COMMANDER'S MESSAGE

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible members and military service personnel from the active, guard and reserve forces. Our Post is also comprised of the VFW Auxiliary, Support Group, and 40&8 Voitures, which provide support to the Post and Veterans.

Our voice was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, development of the national cemetery system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, we 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. We were the driving force behind the Veterans Access and Accountability Act of 2014, ensuring women Veterans receive benefits and services that they have earned. It is important that we ensure women veterans have a VA that is ready and able to care for them when they transistion back to civilian life.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, in 2005 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010. And in 2015, we became the first supporter of the National Desert Storm War Memorial which Congress and President Trump approved in March 2017. It is scheduled to be built by 2021 in the National Mall.

We have many programs and services that work to support veterans, service members and their families, as well as communities worldwide.

We understand the bond you share with other Veterans of overseas conflicts because we have been there as well. No matter which conflict called you to service, we invite you to join us as we continue to fight for the good of all Veterans.


Respectfully,


Jerry Henwood
Commander