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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.

Our Mission


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

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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.


Community Programs

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 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 is a strong supporter of the active duty military at Ft. Hood, Ft. Bliss, Ft. Sam Houston, and other military installations across Texas.


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