ABOUT THE VFW
Our Mission | Veteran Advocacy | Community Programs | Support Service Members & Families | Did You Know?
Originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the VFW continues to be a voice for veterans, currently deployed members of our Armed Forces, and their families.
The 2.4 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries are located in 8,500 VFW Posts around the world. We are at heart an organization dedicated to providing a place for all of those who have sacrificed in our nation’s conflicts abroad. While we are a national organization, we express this dedication through our local posts and programs to support veterans service members, and their families.
The VFW mission is to support those who have sacrificed so much for this country—All veterans and their families.
View "A Quick Guide to the VFW" A guide to our national and local efforts to support America's veterans, service members, and their families.
VFW Priority Goals VFW Fact Sheet
Veteran Advocacy: Full-Time Support for Veterans
National Veteran Service: The VFW provides full-time support to veterans and their families. Our Veteran Service Officers are professional, full-time advocates who are expert at helping veterans (members and non-members alike) with their Veterans Administration claims.
They can be found at every VA Regional Office and can also be reached at 1-800-VFW-1899.
National Legislative Services: The VFW works for veterans on Capitol Hill. The VFW Washington, D.C., office has a full-time staff to monitor, lobby, and report on legislation that directly impacts our veteran community.
Law Enforcement Awards
Public Safety Awards are at Post’s discretion. There are no Public Safety Awards at department level.
Support to Service Members & Families: Answering the Call to Assist Our Nation’s Defenders
National Military Services: The VFW offers support and assistance to the military community through a variety of programs.
VFW Unmet Needs helps service members and their families who face unexpected financial difficulties, often as a result of unexpected or extended deployments.
VFW Military Assistance Program works to give troops and military families the help they need during long deployments and when they return. The program sponsors numerous morale-boosting sendoffs and homecomings for troops and their families. The events—which often include free entertainment, food and other festivities—are held at military bases across the nation, as well as at local VFW Posts.
Did You Know?
Texas VFW has over 72,000 members in 306 Posts statewide and it is through the strength of our membership that we continue to provide the support and legislative measures that ensure our veterans are recognized and rewarded for their service.
Last year Texas VFW donated more than 2.1 million dollars in community service activities. Along with 195,000 man hours of community service in communities all across Texas.
Texas VFW provides a no cost to the veteran Service Officer/Veteran Advocate Program for Texas veterans to ensure all entitlements and benefits earned are awarded.
Texas VFW conducts a teacher recognition program that honors teachers for excellence in teaching citizenship and patriotism to their students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Texas VFW works closely with the Texas Veterans Commission to ensure that every Texas Veteran is taken care of ranging from disability claims, job training and employment to education benefits.
Texas VFW works just as closely with the Texas Veterans Land Board to ensure that every Texas Veteran receives low cost home and land loans, state of the art Veteran homes and burial benefits in Texas State Veterans Cemeteries.
Texas VFW supports all Scouting programs, youth athletic teams, JROTC and many other youth programs.
Texas VFW Foundation has provided over $82,000 in financial grants to veterans severely affected by natural disasters in Texas.
Texas VFW Foundation has provided over $4 million in financial assistance to veterans who through no fault of their own need assistance with basic life-sustaining necessities.
Texas VFW is a strong supporter of the active duty military at Ft. Hood, Ft. Bliss, Ft. Sam Houston, and other military installations across Texas.