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New Year = New Site!

As you've undoubtedly seen... we upgraded our website!
Be sure to update any bookmarks you might have to the new links.
This new website is possible because of a partnership between Grassroots.org and Bluehost.com. Their partnership provides website hosting and other services for free to non-profit organizations.

Please take some time to look around and try out all the links. We promise, all the same information is being migrated here, as well as some exciting new things to be introduced.
If you happen to run into any issues, please contact the Information Officer.

History of the VFW

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 pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.

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 grew. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, it 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 care, services and recognition 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 2.1 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary contribute more than 11 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.
From providing $2.5 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.

To see what the VFW is up to in Washington DC, click here.
To learn more about VFW's community programs, click here.