The Veterans of Foreign Wars celebrates its 123rd Birthday today, now known as National VFW Day! Not only celebrated by its posts nationwide, but the generations of veterans, service members, their families and communities that continue to benefit for the service of this great organization.
In 1899, 13 veterans from the Spanish-America War and the Philippine Insurrection created the most dedicated group of combat veterans, originally called the American Veterans of Foreign Service. The organization opened its membership to all ranks, branches of service and all foreign war veterans.
The VFW Devotion to Service
With a steadfast devotion to service, the VFW through “to honor the dead by helping the living” has been advocating for veterans at Washington D.C. for over a century. All leading to the establishment of the Veterans Administration, the National Cemetery System and the GI Bill of Rights. Most recently, passage of the PACT Act of 2022 which again shows the influence and importance of veteran relations at Capitol Hill. Continued service to its veterans, the VFW has fought to recoup $10 billion annually for VA Disability compensation and pension benefits. A privilege that was earned to help ensure veterans and their families can get the care they deserve.
National & Local Community Service
Since 2004, the VFW has provided over $12.6 million in financial assistance to military families. Veteran and service members have been awarded $10.65 million in scholarships since 2014. With hard work and dedication, the VFW members and their Auxiliaries support local community service projects and have donated $52.2 million annually. Showings its unwavering commitment to fellow veterans, communities nationwide and our country.