans Lunch
 
April 6, 1800 hrs - Murder Mystery Meal,VFW Post 4809

May 22 0730 hrs - Memorial Day Veterans Parade, starts at I C Norcom High School
May 31 1000 hrs Bodacious Bazaar Spring Show Hampton Coliseum Hampton Roads
 
 
September 20 National POW/MIA Recognition Day - Dedication of POW/MIA CHAIR OF HONOR Monument at Albert G Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery at 1600 hrs (more information will be posted) 

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